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Montgomery History Montgomery History collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of all of Montgomery County, Maryland's residents and communities.
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“The Future is Us” is now open! Curated by local students from #RockvilleHighSchool, this exhibit explores the ways in w...
02/14/2020

“The Future is Us” is now open! Curated by local students from #RockvilleHighSchool, this exhibit explores the ways in which environmental changes are affecting our community and how we can each play our part to combat it.

Stop by the Beall-Dawson house weekends from 12 pm – 4pm now through March 13 to see it!

#futureleaders #thefutureisus #gogreen #rockvillehighschool #students #mocostudents Montgomery County Public Schools

Yesterday afternoon our Executive Director Matt Logan taped a segment for Montgomery Community Media's Studio 501©3—a sh...
02/13/2020

Yesterday afternoon our Executive Director Matt Logan taped a segment for Montgomery Community Media's Studio 501©3—a show created in partnership with The Nonprofit Village to highlight the amazing work local nonprofits are doing around the county. Matt chatted with Nonprofit Village’s Kim Jones and Gabrielle Nash about our work making history relevant, accessible, inclusive, and engaging to all of Montgomery County’s residents. Stay tuned for more information about when our segment will be airing later this month!

#nonprofit #localnonprofits #montgomerycommunitymedia #localhistory

02/04/2020

**NOTE: Pepco is doing work near our building and access to our parking lot via W. Middle Ln. is temporarily closed. If you are planning to attend our Tuesday Talk with Mark Thorne please park in Rockville Town Center or walk if coming from downtown Rockville. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Celebrate Black History Month with Montgomery History! Check out some of our free public programs happening throughout F...
02/04/2020

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

Congratulations to the five Montgomery County students who were honored earlier this week at the Maryland State House fo...
01/31/2020
Montgomery County Students Honored at State House | Montgomery Community Media

Congratulations to the five Montgomery County students who were honored earlier this week at the Maryland State House for their innovative project at the 2019 National History Day competition! As the program grows each year, our local students continue to make us proud at the state and national levels: https://www.mymcmedia.org/montgomery-county-students-honored-at-state-house/

History Day is a transformative learning experience for middle and high schoolers that builds critical thinking skills and encourages students to use history to address 21st century issues. To learn more about History Day or to sign up to be a judge at the Montgomery County level, visit our website: https://montgomeryhistory.org/history-day/

#nationalhistoryday #historylovers #nextgeneration

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17 students from Maryland – including five from Montgomery County – were honored Monday night at the Maryland State House. The students were recognized for being finalists in the 2019 National History Day competition. The annual competition, which occurs at the University of Maryland, involves m...

Many of our Speakers Bureau programs are open to the public! Visit the Chevy Chase Library on February 8 to see Paige Wh...
01/30/2020

Many of our Speakers Bureau programs are open to the public! Visit the Chevy Chase Library on February 8 to see Paige Whitley speak about the history of the Westbard African American community on River Road.

To book a Speakers Bureau program for Black History Month or throughout the year contact our Outreach & Volunteer Manager Matt Gagle at [email protected].

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Celebrate Black History month at #ChevyChaseLibrary. Join us Saturday, February 8th, at 2pm, for a special presentation by L. Paige Whitley from the Montgomery History. http://ow.ly/b3Py30qbJSx

This photo, most likely from the Montgomery County Sentinel, shows an ESOL class for Spanish-speaking residents meeting ...
01/21/2020

This photo, most likely from the Montgomery County Sentinel, shows an ESOL class for Spanish-speaking residents meeting in Silver Spring in 1966. Did you know that today, Hispanic and Latino residents account for 20% of the county’s population? Between 1990 and 2016 it was also the fastest growing subgroup in the county!

