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Members of Class of 1938 of Takoma Park Elementary School
Members of the Takoma Park Elementary School class of 1938 pictured on their first day of 2nd grade. Photo: Washington Herald, September 14, 1933

Historic Takoma Park and Takoma Park Elementary School

Takoma Park, the District of Columbia's first suburb, had its inception when B.F. Gilbert sold the first Takoma lot in 1883. He realized that the coincident creation of a Federal Civil Service and the completion of the B & O Railroad through the area offered ideal conditions for the creation of a successful suburb.

The project documents Takoma Park's history, as well as the founding and growth of the Takoma Park Elementary School, and was prompted by the 50-year reunion in 1988 of the class of 1938 of T.P.E.S., and reminiscences of Takoma Park and the school by the surviving classmates.

Originally submitted by: Albert Russell Wynn, Representative (4th District).

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