Boyds Historical Society

Boyds Historical Society We are a small museum and local history organization in upper Montgomery County, MD. We are open the last Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
We welcome potential new members, contributions, suggestions, and requests for information. We are a non profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
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1980, BHS acquired the historic Boyds Negro School property. The school is located at 19510 White Ground Road. This one-room 22 x 30 foot wooden building, heated by a wood stove, served as the only public school for African Americans in the Boyds area from 1895-1936. The schoolhouse served students in grades 1-8, many of whom walked for miles to attend classes at the school. After the purchase of the property in 1980, the school was restored by BHS to its original condition in approximately 1900.

Mission: Our membership consists of local residents who share an interest in preserving our community's history.

07/24/2019

Come join us on Sunday, July 28, 2-4 pm for an Open House at the historic Boyds Negro School (19510 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD).

Don't miss this great event, and be sure to include BHS on your list to visit!
06/24/2019

Don't miss this great event, and be sure to include BHS on your list to visit!

Join us this weekend for Heritage Days 2019 and experience the life of a student in the 19th and early 20th centuries! Visit the Smithville School Museum, the Clarksburg Schoolhouse, Boyds Negro Schoolhouse, and the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum. Find full details at bit.ly/2WLzQay

05/13/2019

Come join us for our monthly meeting:
Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm
Historic Boyds Negro School
19510 White Ground Road, Boyds MD

The Bullis School visited the historic Boyds Negro School on Tuesday, April 16. This student thought it was the best fie...
04/17/2019

The Bullis School visited the historic Boyds Negro School on Tuesday, April 16. This student thought it was the best field trip ever. Students practice using dip pens, arithmetic problems on their chalk boards, and horse shoes and jump rope.

Come to our first Open House of the year on Sunday, April 28 2:00-4:00 pm at the historic Boyds Negro School (19510 Whit...
04/12/2019

Come to our first Open House of the year on Sunday, April 28 2:00-4:00 pm at the historic Boyds Negro School (19510 White Ground Rd.). We are accepting donations to sell at the Germantown Flea Market. Donations can be books, clothing, toys, movies, household goodies.

01/25/2019
chnm.gmu.edu

As we reflect on Black History Month, we remember that students attended the segregated Boyds Negro School on frigid January and February days such as these until 1936, when, along with a number of other deteriorating rural schools, BNS was closed.
Only six years earlier, in 1930, Thurgood Marshall was denied entry to the University of Maryland law school because he was black. Marshall, a Maryland native, went on to litigate pay equity cases on behalf of teachers in the segregated schools, such as Gibbs v. Broome, before his distinguished career and his appointment to the US Supreme Court. There are many people still living who were born in the 1930's. Consider the profound changes these folks have seen in a lifetime.
For more about Marshall, see one biography here:
http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/hill/marshall.htm.

Heritage Montgomery
11/01/2018

Heritage Montgomery

On this date in 1864, a constitutional amendment in Maryland resulted in the emancipation of enslaved people across the state. Join us this weekend as we celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at heritage sites all over Montgomery County, including Button Farm Living History Center, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and Art Gallery, and Montgomery Parks sites including Oakley Cabin, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Harper Cabin, and Josiah Henson Park. Full details, including dates and times, are available here: https://www.heritagemontgomery.org/events-calendar/

Photo: 2018 Gospel Extravaganza, Warren Historic Site, Poolesville

10/27/2018

Tomorrow, Sunday October 28, is our last monthly open house of the 2018 season. Stop by between 2 and 4 pm to visit the historic Boyds Negro School. After the open house, there will be a hymn sing from 4 to 5 pm. All are welcome! 🎶

Heritage Montgomery
10/24/2018

Heritage Montgomery

2018 is the "Year of Frederick Douglass" in honor of the 200th anniversary of the famed abolitionist, writer and orator's birth. Take a driving tour that starts on the Eastern Shore and through Annapolis and Baltimore to follow in his footsteps and discover the real Frederick Douglass in the places that shaped him. Full details and the map are here: bit.ly/2Ap9ezb

Closer to home, there are a number of African American Heritage Sites you can visit, including churches, schools, farms, and parks – all right here in Montgomery County. Learn more at heritagemontgomery.org.

