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Before the Base: Cedar Point Before the Patuxent River Naval Air Station

December 7 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

The Pax Partnership and the Patuxent River Council Navy League of the United States present:

“Before the Base – Cedar Point Before the Patuxent River Naval Air Station”
Eve Love and John Cook, editors

Thurs. December 7th  |  8:30-9:30am
Location: USMSM | Building 2 | Center Hall
44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619

Keynote speaker: Eve Love


Full registration link: https://paxpartnership.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/paxpartnership/event.jsp?event=949&


Recently published by the Calvert Marine Museum, this book details the documents and procedures the U.S. Navy used to purchase 6,000+ acres in Southern Maryland during 1942, to build what would become Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

Join us to learn more about this profound transformation!

Full book title:
“Before the Base: Patuxent Naval Air Test Center Property Condemnation Appraisals 1942”
This book is available for purchase exclusively at the Calvert Marine Museum store
(link: https://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=468)


Eve Love’s bio: Eve Love, a native of St. Mary’s County, is an ardent student of history and genealogy. Her interest in family history began as a young adult listening to family stories. She has taught genealogy classes at the College of Southern Maryland. Eve lives near Historic Sotterley and volunteers there in the Colonial Revival Garden and as a docent during tour season. She is a volunteer member of the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Committee and a long-time member of the historical society.

Eve assisted her husband, John Cook, with scanning, typing, and compiling data for “Before the Base.” John’s early years were in Lexington Park. As a teenager he lived in St. Mary’s City where he forged his interest in local history, finding arrow heads in the freshly plowed fields and assisting the early digs at St. John’s site. He dives into his research to find the history and backstory of any item or event. John is a retired elementary school teacher but continues to teach for the Museum Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Recent news articles on this title:

–Southern MD News article (10/2/23): https://www.somdnews.com/enterprise/community/features/new-book-details-pax-river-property-condemnation/article_b992c9de-54ad-11ee-873a-b7a6cceb0766.html#:~:text=1%20of%204-,The%20husband%20and%20wife%20team%20of%20John%20Cook%2C%20left%2C%20and,build%20the%20base%20in%201942.

–The BayNet: https://thebaynet.com/calvert-marine-museum-publishes-latest-book-before-the-base/


Printable program summary
(full link: https://paxpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Before-the-Base-program-summary-120723.pdf)


→ Registration is complimentary for all attendees.
 <<Attendees do not have to be TPP members>>

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For any questions or concerns, please reach out to TPP Programs & STEM Manager, Danielle Moore danielle.moore@paxpartnership.org.



December 7
8:30 am - 9:30 am


University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland – Building 2, Center Hall
44219 Airport Road
California, MD 20619 United States
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