Gaithersburg Community Museum

Gaithersburg Community Museum The Museum is free and features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark interest and imagination in our City’s history. The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex.
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The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors' interest and imagination in our City's history. The Community Museum occupies the historic Freight House, the History Park and the B&O Caboose. Designed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Head Architect, Ephraim Francis Baldwin, the Gaithersburg Railroad Station was built in 1884. This enabled Gaithersburg, previousl

The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors' interest and imagination in our City's history. The Community Museum occupies the historic Freight House, the History Park and the B&O Caboose. Designed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Head Architect, Ephraim Francis Baldwin, the Gaithersburg Railroad Station was built in 1884. This enabled Gaithersburg, previousl

Operating as usual

Construction update on the splash pad. It looks like a mess, but there is definite progress.
06/15/2021

Construction update on the splash pad. It looks like a mess, but there is definite progress.

Construction update on the splash pad. It looks like a mess, but there is definite progress.

Happy International Bath Day! This week's Weekly Challenge honors Archimedes who, the story goes, figured out how to mea...
06/14/2021

Happy International Bath Day! This week's Weekly Challenge honors Archimedes who, the story goes, figured out how to measure volume while taking a bath. So your challenge is less about taking a bath and more about doing science. However, we do not recommend replicating Archimedes' eureka moment.

06/14/2021
Flag Day

It's Flag Day! Many of us have flags that need retiring, but can't be disposed of in the traditional way of burning because they are made of synthetic material (polyester based or mix). Here are instructions on what you can do. If you have a flag that is all natural material (cotton, wool, silk), the museum collects them for our flag retirement ceremony. https://www.facebook.com/432433683459822/videos/206373517130892

It's World Ocean Day! NASA has created a fun and valuable citizen science game to track the health of coral in our ocean...
06/08/2021
NeMO-Net

It's World Ocean Day! NASA has created a fun and valuable citizen science game to track the health of coral in our oceans.

NeMO-Net is a single player iPad game where players help NASA classify coral reefs by painting 3D and 2D images of coral. Players can rate the classifications of other players and level up in the food chain as they explore and classify coral reefs and other shallow marine environments and creatures....

Thursday morning's annular solar eclipse will be visible starting at 5:47 am. We won't have a full eclipse, but will get...
06/08/2021
Eclipses visible in Washington DC, USA - May 26, 2021 Lunar Eclipse

Thursday morning's annular solar eclipse will be visible starting at 5:47 am. We won't have a full eclipse, but will get a nice view. Don't forget to set your clock so you'll be up to see it.

Which upcoming lunar and solar eclipses are visible in Washington DC, USA and what do they look like?

Progress continues on the splash pad.
06/08/2021

Progress continues on the splash pad.

Progress continues on the splash pad.

It's National Immigrant Heritage Month. Everyone has a family origin story. What's yours?
06/07/2021

It's National Immigrant Heritage Month. Everyone has a family origin story. What's yours?

It's National Immigrant Heritage Month. Everyone has a family origin story. What's yours?

You may not realize it, but whenever you make a paper airplane, you are doing science. Have fun learning about the scien...
06/06/2021
Paper Airplanes – Air Force Research Laboratory

You may not realize it, but whenever you make a paper airplane, you are doing science. Have fun learning about the science of flight.

Paper Airplanes Learn about the science of flight and then experiment with your own paper airplane models. Four forces act on an airplane: weight, lift, thrust and drag. Try these paper airplanes and share creations with #AFRLPaperAirplane on social media. Right click an image below and select “Sa...

06/04/2021
Kids Art at the Mansion | Gaithersburg, MD

In-person programming in the City is beginning in earnest. Check out these art classes at Kentlands Mansion!

Tap into your child's creativity this summer! Let them spend the afternoon at the historic Kentlands Mansion working on an art project each Tuesday, June 22 through July 13. Instructors from the Amazing Art Studio will help kids create something beautiful to take home each week. Take one class, or t...

Splash pad construction update.
06/04/2021

Splash pad construction update.

Splash pad construction update.

Happy National Egg Day! In the General Store we have wooden eggs to practice your counting skills.
06/03/2021

Happy National Egg Day! In the General Store we have wooden eggs to practice your counting skills.

Happy National Egg Day! In the General Store we have wooden eggs to practice your counting skills.

Work has begun on the splash pad!
06/02/2021

Work has begun on the splash pad!

Today is National Say Something Nice Day! We challenge you to say something nice to at least one person every day this w...
06/01/2021

Today is National Say Something Nice Day! We challenge you to say something nice to at least one person every day this week.

Today is National Say Something Nice Day! We challenge you to say something nice to at least one person every day this week.