As Hispanic immigrants began moving into the county in the 1960s and 1970s, these ESOL classes became more common so new residents could integrate into the community. You can hear the stories of Spanish-speaking residents immigrating to Montgomery County at our upcoming History Conference on January 25 in the session “Stories of Hispanic Pioneers Building Community in Montgomery County (1960s-1970s).” (session in Spanish with English interpreter) This panel discussion will explore how these Hispanic pioneers built their own spaces within the county and adjusted to their new lives in Maryland.

Tickets are available here: HC2020.eventbrite.com.
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Esta foto, probablemente del periódico The Centinel del Condado de Montgomery, muestra una clase de ESOL para hispanoparlantes en Silver Spring en 1966. ¿Sabía usted que hoy los hispanos y latinos constituyen el 20% de la población del condado? ¡Entre 1990 y 2016, éste fue también el grupo de mayor crecimiento en el condado!

A medida que los inmigrantes hispanos llegaban al condado en los años sesenta y setenta, las clases de ESOL, que ayudaban a los inmigrantes hispanos a integrarse a la comunidad, empezaron a ser más comunes. Usted podrá escuchar las historias de los inmigrantes en el área durante nuestra Conferencia de historia el 25 de enero en las sesión “Historias de los pioneros hispanos que contribuyeron a construir una comunidad en Montgomery County (años 1960 y 1970).” Esta sesión será en español con interpretación en inglés. El panel explorará cómo estos pioneros se acomodaron en el condado y se ajustaron a su nueva vida.

Las entradas para el evento se pueden comprar electrónicamente en: HC2020.eventbrite.com

#localhistory #pioneros #buildingcommunity #hc2020

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We were stunned and saddened to learn of the imminent closing of the Sentinel. This is an enormous loss to the county an...
01/14/2020

We were stunned and saddened to learn of the imminent closing of the Sentinel. This is an enormous loss to the county and all of us who depend on local journalism. Please join us in celebrating the work of this long-standing county institution at our upcoming History Conference on January 25. In our morning session “The Montgomery County Sentinel: The Evolution of Local Journalism Since 1855,” discover the paper’s development across three centuries and its importance as a tool in preserving local history.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/montgomery-county-history-conference-2020-tickets-83046541441

Montgomery History’s newest online exhibit is now live! Explore Montgomery County and its environs in the early 20th cen...
01/07/2020
Reed Brothers Dodge History 1915 – 2012

Montgomery History’s newest online exhibit is now live! Explore Montgomery County and its environs in the early 20th century through the lens of Lewis Reed. A pioneering automobile dealer and one of the most prolific photographers in Montgomery County at the turn of the 20th century, Reed took motorcycle excursions all over the state of Maryland with his camera, capturing landscapes, monuments, historical places, people, and anything else that caught his attention. This exhibit features some of the earliest known photographs of various modes of transportation, from horses and canal boats to motorcycles and automobiles. It is an absolutely unique window into how Montgomery Countians lived over a century ago. To take a trip into the past, visit https://MontgomeryHistory.org/

These photographs are being exhibited in collaboration with Jeanne Gartner, Lewis Reed’s granddaughter. To see more on Lewis Reed and his photography, visit Jeanne’s blog, https://reedbrothersdodgehistory.wordpress.com/

Jeanne will be delivering a free Tuesday Talk today at noon at the Beall-Dawson House, in which she explores the history and significance of Reed Brothers Dodge, the automobile dealership founded by Lewis Reed in 1915. Alongside his brother Edgar, Louis was the first to sell Dodge cars in the county. Join us as Jeanne details how the company overcame the inevitable challenges of serving the community during such a dynamic period of growth and change.

Tuesday Talks are always free and open to the public! Visit our website for more details.

12/27/2019

Explore Montgomery County’s rich history at the upcoming History Conference on January 25! Tickets and more info at MontgomeryHistory.org.

#localhistory #historyconference2020

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Happy Holidays from Montgomery History!
12/23/2019

Happy Holidays from Montgomery History!