Heritage Montgomery
10/16/2018

Heritage Montgomery

Join us this Saturday, October 20 for the first annual HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL in Boyds. Enjoy the beautiful setting of Susanna Farm Nursery with its ponds, historic buildings and lovely gardens. For detailed information of all activities offered, see: bit.ly/HeritageHarvest

BHS President, Miriam Schoenbaum, shares her knowledge of local history on the pontoon boat ride last Saturday (Little S...
10/15/2018

BHS President, Miriam Schoenbaum, shares her knowledge of local history on the pontoon boat ride last Saturday (Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park).

10/10/2018

BHS has some great events coming up for October.
This coming Saturday, Oct 13, at 2 pm, is the Pontoon boat ride on Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park, to learn more about the history of Boyds MD. 🌅

On Sunday, October 28, BHS will have our last monthly open house for 2018 at the historic school from 2 to 4 pm.
After the open house, from 4 to 5:00 pm, there will be a hymn sing at Boyds Negro School. 🎹 🎶

10/03/2018

BHS will be at the Germantown Flea Market this Saturday (hours are 8 to 1). Please come visit our table and buy some new treasures. The funds from these sales help us to pay the bills! Thanks!

» Brown vs. Board – Introduction
08/21/2018
» Brown vs. Board – Introduction

» Brown vs. Board – Introduction

For nearly a century, schools for black students in Montgomery County (and indeed most of the country) were denied the benefits provided to their entirely separate, but supposedly “equal,” white counterparts.  In facilities, supplies, monetary support, wages, term length, and academic standards...

County's Annual Farm Tour to be Held on July 28 and 29 | Montgomery Community Media
07/26/2018
County's Annual Farm Tour to be Held on July 28 and 29 | Montgomery Community Media

County's Annual Farm Tour to be Held on July 28 and 29 | Montgomery Community Media

Montgomery County’s farmers are getting ready for the 29th annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale event on July 28 and 29. The annual event started to help residents get to know their farmers and it takes place during the month of the Buy Local Challenge. Farm tours are free and many include activities...

Historic dairy farms
07/16/2018

Historic dairy farms

Learn about Montgomery County's historic dairies using the King Barn Dairy MOOseum's recently launched online MOO Map: http://map.mooseum.com. Heritage Montgomery is proud to be a partner in the effort of mapping our county’s historic dairy farms. For more perspective on Montgomery County’s dairy history, take a moment to read John Kelly’s article in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/remembering-a-time-when-montgomery-count-was-dairy--very-dairy-indeed/2018/07/10/8acfe848-8451-11e8-8f6c-46cb43e3f306_story.html?utm_term=.766f871589f5

Thurgood Marshall filed teacher pay equity cases on behalf of the NAACP in the 1930's.  Gibbs vs. Broome, filed in Rockv...
07/02/2018

Thurgood Marshall filed teacher pay equity cases on behalf of the NAACP in the 1930's. Gibbs vs. Broome, filed in Rockville, was one of those cases. The case was settled, and as a result, MCPS established more equality for teachers in the segregated black schools.

Today is the 110th birthday of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice! Did you know that he was from Maryland?

06/24/2018

Sack races at the historic Boyds Negro School. Join us for Heritage Days noon to 4:00 Sunday.

06/22/2018

Come by to see the historic Boyds Negro School (1896-1936). We are open for Heritage Days on June 23-24, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4:00.

The Quince Orchard Project
06/11/2018

The Quince Orchard Project

This Spring, students from UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove led by Dr. Melissa Blair worked diligently on a communications plan for JuneFest. They created press releases, contacted media, designed flyers, contacted other religious organizations and historic sites all to raise the profile of the Pleasant View Historic Site in the service of public history.

Here is a group of the students outside the historic Boyds Negro School with Dr. Blair

From The Monocle.
06/08/2018

From The Monocle.

Front page coverage in this week's Monocacy Monocle of a gathering celebrating completion of repairs to the historic Boyds Negro School, paid for with state $$ that I secured with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Kathleen Dumais and Aruna Miller!

Heritage Montgomery
06/06/2018

Heritage Montgomery

Join us for Heritage Days in and around Germantown … Enjoy crafts and games at BOYDS NEGRO SCHOOL, demonstrations and activities at Button Farm Living History Center, a walking tour of historic Germantown at HISTORIC GERMANTOWN BANK (Germantown Historical Society, Maryland), and children’s activities at KING BARN DAIRY MOOSEUM. For detailed information of all activities offered, see: http://www.heritagemontgomery.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/HD18-Brochure-for-web.pdf.

Be sure to put Boyds Negro School on your family's list of sites to visit for Heritage Days!
06/04/2018

Be sure to put Boyds Negro School on your family's list of sites to visit for Heritage Days!

