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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We welcome potential new members, contributions, suggestions, and requests for information. We are a non profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

We welcome potential new members, contributions, suggestions, and requests for information. We are a non profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

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

Operating as usual

Check out this new exhibit at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.  It is about local upcounty schools.
08/13/2020

Check out this new exhibit at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. It is about local upcounty schools.

Brand new exhibit on Gaithersburg schools in the schoolroom.
#GburgHistory

08/05/2020
Montgomery History

Clarence Hickey always gives a great presentation.

Many museums remain closed, but learning doesn't stop! Join us Thursday, August 6 at 2 pm as Clarence Hickey gives a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville. Perfect for kids and adults alike, learn about the origins of modern medicine and scientific and medical advancements made in the 19th century, as told through the lens of a country and Civil War doctor.

Register for the Zoom session at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/, or watch live on our page, http://www.facebook.com/MoCoHistory/. See you there!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #rockvillemd #19thcenturymedicine #medicalhistory #science

City of Rockville Maryland Historical Society National Museum of Civil War Medicine

The historic Edward U. Taylor School is right across the street from BNS.  Please watch for opportunities this fall to p...
07/20/2020
The Edward U. Taylor Elementary School

The historic Edward U. Taylor School is right across the street from BNS. Please watch for opportunities this fall to provide input in the form of public comments when historic status is considered.

https://historicagreserve.wordpress.com/a-survey-of-our-inheritance/the-edward-u-taylor-elementary-school/?fbclid=IwAR2NcMKnfs9NP75o0nHNsy3tBHv4ccyt_s812skLA1CL_wk5snd4-PrzFII

In the early 1950s, still under legalized segregation and the auspices of “separate but equal,” the Montgomery County School Board decided to build four new elementary schools in the county for Afr…

Montgomery History
06/24/2020

Montgomery History

Today's gorgeous weather is a perfect excuse to get outdoors! If you're looking for something to do, check out the City of Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour: https://rockvillemd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=4986c0caa4834eafa5c03cd3a84dd913 2 miles, 18 sites, all easily accessible from your phone. If you have antsy kids or teenagers in the house this is a great opportunity to get them outside and learning!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #africanamericanhistory #walkingtour #getoutdoors #familyfriendly City of Rockville Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd.

This is an interesting project for those who may be interested.  Posterity will thank you.
06/12/2020

This is an interesting project for those who may be interested. Posterity will thank you.

Historical societies around the country are collecting diary entries, photos, and other submissions that reflect how we are collectively dealing with the COVID-19 crisis—including Montgomery History! Check out this article from the Washington Post that details how and why organizations around the U.S. are documenting this historic moment: https://tinyurl.com/y94xkbkx Plus, it’s easy if you’d like to get involved at the local level and help us document the crisis. You can find out more about our COVID-19 Archive at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/takepart/, or email our Archivist Sarah Hedlund at [email protected] with questions. Future generations will thank you!



#covid19archive #covid19 #rapidresponsecollecting #mocohistory #localjournalism #localhistory #preservinghistory DC History

This interesting online presentation contains oral histories from six students who experienced segregation in education ...
05/18/2020
School Desegregation

This interesting online presentation contains oral histories from six students who experienced segregation in education in Montgomery County MD first hand. One of the students was Nina Clarke, author of the book we have available in our library at BHS.
https://sites.google.com/view/school-desegregation/home

Women who lived the Montgomery County desegregation experience (L-R): Edith Throckmorton, Nina Honemond Clarke, Margaret Taylor Jones, Doris Hackey, Rose Kramer, Geneva Mason.

04/20/2020
Boyds Historical Society Outdoor Porch Concert 4/19/2020

Front porch fundraiser concert to benefit Boyds Negro School.
Please help BHS "keep the lights on" and make a donation if you are able. There is a "Donate" button located on our web page.
http://boydshistory.org/Welcome.html

(Miriam Schoenbaum and Charlotte Sanford, performers)

https://youtu.be/TgOMByNEMxk

On April 19, 2020, the Boyds Historical Society hosted an outdoor porch-concert fundraiser at the historic Boyds Negro School in Boyds, MD during the "stay-a...

While you may at home and looking for films to view, be sure to look for "Boyds Negro School -- Historic Lives."    This...
04/13/2020
The Boyds Negro School

While you may at home and looking for films to view, be sure to look for "Boyds Negro School -- Historic Lives." This two part video about the history of the school has been uploaded to YouTube. The link can be found on our website:

http://boydshistory.org/Boyds_Negro_School.html

In 1980, BHS acquired the historic Boyds Negro School property 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-...

