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. 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, previously known as both Forest Oak and Logtown, new and expedited shipping opportunities south, to Washington, DC. The commercial opportunities this access afforded helped develop the burgeoning Gaithersburg economy. In 1978, its buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Additional hours are available by appointment. Handicap accessible.

Mission: The Gaithersburg Community Museum seeks to collect, research, preserve, and present the history and culture of Gaithersburg in a dynamic, participatory, accessible, and responsible manner for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

06/08/2019

The fountains are working! So both the museum and fountains will be open until 7:00.

There's no shade this weekend as we had to take the umbrellas out for Friday's event,

06/08/2019

Saturday, June 8
Our new splash fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is having some growing pains. We are aware of the technical difficulties and are working to find a solution. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to keep checking in with us here on our page for updates, or call the Museum at 301-258-6160. When the fountains are running, the Museum will be open.

Light pollution affects us on a daily basis. How can you decrease light pollution at your home and in your community.
06/08/2019
Light Pollution Effects on Wildlife and Ecosystems

Light pollution affects us on a daily basis. How can you decrease light pollution at your home and in your community.

&qout;When we add light to the environment, that has the potential to disrupt habitat, just like running a bulldozer over the landscape can.&qout; — Chad Moore, formerly of the National Park Service For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s...

Today's #DrinkMaryland event has something for everyone! We're open until 8:00.
06/07/2019

Today's #DrinkMaryland event has something for everyone! We're open until 8:00.

Getting set-up for #drinkmaryland. 3:30-8:00 today in Olde Towne Plaza
06/07/2019

Getting set-up for #drinkmaryland. 3:30-8:00 today in Olde Towne Plaza

06/07/2019

Today the fountains will only operate until noon. We will be setting up for the DrinkMaryland:Olde Towne Gaithersburg event. The umbrellas have been removed from the plaza for the event. They will return on Monday.

75 years ago today
06/06/2019
75th Anniversary of D-Day

75 years ago today

This year marks 75 years since the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, more commonly known as D-day. Today’s post comes from Megan Huang in the National Archives History Office. On June 6, 1944,…

What to look for in June in the night sky. And don't forget our June event is on the 30th for the Observatory's 120th bi...
06/01/2019
What's Up - June 2019

What to look for in June in the night sky. And don't forget our June event is on the 30th for the Observatory's 120th birthday!

What's up in the June sky? Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest, Mercury and Mars appear ultra-close and how you can observe the Moon's tilted orbit.

Found in our typewriter - "Once upon a time there lived a Little Train. The Little Train loved to ride with his friends....
05/30/2019

Found in our typewriter -

"Once upon a time there lived a Little Train. The Little Train loved to ride with his friends. He loved to pick up passengers, and take them along for a ride to[o]. Soon the Little Train returned home for a very long nap. The next day he was full of energy, and at night he didn’t want to go to sleep. He was so tired,…"
--Anonymous Museum Visitor
How does the story end?

05/30/2019

Thursday, May 30
Our new splash fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is having some growing pains. We are aware of the technical difficulties and are working to find a solution. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to keep checking in with us here on our page for updates, or call the Museum at 301-258-6160. When the fountains are running, the Museum will be open.

We're excited to say the fountain is working! #oldetowneplaza
05/29/2019

We're excited to say the fountain is working! #oldetowneplaza

Where were you when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? July 20th is the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing and we wan...
05/28/2019
Lunar Landing Memories

Where were you when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? July 20th is the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing and we want to hear your memories of this extraordinary event. The City of Gaithersburg is putting together a video of people’s memories of the Apollo 11 landing to share at our anniversary event at the Observatory on July 20 (https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/parks-fields/observatory-park/skywatching-programs). If you or someone you know has a memory they are willing to share on camera, please have them sign-up for a time slot at the link below. Interviews will be conducted at the Benjamin Gaither Center in front of a green screen (don’t wear green) on Tuesday, June 4th.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

It's the Year of the Periodic Table! The Periodic Table is about more than chemistry and physics. Learn why.
05/28/2019
The Periodic Table: It's More than Just Chemistry and Physics

It's the Year of the Periodic Table! The Periodic Table is about more than chemistry and physics. Learn why.

This is the International Year of the Periodic Table , and while I’ve been (accurately) accused of being a physics fanboy, I’m here to tell you that this famous chart isn’t just about physics,...

05/28/2019

Tuesday, May 28
Our new splash fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is having some growing pains. We are aware of the technical difficulties and are working to find a solution. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to keep checking in with us here on our page for updates, or call the Museum at 301-258-6160. When the fountains are running, the Museum will be open.

05/26/2019

Sunday, May 26
Our new splash fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is having some growing pains. We are aware of the technical difficulties and are working to find a solution. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to keep checking in with us here on our page for updates, or call the Museum at 301-258-6160. When the fountains are running, the Museum will be open.

05/25/2019

On this lovely Saturday, we are sorry that the fountains in Olde Towne are not functioning. We are aware and are trying to resolve the issues. If we get them running we will post again.

05/25/2019

The fountains refuse to run today. We are hoping they will be fixed and running soon.

Monday was World Metrology Day. We are exploring metrology all week with our Weekly Challenge.
05/23/2019

Monday was World Metrology Day. We are exploring metrology all week with our Weekly Challenge.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, Smithsonian Folklife has created a...
05/22/2019
Train Tracks: A Transcontinental Railroad Playlist

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, Smithsonian Folklife has created a railroad playlist.