It is #GreatOutdoorsMonth! Join us June 23 and 24 for Heritage Days! Over 40 FREE events at parks, museums and historic sites throughout Montgomery County with a host of family-friendly activities for all ages: music, kids’ programs, tours, history and art exhibits, and much more! Locations open 12-4pm. For details: http://www.heritagemontgomery.org/events/heritage-days/.

Last Sunday, BHS was privileged to thank and recognize Maryland Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo ...
06/01/2018

Last Sunday, BHS was privileged to thank and recognize Maryland Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo for their efforts to introduce a bond bill to secure Maryland state financing for desperately needed repairs to the historic Boyds Negro School. BHS President, Miriam Schoenbaum made the presentations.

Check out this interview with Sarah Rogers with details about the upcoming Heritage Days weekend in June.
05/29/2018
Heritage Days

Check out this interview with Sarah Rogers with details about the upcoming Heritage Days weekend in June.

Yolanda Vazquez talks with Sarah Rogers, Executive Director for Heritage Montgomery. They discuss Heritage Days that will take place June 23rd & 24th countywide. For more information on  Heritage Days and Heritage Montgomery, visit their website.

Senator Brian Feldman
05/28/2018

Senator Brian Feldman

Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo and I today each received a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Boyds Historical Society for our work securing state dollars for repairs to the historic Boyds Negro School. Credit also goes out to Delegates Aruna Miller and Kathleen Dumais for their important role in obtaining the funds!

05/25/2018

It is Memorial Day weekend! 🇺🇸
Don't forget to include the monthly BHS open house in your Sunday plans, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

President Lincoln's Cottage
05/13/2018

President Lincoln's Cottage

The origins of Mother's Day can be traced back to the Civil War. Ann Jarvis, a mother in West Virginia, worked tirelessly to improve sanitation and health for all, including Civil War soldiers (on both sides) by establishing "Mothers’ Day Work Clubs." Club members visited households to educate mothers and their families about improving sanitation and overall health. She also pushed for an annual memorial to recognize the grieving mothers who'd lost their sons during the War.

While Ann Jarvis started the effort, her daughter Anna Jarvis took up the cause in her mother's name. Anna Jarvis made it her mission to make Mother’s Day an officially recognized holiday in the United States. She succeeded when, in 1914--50 years after the original efforts--President Woodrow Wilson signed a congressional resolution officially making the second Sunday in May the national Mother’s Day.

05/01/2018

Our engaging video, "Boyds Negro School: Historic Lives" can be viewed on YouTube. One of the former students recalls how they used to "wrap the Maypole." Does anyone remember that tradition for the beginning of the month of May?

04/13/2018

BHS was very pleased to welcome 23 fourth grade students (and their teachers) from Bullis School to the historic Boyds Negro School today. The students learned about one room schools, about segregation, and about daily life nearly 100 years ago. They participated in an activity rotation, and they had a great time!
Let us know if your group or your family would like to visit.

Boyds Historical Society is at Kites Over Clarksburg at Ovid Wells Park!  Come on out and join in the fun!
03/31/2018

Boyds Historical Society is at Kites Over Clarksburg at Ovid Wells Park!
Come on out and join in the fun!

03/28/2018

The winners of our local History Day competition have been posted on the Montgomery County Historical Society website:

Charles T. Jacobs Prize in Local History (Sponsored by Boyd Historical Society)

Ciara Longsworth, Hannah Fairweather, Emily Crites, Tillman v. Wheaton Haven Recreation Association, Walter Johnson High School

Excellent work!

Boyds Historical Society is proud once again to have supported a special prize as part of Montgomery County History Day ...
03/18/2018
» History Day

Boyds Historical Society is proud once again to have supported a special prize as part of Montgomery County History Day competition. The theme this year was Conflict and Compromise. Students compete at the local, state, and national level.
Winners will be posted soon on the Montgomery County Historical Society web page.
http://montgomeryhistory.org/history-day/

National History Day is a fantastic opportunity for students in middle and high school to learn about history while practicing their research and critical thinking skills. Students perform in-depth research on a historical topic, create a presentation in one of five formats (paper, exhibit, document...

Awesome turnout for a great program!
02/26/2018

Awesome turnout for a great program!

A great big thank you to the Boyds Historical Society for doing our Lakeside Chat today! It was standing room only.

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P. O. Box 161
Boyds, MD
20841

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