Columbia Maryland Archives
- Archives Feasibility Study
- Columbia, Maryland
- 2012 - 2013
Extensive community interviews and in-depth look at the history of Columbia relative to other New Town or utopian communities help establish the importance of the archives as Columbia’s ‘memory’ in the arc of planned communities. By understanding the timing (as founders retire or leave), context (as a social and physical experiment), and opportunities (as a community connection and branding), the role of the Archives as part of another project (new central library or the expansion of the Town Center) was seen as a significant differentiator.
The process brought together many past and current community leaders for conversation and brainstorming in ways that had never happened. This heightened greater awareness on the importance of the Archives as a connector in a community that has grown to be the second largest city in Maryland. The final report is to be used as a catalyst for new programs, new exhibitions, increasing awareness within the community, and for funding based on the 50th anniversary of ground breaking.
Cultural Resources Management Group and Walt Crimm Associates