On Memorial Day weekend, it's good to look back at the reasons this holiday was created.
05/30/2021
History of Memorial Day | All About Memorial Day History

On Memorial Day weekend, it's good to look back at the reasons this holiday was created.

Learn the special history of Memorial Day, which was once called Decoration Day. Memorial Day history and the birth of this day of remembrance.

OTD in 1851, Sojourner Truth delivered her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron Ohi...
05/29/2021
Sojourner Truth’s Most Famous Speech | Headlines and Heroes

OTD in 1851, Sojourner Truth delivered her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron Ohio.

The following is a guest post by Arlene Balkansky. Arlene recently retired from being a librarian in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, and was a regular writer for Headlines and Heroes. On May 29, 1851 at the Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, abolitionist and womenR...

05/27/2021
Photo Archive - Montgomery Planning

As Historic Preservation Month comes to a close, we'd like to share a link to the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission's online photo archive. The MCHPC has been documenting Montgomery County's historic resources since it's inception in the 1970s and you can now access those images online.

Photo Archive The Historic Preservation Office maintains an extensive collection of scanned slides and archival photographs from the past work...

05/25/2021

Thanks to our friends at the Meade Area Railroad Society, the Hobo Code layout is nearly ready for viewing. Make your appointment today!, 301-258-6160.

Construction is starting on the splash pad in Olde Towne Plaza. If you're visiting the museum or want to do some trainsp...
05/24/2021

Construction is starting on the splash pad in Olde Towne Plaza. If you're visiting the museum or want to do some trainspotting, park on Wells Avenue, the parking garage, or in the Fishman lot.

Construction is starting on the splash pad in Olde Towne Plaza. If you're visiting the museum or want to do some trainspotting, park on Wells Avenue, the parking garage, or in the Fishman lot.

The fence around Wells-Robertson is festooned with cicadas.
05/21/2021

The fence around Wells-Robertson is festooned with cicadas.

05/21/2021
Let's [email protected] at Home with Carolyn Crow | Garlic Mustard Pesto

Casey Community Center has shared their Let's Cook video about what to do with your Garlic Mustard. We may be at the end of garlic mustard season, but there's still some out there just waiting to be collected.

Maryland scientist, naturalist, and surveyor Benjamin Banneker started studying cicadas in 1740. His work is some of the...
05/19/2021
A Black Scientist Was An Early Cicada Researcher. His Work Has Been Mostly Overlooked

Maryland scientist, naturalist, and surveyor Benjamin Banneker started studying cicadas in 1740. His work is some of the earliest to document these fascinating bugs.

Maryland intellectual and free Black man Benjamin Banneker's observations about cicadas' 17-year life cycle were among the earliest known to be documented. But that work is rarely credited.

There's a lot happening in History Park - we have a new Little Free Library, the peonies are popping, and, as always, we...
05/17/2021

There's a lot happening in History Park - we have a new Little Free Library, the peonies are popping, and, as always, welcoming benches for train spotters. Stop by and check it out!

05/17/2021
Eat Your Weeds! Garlic Mustard

We were so inspired by Lauren Hubbard's program on "Greening Up Your Garden" that she did for the Green Cocktails series (you can watch it here - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=911770592717429), that we asked her back to do a little segment we're calling "Eat Your Weeds!" Today we are exploring Garlic Mustard - what it is and why you don't want it in your yard (or anywhere else in this area). We've partnered with Carolyn Crow from Cooking with Casey, a Casey Community Center program series, who will be showing us how to cook with garlic mustard in another video.

Bon appetit!

05/11/2021
John Matteson

Pulitzer Prize–winning author John Matteson illuminates three harrowing months of the Civil War and their enduring legacy for America, bringing together the prodigious forces of war with the intimacy of individual lives and interweaving the historic and the personal in a work as beautiful as it is powerful. In conversation with John Muller.

BUY THE BOOK:
By John Matteson
"A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation"
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780393247077
All Titles
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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a yearly celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

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THANK YOU PARTNERS & SPONSORS:
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Politics & Prose Bookstore http://www.politics-prose.com/
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Spectrum Apartments https://www.spectrum270.com/
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Rio https://www.riolakefront.com/
Maryland Center for the Book https://www.mdhumanities.org/category/maryland-center-for-the-book/
Washington Parent https://washingtonparent.com/
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Produced by City of Gaithersburg's Cultural Events & Services Division

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu is ready to come home with more than 60 grams of samples to help scienti...
05/09/2021
NASA Live

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu is ready to come home with more than 60 grams of samples to help scientists seek answers to some very big questions like Where did we come from? Watch the live coverage on Monday, May 10 starting at 4 pm. https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

NASA launches, landings, and events. Watch live broadcasts from NASA Television and NASA's social media channels, and a schedule of upcoming live events including news briefings, launches and landings.

