Interchange – Fall 2009

It’s been a quiet late Spring and Summer at Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting. Shan Holt, the new director of the Sandy Spring Museum shared her vision for the Museum with the Meeting on May 31. Shan is seeking to build on the museum’s two abiding strengths – the importance of local history in regional, national and international historical narratives and the love that the Sandy Spring community feels for both history and the museum. Among the historical narratives that the museum chronicles is Sandy Spring’s role as an epicenter of the Underground Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century.

The building that houses the Sandy Spring Museum was designed by Architect Miche Booz, who is a member of our Meeting and who designed the plan for what we are now calling “The New Community House Building.” The Development Committee for the proposed building held training sessions with Friends who are now conducting interviews and holding discussions with members and attenders as part of the fundraising process. In addition, the Building Design Committee, environmental design consultant Peter Doo and Miche, our architect, met with members and attenders to present information and gather feedback about what kinds of green features should be incorporated into the proposed building.

We were particularly saddened this summer by the loss of longtime member Don McCandless. Don was energetically involved with the Meeting as a Trustee, as a member of the Building Design Committee and as a near-constant presence at Meeting for Business. He was also a driving force behind the Friends House Retirement Community’s choir. Don’s keen insights – not to mention his engaging witticisms and high spirits – will be sorely missed.

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