Monday, March 16, 2009

Charles and Helen Linthicum Commemoration Success!

Refreshments and welcome table at shopping center.

The beercan wreath

Despite neglect by those in town who say they are interested in history and community spirit the celebration was a grand success. The Linthicums were remembered with a few words and a wreath. Check out the Charles linthicum page for the video.
We plan to do it again. March 17, Sunday 2010. If you would like to take part let us know.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

North Linthicum Pool Needs Your Help Now!

Community's pool dries up


Published 03/11/09

It was a place where children laughed and played, grew up and worked for 35 years.

Now the North Linthicum Recreation Center Club may be going down for the last time, pulled under by dwindling membership and an economy that's made floating a loan impossible.

"Ever since I've been on the board it's always been a struggle for us to open every year," life-long member Tammy Lovill said. "But we always seemed to get through that."

Board members are still hoping to find a rescue for the club, which consists of an Olympic pool with a diving well on 1.9 acres next to the county's Overlook Park. They've set an April 1 deadline and are seeking donations.

But they aren't optimistic.

"It will probably go up to auction, and will fade away," Board President Tu Armagost said. "It would just be sitting there until someone purchases the land and they can decide what they want to do with it."

Treasurer Alan Doelp, who took office in September, said the financial situation has been brewing for years.

"Membership has been declining for some time and the efforts to recruit new members were largely limited to the North Linthicum community itself," he said.

The club charges $510 a year for a full-family membership. North Linthicum has 840 households, but last year there were only 37 full-time members.

That provided insufficient financial support, so the board decided to advertise to other communities. Funding those efforts, however, proved to be difficult.

"By and large in an operation like this you get families with small children that get memberships so their children have some place to go in the summer," Doelp said.

"You will have membership that wax and wanes as the demographics of the community change."

Just as membership reached a critically low point, the economy slipped in to recession. Doelp said there was no way to get a loan until membership recovered.

The club approached the county to see if it wanted to take the pool over as a public recreational asset.

"They said they were not interested," said Armagost.

He predicts a buyer may build on top of the pool and add more residential units to the neighborhood, something he says would be a shame.

"It improves the property value of a lot of the homes in the area. It provides employment opportunities for the kids," Armagost said. "It is a big tie for local families. People grow up come back and have their kids work there."

Lovill has been a member since third grade and has fond memories of the pool.

"I was up there everyday from open to close. It's just a great place to be with family and friends."

Lovill said membership slowly grew to include people outside of the immediate community and became was a great place for barbecue and kids parties.

"The BGE increase, and chemicals and food it all came to a head in the last year," Lovill said.

"We've had donations up to $7,500 but our bills are double that now with interest and late fees."

Lovill said the board has tried almost everything, from advertising campaigns and to fundraisers.

"We are just hoping for a miracle," said Lovill.

To make a donation write the North Linthicum Recreation Center Club, P.O. Box 71, Linthicum MD 21090.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Book on the Linthicums Finally Out-Get your copy today!

A huge amount of work and high overhead for our small company but we did it and the new two volume primary study of John Charles Linthicum and his wife Helen A. Linthicum is finally out.
All you need to know. Makes for fascinating reading as these two helped to bring the New Post Civil War order to our region as they transformed slave plantations into hundreds of mortgages and ground rents. These two were patriots of the gilded age and some of the most well known people of the region. All of the primary information is there. Great detail. Amazing.

For more information go here.

We are independently funded and making a minimal profit on these books. We like to think that the word needs to get out and our history needs preservation- give us a hand.


Latest on the Linthicum Commemorative Gathering Saturday March 14 11 am Linthicum shopping center back

Celebrate our Heritage

John Charles and Helen A. Linthicum Commemoration

March 14 Saturday

Time: 11:00 - 12 Gather back parking lot of Linthicum Shopping Center Linthicum Heights 21090

12:00 Walk over to the Charles Linthicum Park Maple Road Afterwards Gather at Howard's Subway 711 N Hammonds Ferry Rd 21090 to celebrate! All welcome!


This event commemorates the day the bill authored by Mr. Linthicum-the first designed to repeal prohibition was voted on in Congress.

Monday, February 23, 2009

North Linthicum Pool to Close

Sad news concerning our local swimming pool. I hope they try lowering the cost of membership. I was put off by the stock ownership configuration and found it more than I could afford. Also I don't think they had a per day fee. Another thing that I hope they consider. In our local real estate market they should get a good amount if the property is sold. I hope that is not driving the decison either. Always a good neighbor in the community-



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NORTH LINTHICUMIn a community that has largely escaped the wave of home foreclosures, the economic downturn has claimed a different sort of victim: the community swimming pool.

More than 30 years ago, a few dozen residents of North Linthicum, the small corner of Linthicum that lies inside the beltway, joined forces and raised money to buy 2 acres of undeveloped land, where they built a swimming pool. At the time, there were no public pools in Anne Arundel County; if you wanted to swim, you had to belong to a swim club.

The North Linthicum Recreation Club opened its pool in the summer of 1977 and has opened every summer since then, providing a summer respite for residents and jobs for many of their children. Now, faced with declining membership and mounting debt, the North Linthicum pool is poised to go out of business.

“You could call it a ‘perfect storm,’”, said Tu Armagost, NLRC President. “Memberships declined to an all-time low, and at the same time much of our contractual business disappeared.

