​Leading a talk and tour at Linthicum Walks, October 25, 2014, an event planned for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the town of Crofton.

Maryland Stories

  • writing a history of the Crofton area of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • creating Facebook albums and public programs commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the town of Crofton (2013-2014) 
  • writing articles on the struggle for post-Civil War African American schools in Southern Maryland
  • writing a biographical study of an African American Freedman's Bureau agent
  • recounting stories about Linthicum Walks and the Crofton area on numerous occasions since 1979

Dr. Joseph L. Browne      jlbrowne41@gmail.com     720-883-7079


  • history teacher in schools in the United States, primarily Prince George's County, Maryland, as well as in Berlin, Germany at the John F. Kennedy Schule,  in Milan, Italy at the American School of Milan, and in England at the American Community School-Hillingdon.
  • Ph.D. in American Studies and Education from the University of Maryland

Joe Browne:

Historian, Teacher, Writer, Public Spekaer

I helped to kick-off Washington's Cluss Exhibition at the Ruth Overbeck Memorial Lecture in September 2005 with a talk on "Cluss on Capitol Hill."

I still enjoying teaching whenever I get the chance. Here I am leading a tour of the Cluss Exhibition in 2006 for students from the German School in Washington.

Stories of Maryland and Washington, DC History

Stories about ​Adolf Cluss and his Work

I have devoted over a decade to encouraging public interest about Adolf Cluss  (1825-1905),  German immigrant and Washington, D.C. architect:

  • writing a biography of Cluss's life, work, connections and impact
  • directing Washington, D.C.'s Adolf Cluss Project, 2001-2010, that highlighted Cluss's life and work through exhibitions, public programs, books, a newsletter, and a website
  • writing articles about Cluss's career and architecture 
  • presenting illustrated public programs about Cluss, his clients, his priorities and the changing capital city that he experienced and helped to shape