Listen to a soundtrack of experiences associated with this historical endeavor, a mixtape of music that echoes the railroad’s varied impact on American culture.

Unfortunately, fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is experiencing technical difficulties. Call the museum to check if it's wor...
05/22/2019

Unfortunately, fountain in Olde Towne Plaza is experiencing technical difficulties. Call the museum to check if it's working before heading over to play.

05/21/2019

Once again the weather isn't cooperating. The fountains are off until we get a little warmer.

05/18/2019

The fountains are open again! Come cool off in the fountains and visit the Museum.

On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched on a mission to orbit the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. ...
05/18/2019

On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched on a mission to orbit the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Apollo 10 was also the mission that sent Charlie Brown and Snoopy into space when their names were adopted as the official call signs of the command module and lunar module. We'll be focusing on the moon in our Skywatching programs this year, including a 50th Anniversary program on July 20. Check them out at https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/parks-fields/observatory-park/skywatching-programs

Ready for business at the Gaithersburg Book Festival! #GBF
05/18/2019

Ready for business at the Gaithersburg Book Festival! #GBF

We should be able to see the International Space Station Friday and Saturday nights.
05/17/2019
Watch the Space Station Fly Over Your Home Town – Space Station

We should be able to see the International Space Station Friday and Saturday nights.

Watch the Space Station Fly Over Your Home Town The Gulf and eastern coasts of the United States feature prominently in this well-lit nighttime view of North America.The International Space Station will cross over the United States this weekend from the Gulf Coast to the North Atlantic. Skywatchers....

Still planning your schedule for tomorrow's Gaithersburg Book Festival? Here are some great history books to put on your...
05/17/2019

Still planning your schedule for tomorrow's Gaithersburg Book Festival? Here are some great history books to put on your list.

Do you love reading great books on history? (Or know someone who does?) We've got you covered at #GBF. Here are 4 history author programs you need to see when you're with us on May 18th.

🔘Lynne Olson "Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler"

In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. This book is a bestseller.

Details here: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/lynne-olson/

🔘Keith O'Brien "Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History"

This is the untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won. Like "Hidden Figures" and "Girls of Atomic City," "Fly Girls" celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trailblazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness. This book is a bestseller.

Details here: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/keith-obrien/

🔘Vince Houghton "Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board"

The International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened, but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or even certifiably insane.

Details here: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/vince-houghton/

🔘Garrett Peck "The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath"

This is a chronicle of the American experience during World War I and the unexpected changes that rocked the country in its immediate aftermath—the Red Scare, race riots, women’s suffrage, and Prohibition.

Details here: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/garrett-peck/

These are all terrific books and will be four incredible author presentations! We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 18th where you'll meet these four authors and more than 100 others! Our Festival is FREE to attend and FREE to park. Books will be available for sale and the authors will be delighted to sign them for you. (They'll make great gifts for your history-lover friends and family, by the way) See you in Gaithersburg!

A beautiful day! The #fountain in #OldeTownePlaza can finally be on!
05/16/2019

A beautiful day! The #fountain in #OldeTownePlaza can finally be on!

#peonies are in bloom! #discovergburg
05/15/2019

#peonies are in bloom! #discovergburg

Local history at Saturday's book festival.
05/15/2019

Local history at Saturday's book festival.

Maryland & Montgomery County history at #GBF!
For anyone interested in the history of the local area, here are 3 programs you want to catch on May 18th:

🔘Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau will be speaking about & signing "Bread and Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve," which is, in part, an exploration of our County's Ag Reserve, and, at the same time, it's rich with local recipes.

More details here:
http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/claudia-kousoulas/
http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/ellen-letourneau/

🔘Jame Ferguson Kuhns will be speaking about "Sharp Flashes of Lightning Come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson," an in-depth biography of the abolitionist legend, who happens to have a lot of local and Maryland roots.

More details here:
http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/jamie-ferguson-kuhns/

🔘And Ida Jones will be speaking about "Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot," a bio of the first African American woman elected to the Baltimore city council.

More info here: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/featured_author/ida-e-jones/

Join us at GBF on May 18th to meet the authors and enjoy a big taste of local area history. These are just a few of the many, many amazing programs we have in store for you. Our Festival is FREE to attend and FREE to park. Books will be available for sale on site, and the authors will be happy to sign them for you. See you in Gaithersburg!

05/15/2019
Cookie Monster

Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

05/14/2019

We are hoping for sunshine, but it's still too cool for the fountain to be open. The upcoming forecast of chilly temperatures means that the fountain may be off more than it's on this week.

05/11/2019

Another gray day, too cool to play in the fountains. They will run the next day the temperature gets above 70 degrees F and hopefully the sun comes out.

Check out the new addition to History Park!#DiscoverGburg
05/10/2019

Check out the new addition to History Park!
#DiscoverGburg

The fountain is temporarily out of order. We hope to have it running again soon.
05/10/2019

The fountain is temporarily out of order. We hope to have it running again soon.

05/09/2019

sorry. No #fountain today... unless the temperature gets to 70°

05/09/2019

Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating. The fountain will be turned off unless we reach 70°.

Today in history...
05/08/2019

Today in history...

May 8 marks VE Day, also known as Victory in Europe Day, when the Allies around the world celebrated the unconditional surrender of German forces on May 7, 1945.

Original caption: "Jubilant American soldier hugs motherly English woman and victory smiles light the faces of happy service men and civilians at Piccadilly Circus, London, celebrating Germany's unconditional surrender. England, May 7, 1945." https://catalog.archives.gov/id/531280

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