It’s a little piece of the North Pole—right here in Montgomery County! These shots from our collection, taken between 19...
12/19/2019

It’s a little piece of the North Pole—right here in Montgomery County! These shots from our collection, taken between 1955 and 1959, feature “Santa’s Hideaway,” a creative endeavor supported by radio station WGAY-1050 AM in the late ‘50s to raise money for the Christmas Bureau arm of the County Community Chest. The radio presenters would broadcast from the makeshift station and donation point—which was in Silver Spring, based upon the Ellsworth Dr. street sign in the background of the second photo—during the month of December to raise donations of clothing, food, toys, and money for charity. We hope this vintage photo of philanthropy in our communities brings you some extra joy this season. Happy Holidays!

#throwbackthursday #thenandnow #santashideaway #silverspring #supportlocalcharities #mocononprofits #happyholidays

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The holidays are quickly approaching… and so is our annual Montgomery County History Conference, coming up January 25! H...
12/16/2019

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

Tomorrow, December 10, we’re holding a special extra Tuesday Talk—the final event for this year! Stop by the Beall-Dawso...
12/09/2019

Tomorrow, December 10, we’re holding a special extra Tuesday Talk—the final event for this year! Stop by the Beall-Dawson House at noon tomorrow to see Scott Einberger present “Suburban Dams, Woods, and Water: The Story of Montgomery County, MD’s Rock Creek Park & Rock Creek Regional Park.” Inspired by his time spent in local parks, Einberger explores the history of these two and discusses the social and recreational usage of both parks in the context of the growth of suburbanization, how these two places are connected, and what it means for Montgomery County citizens today.

Tuesday Talks are always free and open to the public—for more information, visit MontgomeryHistory.org.

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Did you know? On this day in 1933, the 21st amendment was ratified, ending national Prohibition. Montgomery County, howe...
12/05/2019

Did you know? On this day in 1933, the 21st amendment was ratified, ending national Prohibition. Montgomery County, however, continues to have a complicated relationship with alcohol sales. At our upcoming History Conference on January 25, you can learn about Prohibition in Montgomery County alongside other topics like the history of the Montgomery County Sentinel, the historically African American community of Lyttonsville, the archeological excavation of the Seneca Store, and so much more!

For a full schedule of talks and reservations, visit HC2020.eventbrite.com.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible! Montgomery College Heritage Montgomery M&T Bank ASM Mid-Potomac Archaeology 7 Locks Brewing @MontgomeryMedicine @MontgomeryCountyLynchingMemorialProject

#montgomerycountyhistoryconference #localhistory #Prohibition #21stamendment #thisdayinhistory

Today is #givingtuesday ! This global day of giving back encourages citizens around the world to contribute to causes th...
12/03/2019

Today is #givingtuesday ! This global day of giving back encourages citizens around the world to contribute to causes they believe in. This December 3, the support you give to Montgomery History goes directly towards funding our programming, research, archives, and collection preservation. Our work makes history accessible, relevant, engaging, and inclusive for all Montgomery Countians. Become one of the hundreds of millions of donors worldwide who are working to transform their communities and celebrate generosity. Join the movement and make a donation! https://bit.ly/37ux8b1 Learn more at MontgomeryHistory.org.



#givingtuesday #givingtuesday2019 #globaldayofgiving #supportlocalhistory #mocomd

Join us tomorrow at noon for another free Tuesday Talk! In “Reflections of a Vietnam Era Veteran,” speaker Clarence Hick...
12/02/2019

Join us tomorrow at noon for another free Tuesday Talk! In “Reflections of a Vietnam Era Veteran,” speaker Clarence Hickey will discuss his experiences working at the Fort Campbell Army Hospital in Kentucky during the Vietnam War. His service there, such as working in the blood bank, was vital for treating wounded soldiers returning from overseas. With war-era artifacts on hand to accompany the talk, you won’t want to miss this stimulating discussion!

Tuesday Talks, always free and open to the public, take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville. For a list of other upcoming Tuesday Talks, visit our website, MontgomeryHistory.org.

#TuesdayTalks #publiclecture #freeevent #visitmoco #cityofrockville

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Montgomery History!
11/26/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Montgomery History!

