Library hosts MPT's 50th anniversary exhibit

Pictured is a portion of the Maryland Public Television 50th-anniversary traveling exhibit on display at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton through Aug. 26.

OWINGS MILLS — Maryland Public Television is displaying its MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit at the Talbot County Free Library’s main library in Easton during August.

The exhibit is being offered at libraries across the state in celebration of the public broadcasting network’s 50 years of service to Marylanders.

The MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit explores the network’s origins, signature programs, familiar faces and evolution — all fulfilling MPT’s mission to enrich lives and strengthen communities through the power of media. Maryland’s public TV network first went on the air Oct. 5, 1969.

The exhibit features 10 display panels guiding visitors chronologically through MPT’s five decades of service and includes a station where viewers of all ages can color their favorite PBS characters or submit a note of congratulations to be displayed later this year on MPT’s virtual Birthday Wish Wall at mpt.org/50th.

The Talbot County Free Library in Easton is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and is closed on Sundays. The library is located at 100 W. Dover St., Easton. The MPT traveling exhibit will be on display through August 26.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, MPT’s 50th anniversary commemorations include the two-hour documentary “Made Possible By Viewers Like You: 50 Years of Maryland Public Television” — premiering on MPT-HD at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 — and an 82-page history book, “Made Possible By Viewers Like You: The History of Maryland Public Television, 1969-2019.” The history book is available for sale at the MPT Online Store at https://bit.ly/339fyai.

In October, MPT also will formally unveil a yearlong museum-quality exhibit at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library on the College Park campus.

All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.

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