A library featuring the personal papers of anti-communist hero Whittaker Chambers is being planned on the site of his farm in Maryland. Unfortunately, local authorities are considering a water project that could damage part of the property. Chambers’ son John is asking for help to save the farm. Time is of the essence.
The farm is the scene of the famous pumpkin patch where the “pumpkin papers” had been hidden by Chambers before being turned over to the House Committee on un-American Activities. The “papers” were actually microfilm copies of secret and stolen State Department documents given to Chambers by Hiss for transmission to the Soviet Union. They constituted absolute proof of Hiss’s guilt. The patch today is part of the lawn.
The Whittaker Chambers farm, located in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County, was declared a national historic landmark under the Reagan Administration and President Reagan posthumously bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Chambers.
The Carroll County Commission (Maryland) should be contacted and respectfully asked to change their plans to flood or harm any portion of the Whittaker Chambers farm.
Please send all comments on the draft Water Resources Element to Carroll County Commission, Att. Brenda Dinne, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 225 North Center Street, Room 204, Westminster, MD 21157.