We had a surprise visitor on our campus this morning! 🦌  @ Beall-Dawson House
11/25/2019

We had a surprise visitor on our campus this morning! 🦌 @ Beall-Dawson House

One week in, we're just over 15% of the way towards reaching our goal for our Annual Fund campaign! Thank you to everyon...
11/21/2019

One week in, we're just over 15% of the way towards reaching our goal for our Annual Fund campaign! Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation—your generous support enables us to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the histories of all of Montgomery County’s residents.

Annual Fund donations provide unrestricted funding for programs and services that Montgomery History offers all year long—like our annual History Conference (coming up January 25!), our free monthly Tuesday Talks, our ever-growing Speakers Bureau program featuring lectures around the county, the meticulous care of our 10,000+ object collection, access to the archival materials housed in our Jane Sween Research Library, and much more. Check out the photos below to see the work we do in the community in action!

Please help us reach our goal by making a donation today to Montgomery History! Your support goes directly toward funding our work to make our shared history relevant, accessible, inclusive, and engaging for this community.

Donate here: https://montgomeryhistory.org/get-involved/2019-annual-fund-fall-appeal/

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Only two days left until our Murder, Inc.: The CIA Under John F. Kennedy Book Talk with author Jim Johnston! Having work...
11/18/2019

Only two days left until our Murder, Inc.: The CIA Under John F. Kennedy Book Talk with author Jim Johnston! Having worked as a lawyer for the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1975, Johnston sheds new light on the relationship between the Castro assassination plots and Kennedy's murder. Whether you’re a Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist or merely a history enthusiast, Johnston’s insights are sure to be intriguing.
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Copies of Murder, Inc. can be pre-ordered and picked up at the event. Tickets are free but please register in advance via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-inc-the-cia-under-john-f-kennedy-with-author-jim-johnston-tickets-76949805941
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Contact us at 301-340-2825 with questions!
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Our 2019 Annual Fund campaign is underway, and we need YOUR help! The Annual Fund provides us with the resources that he...
11/12/2019

Our 2019 Annual Fund campaign is underway, and we need YOUR help! The Annual Fund provides us with the resources that help us to serve the entire Montgomery County community throughout the year by providing unrestricted funding to help our efforts to preserve and make accessible the county’s rich history. Please donate today to help us reach our goal of $21,000! Visit our donation page here: https://montgomeryhistory.org/get-involved/2019-annual-fund-fall-appeal/ And check out our website to learn more about how your support helps us put history to work: https://www.montgomeryhistory.org
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THE DOCTOR IS IN! Stop by the newly reopened Stonestreet Museum today from 12-4 pm for office hours with Dr. Stonestreet...
11/09/2019

THE DOCTOR IS IN! Stop by the newly reopened Stonestreet Museum today from 12-4 pm for office hours with Dr. Stonestreet. Learn about 19th century medicine from the country doctor himself with never-before-displayed artifacts, like obstetric tools, prescription jars, and more. See you there!

11/08/2019

The Jane C. Sween Reearch Library will be closed today, Friday, November 8. Regular hours will resume tomorrow.

This past Sunday, our Executive Director Matt Logan attended a Soil Collection Ceremony in Poolesville, hosted by the Mo...
11/07/2019

This past Sunday, our Executive Director Matt Logan attended a Soil Collection Ceremony in Poolesville, hosted by the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project in coordination with The Equal Justice Initiatve (EJI) of Montgomery, Alabama. This public ceremony took place at the site of the murder of George Peck, the first of three black men to be lynched in Montgomery county in the late 19th century. Peck, who was 22 at the time of his murder in January of 1880, had been accused of attempting to assault a young white girl. Before he could be given a fair trial, he was attacked by an angry mob of local men and hanged from a tree in downtown Poolesville. This abhorrent story–repeated all around the country–is indicative of the racial terrorism that was inflicted upon black citizens through the 19th and 20th centuries and whose aftereffects are still felt today.
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The first step toward learning from history is understanding and coming to terms with it, which is why Montgomery History will be adding this jar to our permanent collection. The soil will be used as a tool to facilitate discussions about these horrific episodes and to begin the process of learning, growing, and healing together as a community.
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#eji #equaljusticeinitiative #truthandreconciliation #poolesvillemd #mocohistory #remembrance @MontgomeryCountyLynchingMemorialProject Equal Justice Initiative Montgomery County Government Poolesville, Maryland

