Books about Bowie

"Images of America
 BOWIE"

by Pamela Peck Williams and Yoku Shaw-Taylor
with the City of Bowie Museums
Published by Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2016



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This book celebrates the history of Bowie in photographs. From old photos of the railroad station in Old Bowie to construction of Belair at Bowie, to modern day Bowie, readers will enjoy seeing these snapshots of local history. 
This book is sold in the Belair Mansion gift shop for $21.99. 



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"Town of Bowie Maryland - 1870 - 1960"


Published by the Huntington Heritage Society, 1992
Bowie, Maryland

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Enjoy this wide reaching retrospective of Bowie from its earliest days as a colonial estate through the first half of the twentieth century. Filled with photos, facts, and personal recollections, this book gives the reader a true sense of what the Town of Bowie was like in its earliest days. Chapter topics include churches, businesses, the railroad, and disastrous fires in Bowie.

This book is available for purchase from the Huntington Heritage Society or the Belair Mansion Gift Shop.

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"Belair from the Beginning"


by Shirley V. Baltz
Published by the City of Bowie Museums, 2005

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This book by historian Shirley Baltz details the history of the Belair estate from its earliest days as the Catton tract to its tranformation into a museum showcasing the history of Belair Mansion. It includes brief geneaologies of three families who had major impacts on the estate: the Ogle, Tasker, and Woodward families.

This book may be purchased at the Belair Mansion Gift Shop or online at Amazon.com.

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Belair Stud


The Cradle of Maryland Horse Racing


by Kimberly Gatto
Published by History Press, 2012

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This book details the role of the Belair Stud, located in Bowie, Maryland, in the history of Maryland Thoroughbred Racing.

Belair Stud is available for purchase on Amazon.com and other online sites and at the Belair Mansion Gift Shop.

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"Cherished Memories About Living


in Bowie or the Vicinity"


Published by the Huntington Heritage Society, 2015

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The book is a collection of stories and memories by some of Bowie's oldest families. Together they paint a picture of what it meant to live in Bowie over the years. Story topics are wide ranging. They include memories from World War II, local superstitions, working at the Bowie Race Track, and vignettes about some of the people who made Bowie such a special place to be over the years.

This book is available for purchase at the Belair Mansion Gift Shop, the Old Bowie Welcome Center, and from the Huntington Heritage Society.

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Sacred Heart at Whitemarsh 1734 - 2015



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This book is a comprehensive history of Bowie's oldest place of worship. There is also a related book entitled "Early Records of the White Marsh Church".



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Detached America


Building Houses in Postwar Suburbia


by James Jacobs
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This book provides a look at suburban America including the history of Belair at Bowie. Dr. Jacobs also participated in a study of Belair at Bowie.

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A Chronicle of Belair


by Shirley V. Baltz
Published by the Bowie Heritage Committee, Bowie, MD, 1984

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This book contains an extensive history of the Belair Estate and those who lived there from the 17th Century through the 20th Century. It also includes an architectural analysis of Belair Mansion and a report on the archaeological work that has been done at the Mansion over the years.

It is no longer in print, but may be viewed in the research library at the Belair Mansion.

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Belle Aire in Bowie


Its Families & History


Published by Bowie American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, 1977

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Written for the Bicentennial Celebration, this book describes the chronicles of Belair, which became the basis for Shirley Baltz' book of the same name (described above). It also includes the names that are inscribed on the tombstones in several family and church cemeteries in Bowie and the surrounding area.

It is no longer in print, but may be viewed in the research library at the Belair Mansion.