“In better times, we could have gone to a bank and borrowed money to get through the slump, do some aggressive marketing, and re-invent ourselves. But right now nobody’s lending, especially not to a seasonal operation like ours.”

When banks declined to help, the pool’s officers tried to find private financing, and sought help from county and state officials. Nothing worked. “Everybody’s in the same boat,” Armagost said. “Nobody has any money right now.”


At its most recent meeting, the pool’s board of directors reluctantly agreed that all options had been exhausted, and voted to begin the process of shutting down the pool and liquidating its chief asset – the 2 acres of land where the pool is located, adjacent to Overlook Park.

“We are still holding out hope we can find a buyer who would continue to operate the pool,” Armagost said, “but realistically speaking, it’s much more likely that we’ll eventually see residential development on that property.

“It’s a real shame,” he said. “The pool has been a great asset to the community. When it’s gone, everyone loses.”


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Importan change of Event March 14- Not Parade Just Commemorative Gatherings.

Please change your information- Sorry for the inconvenience. Not enough interest for formal parade so we will just commemorate. There is not enough parking in the park and it is not on any map so we will gather in the Linthicum Heights 21090 parking lot for a few words then distribute maps to the park and commemorate there.
Commemorative Gathering
Gather together to remember two Maryland Patriots-- John Charles Linthicum Charles Linthicum To be Celebrated with Commemorative Gathering.
We gather at the center of Linthicum Heights in the Shopping Center for a few words and to find parking. We will distribute maps to the park which is only a few blocks away. (but as it is a new park and has little parking it is not on any maps as yet.) So first a few words in the center of town, maps, find parking then a second commemoration at the park at noon. Wreath laying maybe a speech. Afterwards we will find some place for a social gathering with refreshments.

March 14 2009

Thus far...
Commemoration will take place rain or shine.

We are looking for a sponsor bar to provide special deals for commemoration participants after the parade maybe 1930s beer prices! (remember no beer in commemoration) e.mail us

Girls are encouraged to wear costume jewelry and roses in honor of Mrs. Linthicum

1930s dress is encouraged

1930s vehicles are encouraged

Artcars will take part

Participants can dress up with I'm Linthicum tee shirts from our on-line store

Remember the Linthicums with great gift items-tote bag, mugs, pins etc... Build Community spirit! Remember our history!
Visit the store here-

March 14, 1932

On March 14, 1932, the House voted on the question of bringing out from the
Judiciary Committee the Beck-Linthicum resolution, which proposed that Congress ...
-Straw Votes: A Study of Political Prediction - Page 156 by Claude Everett Robinson, Columbia University Council for Research in the Social Sciences - Elections - 1932 - 203 pages

Yes indeed! NO! It is not a parade but a commemorative gathering to recognize the importance of our rights and the man that started the legislation rolling which ended in the repeal of prohibition. Even though Linthicum was a tea totaller (In his own words: "A temperance man"- he knew the value of our rights. Note that Linthicum was cited as being in favor of just such a parade:

"Representatives J. Charles Linthicum and Vincent Palmisano and former Representative John Philip Hill favor a beer parade in Baltimore such as Mayor Walker plans for New York. Walter H . Buck president of the Baltimore Association Against the Prohibition Amendment; Edgar Allan Poe Jr., head of the Crusaders here, and other civic and political leaders sowed interest in the idea of a national demonstration.
Mr. Buck explained that his association was interested in repeal of the prohibition amendment rather than modification, and expressed regret that the Baltimore Association of Commerce recently refused to follow the lead of similar bodies in Chicago and New York,, which passed resolutions calling on Congress to pass a bill making beer available for tax revenue.
Mr. Poe said he felt sure that the members of the Crusaders would be willing to march here in a beer parade. But in the absence of official advice on the matter from the Crusaders' New York headquarters he was unwilling to commit himself.

-"Linthicum for Beer Parade.", The New York Times.,April 17, 1932, pg.2.

The commemoration will be a good civic experience for young and old. A good chance to learn local history and to take part in the commemoration of our local Patriot Charles Linthicum. All are invited to contribute. The commemoration will take place on the closest Saturday in March to the date the amendment reached the floor of the Congress.

The commemoration will start at the Linthicum shopping center (Linthicum Heights, 21090) and end at the Linthicum Memorial in the Charles Linthicum Park. Anyone wanting to take part can contact me at

. There will be no alcohol in the route, at the shopping center or in the park at the ending. There will be a gathering at a place to be announced where our freedoms can be exercised.

We welcome one and all to participate. A beer can wreath will be laid at the base of the monument.

The commemoration will proceed in all weather!
Watch this space for further details!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Charles Linthicum Parade Set for March 14 Saturday 2009

Yes a parade to honor the man who made North Linthicum happen!
John Charles Linthicum and his wife Helen
March 14, Saturday
It will start sometime around 11- time to be established.
It will occur in all weather
It will begin at the Linthicum Heights Shopping center (21090)
It will end at the Linthicum Memorial adjacent to Maple road.
All are invited! No beer in the Parade!
Local organizations are invited to participate contact
We encourage dress up in 1930s clothes and for the girls- lots of diamonds and jewelry as Mrs. Linthicum would have wished! You can dress up in an I am Linthicum Tee shirt see our shop on line-
click for the store

click to purchase the new guide book to all of the Linthicum related sites monuments etc

To learn about the Linthicums and to track progress on the parade go to the web page
click here

I hope that this will be a great opportunity for community solidarity! and for re-discovery of our history.