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Oral History Collections

Through Countian Eyes


There is perhaps no better way to learn history than through the personal recollections of those that were part of it. St. Mary's County Historical Society recognizes the importance of these personal recollections and desires to make available several collections of oral histories relating to St. Mary's County.

The first is a collection of eighty-five oral histories collected by the United Committee for Afro-American Contributions. In this collection, St. Mary’s County African American community members share stories that reflect the rich diversity and experiences of an important segment of our county.

The second is a history of the Lexington Manor housing development, also known as "the Flat Tops". Lexington Manor was built in 1944 to house the influx of workers flocking to the county to build the new Patuxent River Naval Air Station. In this collection, eight former residents tell in their own words what this neighborhood and its community meant to them. The collection was sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary's County in order to preserve the history of significant development in the county.

We hope you enjoy the collections!

UCAC Oral Histories Collection Exhibit

Oral History Main 110223

Explore The Stories

Use the links below to see all the entries in each oral history collection as they are cataloged in PastPerfect, our collections management software.  Each entry has information about the collection item, and many have links to digitized items in the collection.

UCAC Collection Archive

Lexington Manor Collection Archive