March 19, 2020.  As Americans make sacrifices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our usual daily routines in ...
03/20/2020

March 19, 2020.

As Americans make sacrifices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our usual daily routines in Montgomery County and across the country have been disrupted. Schools are closed, and many families are struggling to cope. These struggles, which we hope will be temporary, are mirrored in some of the history of the education of students of color in Montgomery County.
The schools for black students, authorized by the State of Maryland in 1872, were funded only by taxes paid by black families. There were many years when those funds ran out long before the school year was scheduled to end. After the harsh winter of 1881, the black schools closed at the expiration of one half of the spring term, on March 10, 1881. In 1905, all the black schools closed on February 24, 1905.
Other years, schools closed because of illnesses or epidemics. In 1900-1901, there was a diptheria epidemic in upper Montgomery County. The schools at Barnesville and Martinsburg were closed in October 1900 and January 1901, respectively, because of the epidemic.
Several schools were destroyed by fire over the years, and those school groups moved into churches or other unoccupied spaces. Most of the black schools fell into serious neglect. Repairs were deferred and supply requests were often ignored. Teacher salaries earned by black teachers were half of what was earned by their white teacher counterparts with the same training.
Notwithstanding all of these challenges, the parents in the black community persevered and continued to advocate for the education of their young students. The challenges they faced were not born of one season or one cause; they were ongoing and institutionalized.

(Taken from "History of the Black Public Schools of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1872-1961" by Nina H. Clarke and Lillian B. Brown).
#montgomeryhistory

02/08/2020
Maryland State Bar Association - MSBA

Professor Gibson gave a talk at the Boyds Negro School several years ago, about his book on Thurgood Marshall, entitled "Young Thurgood."

Professor Larry Gibson of the University of Maryland School of Law shares a little about some of the earliest African American Lawyers in Maryland.

Montgomery History
02/04/2020

Montgomery History

Celebrate Black History Month with Montgomery History! Check out some of our free public programs happening throughout February all around the county. Learn about some of the county’s most influential African Americans, the history of important African American communities in Montgomery County, education and school desegregation, and more.
#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #localhistory

Boyds Negro School was not a Rosenwald School, but we sometimes get that question from visitors.  This article gives mor...
01/04/2020
Meet the Jew who built 5,300 schools for black children in the 1900s Deep South

Boyds Negro School was not a Rosenwald School, but we sometimes get that question from visitors.
This article gives more information about the impact that Jewish philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald, had on the education of students of color in the US. (There are still a few former Rosenwald School buildings standing in Montgomery County).
https://www.timesofisrael.com/meet-the-jew-who-built-5300-schools-for-black-children-in-the-1900s-deep-south/?fbclid=IwAR3DAILJrQEIUnmUGH-16N2vmKTrYJBNP6sLI4YDvEdVeVV0ZiLUXRJbjtg
Thanks to Karen Yaffe Lottes for this link.

New film, 'Rosenwald,' tells story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald who transformed black lives, including those of writer Langston Hughes and opera singer Marion Anderson

Calling all history buffs. This is always a very interesting event.
12/16/2019

Calling all history buffs. This is always a very interesting event.

The holidays are quickly approaching… and so is our annual Montgomery County History Conference, coming up January 25! Have you placed your reservation yet? Spanning topics from social changes in the county in the 1960s, to Civil War and 19th century medicine, to “looking backward” at the history of the Agricultural Reserve as told from the perspective of the year 2080, there are topics covering almost every corner of county history.

Reserving online is easy using our Eventbrite link: https://HC2020.eventbrite.com. For more information about the conference, including a full list of available topics, please visit MontgomeryHistory.org/Events/HistoryConference2020.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible! A special thank you to Montgomery College for providing the venue.

#HC2020 #historyconference #localhistory #mocointhe60s #civilwarmedicine #mocoagreserve

New Exhibit showcases the underground railroad in Rockville
12/09/2019
New Exhibit showcases the underground railroad in Rockville

New Exhibit showcases the underground railroad in Rockville

ROCKVILLE, Md., (WDVM)– Peerless Rockville opens their new exhibit called Forging Freedom Friday evening at the historic Red-brick courthouse. It’s an exhibit highlighting the undergrou…

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...

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