05/07/2021
Pam Fessler and Janice P. Nimura

In a fascinating discussion on medical history, Pam Fessler and Janice P. Nimura will share the stories of Carville, the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, and home to thousands of Americans, and the boundary-breaking Blackwell sisters who founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Moderated by Tyler Cymet, DO

BUY THE BOOK:
By Pam Fessler
"Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice"
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781631495038
All Titles
https://www.politics-prose.com/.../%22Fessler%2C%20Pam%22

By Janice P. Nimura
"The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women--and Women to Medicine"
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780393635546
All Titles
https://www.politics-prose.com/.../%22Nimura%2C%20Janice...

View all 2021 GBF Titles:
https://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/books/

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a yearly celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

JOIN THE GBF COMMUNITY:
Website https://gaithersburgbookfestival.org/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GburgBookFest/
Twitter https://twitter.com/gburgbookfest
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gburgbookfest/
THANK YOU PARTNERS & SPONSORS:
David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation https://theblairfamilyfoundation.org/
Politics & Prose Bookstore http://www.politics-prose.com/
Downtown Crown / RPAI https://www.shopdowntowncrown.com/
Montgomery County Public Schools https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/
Spectrum Apartments https://www.spectrum270.com/
Washington Independent Review of Books http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/
Montgomery College https://www.montgomerycollege.edu
Rio https://www.riolakefront.com/
Maryland Center for the Book https://www.mdhumanities.org/.../maryland-center-for-the.../
Washington Parent https://washingtonparent.com/
Montgomery Community Media https://www.mymcmedia.org/

Produced by City of Gaithersburg's Cultural Events & Services Division

It may seem like the sky is falling, but it's merely a piece of space junk.
05/07/2021
Uncontrollable China rocket hurtles towards reentry | EarthSky.org

It may seem like the sky is falling, but it's merely a piece of space junk.

China's Long March 5B rocket successfully reached orbit as planned. The core stage, however, also reached orbit, and may now be one of the largest ever to make an uncontrolled reentry back into Earth's atmosphere.

Today is the 60th anniversary of Americans in space!  OTD in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. His ...
05/05/2021
What Was Project Mercury?

Today is the 60th anniversary of Americans in space! OTD in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. His suborbital flight in the Freedom 7 capsule lasted about 15 1/2 minutes and reached an altitude of 116 miles. Here's more on the Mercury Project:

This project launched America's first astronauts into space.

May the 4th be with you! Make your own mini lightsaber at home. All you need is a battery, a small LED, a straw, paper, ...
05/04/2021

May the 4th be with you!

Make your own mini lightsaber at home. All you need is a battery, a small LED, a straw, paper, and tape.

1-Draw a lightsaber handle on a piece of paper
2-Cut the paper double the length of your handle and fold over. Take your LED and poke it through the paper at the fold
3-Place your battery between the light's wire prongs. push it together to see if it lights. Some LEDs will work in any direction, others need to be specific. Once it lights, place a small piece of tape on the tip of the wire so it will stay in place. then tape the battery down. Do not cover the whole battery with tape.
4-Secure the light by taping the top wire to the battery. Place your straw over the light. Now you have a mini light saber!
5-When not using the light saber, to save your battery, un-tape the top wire and place a piece of paper between it and the battery. That will cut the circuit.

Nearly time for the peonies to bloom!
05/04/2021

Nearly time for the peonies to bloom!

Nearly time for the peonies to bloom!

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9 S Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(301) 258-6160

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Local history full steam ahead at the Gaithersburg Community Museum! Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad complex in Olde Towne, the museum bridges Gaithersburg’s past and present for visitors of all ages. Exhibits in the Freight House and rail cars explore our rich history and hands-on learning centers for children spark the imagination. The Station, an active commuter stop, houses dining and restroom facilities, and the outdoor interpretive spaces, with the ever-popular rolling stock, offer the possibility of experiencing the sights and sounds of the trains that frequently rumble past the Museum.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Additional hours are available by appointment.

Nearby Observatory Park is home to the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory. Operating from 1899-1982, the Observatory was one of six worldwide that measured the wobble of the earth on its polar axis leading to improved navigation and significant scientific discoveries. This outdoor interpretive space highlights the importance of the scientific work conducted here for nearly a century.

Observatory Park is open from dawn to dusk with informational signs for visitors to take a self guided tour. The Latitude Observatory building is open during special events.

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