SOS has planned three events for this spring—the restoration of the Hiawatha statue, a special tour of the Glen, and the history of the B&O Railroad that served Forest Glen. See Upcoming Events for details and to register for these events.
In Their Own Words – Letters from NPS Students
SOS will present an online program this Wednesday evening of live readings of letters written by a few students and excerpts from the diary of a student of National Park Seminary. Please see the Upcoming Events page for more details.
Special Glen Tour Rescheduled!
SOS has rescheduled its special tour of the historic Glen at National Park Seminary for Sunday, November 20. Reservations are required.
Hiawatha’s Restoration Begins
After years of planning for the restoration of Hiawatha, the historic Native American statue next to the Spanish mission house at Linden Lane and Woodstock, Save Our Seminary is thrilled to announce that on Thursday, October 27, the statue is being removed by special art movers and taken to the selected conservator’s shop.
The old yellow primer will be removed, cracks in the metal repaired, a new bow created, and paint applied to match Hiawatha’s original color of bronze. Pending weather, the deteriorated stone pedestal will also be dismantled and rebuilt exactly as the original. We hope to celebrate Hiawatha’s return by early spring if not before.
Thanks to the generous donors to Save Our Seminary, another piece of sculpture history at National Park Seminary will be restored.
Special Tour of the Glen
SOS is holding a special tour of the historic Glen at National Park Seminary on Sunday, November 13. Reservations are required.
Glen Photo Map Online
A new addition to our website is a Google Map of the Glen that easily links to photos of almost all the features of the Glen—all from the convenience of your computer or iPhone. Now you can tour the Glen whenever you wish.
Tours for 2022
Check our schedule of monthly tours for this year and find a date that works for you to visit and learn the history of this enchanting place.
Our special tour of the Glen portion of the National Park Seminary property in November 2021 was so successful that we are offering two special tours of the Glen this year.
The proposed widening of the Beltway section that would adversely affect the historic landscape of National Park Seminary has for the time being been put on hold, but SOS continues to monitor any action that revisits this potential encroachment.
Thanks to a grant from Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust, SOS was able to contract for a feasibility study of the most deteriorated features in the Glen—the Grand Staircase, the Grotto hillside, and bridge to the Spring. Repair and restoration are feasible, although expensive, so SOS will plan the next steps to save these features.
Last Public Tour of the Year
Our last public tour of the year will be on Saturday, November 27 at 1:00PM.
Special Tour of the Glen
The tour for November 27 is now full.