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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.

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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.

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.

Specific sessions at the History Conference
01/16/2018

Specific sessions at the History Conference

For the next two weeks, we'll be featuring information about the exciting session topics at our 2018 History Conference on January 27, 2018!

One such session you may choose to attend is: "Muslim Experiences in Montgomery County: A Panel Discussion", moderated by Jim Johnston.

With religious intolerance on the rise across the country, it is incumbent upon historians to document and record those experiences. And all too often, non-Christian religions like Islam are given short shrift in American history, though locally both Jim Johnston’s From Slave Ship to Harvard and Stephen Stec’s new article “Riley v. Worthington” in the Montgomery County Story highlight the overlooked presence of Muslims in our early history. In keeping with the adage that “today is tomorrow’s history,” Jim Johnston will lead a panel of individuals from Pakistan, the United States, Palestine, and Algeria in a conversation to discuss what it is like to be Muslim in Montgomery County today. Join this panel in leaving a record for future historians.

A blog to engage in further dialogue about the panel can be found at: https://muslimexperiencesinmoco.blogspot.com/.

Register --> http://montgomeryhistory.org/historyconference/

This is a great event every year.
12/19/2017

This is a great event every year.

Join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Montgomery College for the 12th Annual MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISTORY CONFERENCE! Every year, we invite people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to explore and celebrate the history that shapes our local community and diverse Montgomery County residents.

This year’s conference will open with a history of Metro and the Red Line’s development in the county. Breakout sessions include topics such as Thurgood Marshall’s early civil rights victory in Montgomery County, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, free African American communities’ involvement in the Underground Railroad, the role of local leaders in launching the American Revolution in 1774, and an overview of local development during the explosive 1950s. An oral history training session for beginners and a panel discussion on Muslim experiences in the County will also be offered. For the first time, Montgomery College students will present on postwar immigration in Montgomery County. The closing session will feature world-renowned Smithsonian anthropologist Doug Owsley and his forensic excavation of the Chesapeake.

Register Now to reserve your spot for this thought-provoking day! http://montgomeryhistory.org/historyconference/

(Caption: Silver Spring Metro Station circa 1978)

Recent local history presentations.  Time change to NOON.
12/06/2017

Recent local history presentations. Time change to NOON.

Do you remember the forest fire that happened at Black Hill in March of 2016? Did you wonder what has happened in that area? You can join students from Montgomery College as they present findings from data they collected this sememster in the fire zone . Presentations should be around 12:30pm this Thursday Dec. 7th here at the Visitors Center.

Boyds Historical Society
11/28/2017
Boyds Historical Society

Boyds Historical Society

The Boyds Historical Society (BHS) was organized in 1975 (as the Boyds/Clarksburg Historical Society). Our membership consists of local residents who share an interest in preserving our community's history. We welcome potential new members, contributions, suggestions, and requests for information.

On this Giving Tuesday, don't forget the nonprofit organizations in your local area.  There is a donation link on our we...
11/28/2017
Boyds Historical Society

On this Giving Tuesday, don't forget the nonprofit organizations in your local area. There is a donation link on our web page: http://www.boydshistory.org/Welcome.html
We appreciate all of the support that allows us to continue our mission of historic preservation, heritage tourism, providing education & serving the community.

The Boyds Historical Society (BHS) was organized in 1975 (as the Boyds/Clarksburg Historical Society). Our membership consists of local residents who share an interest in preserving our community's history. We welcome potential new members, contributions, suggestions, and requests for information.

We are excited today to be at the State House in Annapolis, where the Board of Public Works  agenda includes a grant for...
11/01/2017

We are excited today to be at the State House in Annapolis, where the Board of Public Works agenda includes a grant for BHS for necessary repairs to the historic school. This grant came to us through a bond bill, thanks to the tremendous efforts of Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo and Sen. Brian Feldman. We are so grateful for their support.

10/25/2017

Boyds Historical Society was pleased to be able to host 37 members of the 2017 class of Leadership Montgomery this morning for their visit to the historic one room school. Part of our mission is community outreach and history education. Let us know if your group would like to visit!

Come out this morning to the GHS flea market at the Germantown MARC station lot and help support Boyds Historical Societ...
10/07/2017

Come out this morning to the GHS flea market at the Germantown MARC station lot and help support Boyds Historical Society. There are lots of "treasures" and it is a beautiful morning!

Look for the BHS table at the Poolesville Day festival this Saturday, September 16.
09/13/2017

Look for the BHS table at the Poolesville Day festival this Saturday, September 16.

Poolesville Day is this Saturday! PARADE DETAILS...Parade starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. One person from your parade group will need to check in between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. the day of the parade. Check in will be at a tent just outside of Poolesville Elementary School (PES). Your group will be assigned a place to wait with a corresponding number for your group. Walkers will wait in the lot in front of PES; cars and motorcycles and other small vehicles will wait on Cattail Road; trucks and large floats will be stationed on Fisher Avenue. A volunteer will help you find your station should you need clarification the day of the event. We're looking forward to a fun parade and a great day!

09/13/2017
Black Hill Nature Programs, Montgomery Parks

Black Hill Nature Programs, Montgomery Parks

3 day 'til Monarch Fiesta Day!! A gentle reminder- Wegmans will be selling delicious Latin food and all the proceeds go to support the Black Hill SEED Classroom. Cash ONLY!

08/20/2017

Visit the historic BNS for our monthly Open House event on Sunday, August 27. We will also be gratefully be accepting donations of household items to sell to raise funds for repairs. Household items (no furniture), books, clothes, CDs and movies, and other items may be donated. Thank you.

07/28/2017

BHS is now registered with Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon shopper, you can go to the Amazon Smile page and select BHS as the charity to benefit from your purchases (at no cost to you). Every little bit helps and it is a great way to benefit your local community.
https://smile.amazon.com

06/22/2017

It's right around the corner! Visit us for Heritage Days this weekend, Saturday or Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m..
www.heritagemontgomery.org

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P. O. Box 161
Boyds, MD
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