Since 1942, the Catoctin Mountains have provided presidents of the United States with a respite from the pressures and stresses of Washington, DC.

Camp David – formerly Shangri-La – has evolved from a highly secret, rustic facility to a resort-like mountain retreat, easily reached from the nation’s capital.

Established during the presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt, the “camp” was originally reached via a two-hour drive from Washington, through Frederick and Thurmont. Today it is minutes away from the White House via helicopter.

Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat with U.S. president Jimmy Carter at Camp David in 1978.

This presentation will trace the fascinating 75-year history of Camp David, detailing the day-to-day activities of its occupants and the momentous decisions and events which have taken place there. In addition to anecdotes about the chief executives and their families, highlights include FDR’s wartime deliberations with Winston Churchill, Eisenhower’s talks with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Nixon’s intense days at Camp David during the Watergate crisis, and Carter’s successful efforts to piece together the Camp David Accords with Anwar Sadat and Menachim Begin.

On Friday evening, May 26th, the Myersville-Wolfsville Area Historical Society will sponsor a free PowerPoint presentation exploring the rich history of the presidential retreat at Camp David.

The program, presented by Bob Savitt, local author and historian, is open to the public and will be followed by a social hour with refreshments. There is no charge.

The presentation will be on Friday, May 26th at 7:30 pm at the Myersville Fire Hall, 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD.

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