Please join the Prince George’s County Historical Society for its February 28, 2022, Zoom History Chat with Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  She will be having a wide-ranging and free-flowing conversation with John Peter Thompson, Chairman of the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission, about history and preservation, culture and heritage. They will talk about when she first became active in the County and what has changed and what has stayed the same.  She will also discuss the importance of the programs offered by the County’s Parks Department and historic sites.  The tables may even turn with Betty asking John Peter a few questions.


Ms. Hewlett is the first African American and the first woman to serve as Planning Board Chair.  She functions as Chief Executive Officer for the M-NCPPC in Prince George’s County. M-NCPPC provides land use planning for the County, including reviewing development applications, and administers a national award-winning parks and recreation program. As Chairman, she manages public, quasi-judicial hearings on land-use matters, ruling on and/or recommending approval or disapproval of all development projects in the County and rendering decisions on cases ranging from small subdivisions to large mixed-use developments.  She also maintains oversight of an agency that provides community planning services, regulates development, and affords first-class park and recreation programs for nearly two million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Additionally, Betty is an accomplished attorney, mentor, writer, and a prolific servant of the public interest.  She has been recognized throughout the region for her community service and professional achievements, which are many.  Balancing her professional and community service, Betty also loves reading, gardening, cooking, the performing arts, live music, dancing, old movies, travel, a cup of bold morning coffee, a glass of delectable evening wine, donning sneakers every chance she gets and spending cherished time with family and friends.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Feb 28, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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