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111 W Montgomery Ave
Rockville, MD
20850

We are located 1/4 mile east of the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line.

General information

The Jane C Sween Research Library and Special Collections is open Wednesday-Friday, 10-4 and Saturday, 12-4. Closes on major holidays and for weather-related school closings. Guided tours of the Beall-Dawson House and the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine are available Saturday-Sunday between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 22:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(301) 340-2825

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Montgomery History has been serving the local community through its exhibitions, programs, educational activities, library, and conferences since its founding in 1944. Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the histories of all of Montgomery County’s residents. We operate two museums on our Rockville campus (the c.1815 Beall-Dawson Museum and the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine), manage a 9,500 piece collection of historic artifacts, operate the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Montgomery County’s official government Archives, provide a home for the county’s Genealogical Society, bring scholarly and public attention to 20th century history through the Harper Center for Suburban Studies, host an annual History Conference, and provide numerous educational and community exhibitions and events every year.

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I see where you donated the Gay flag to be flown at the county building = I am a Christian and I would be glad to donate a Christian flag to be flown at the county bldg - Christians played an important role (especially African Americans) in the history of Montgomery County. And currently Christians are being slaughtered all over the world and are often looked down upon here in Montgomery County. By the way, the US flag is to be flown above all other flags - not at the same level - I noticed our flag is at the same level as other flags at the county building.
4 years ago!
Anybody know who these tikes are? Photo's were shot at the J. Hanson Jones studio in Hillsboro. I'm guessing these are around 1905 -1915 ?
Bravo Montgomery History and Sarah Hedlund! The current Montgomery Story article tells the amazing story of dedicated persons who for decades have recognized the importance of preserving Montgomery history. Keep up the great work!
Spread the word! I have a new historical portrayal: Time-Travel with Virginia Hall - Maryland’s own covert intelligence officer risks life & limb to aid Allied Forces & French Resistance freedom fighters as an agent of the British SOE and the United States OSS during World War II, then the CIA until her retirement. Virginia lived in Baltimore, attended Roland Park Country School, then lived in Montgomery County. She accomplished her courageous missions with one leg. I’m excited to share her awe-inspiring life-story with audiences who know me from: Time-Travel with Emily Dickinson & look forward to meeting new audiences! There is a fun Q-and-A session, too! To save a date, call me at 443-528-6464 or email [email protected]
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I am a bit distressed - I have spent about an hour looking for some history facts. My search is prompted by a posting on Richard Montgomery High School FB page...A woman who attended RM questioned why such a non local had his name attached to the school...I'm trying to find some actual history of Montgomery County's beginning. It should be obvious to have a little permanent paragraph on this site to explain when and why the county received it's name and who was the county named after? Was it named after the Revolutionary War Hero, Richard Montgomery as many of us assumed or is there another person, place or thing the county was named for...I am very surprised that this information is not on the site that I can find and also distressed about the lack of pride the students at RMHS apparently have toward the school's name...have they never been told, studied or have any information readily available...like a poster hung at the school or the County Court House? Are we not proud enough of our home town and county that we don't know the very basic history? I would expect the Society would want to be sure all students, parents, visitors, citizens learn and know about the BEGINNING of the County...
I have been researching cemeteries and burials in Anne Arundel County for almost 30 years. I have death certificates up to about 1950, photographs of many of the tombstones, and some other records: obits, funeral home, etc. If you who don't know the exact date of death or spelling of the name you may be interested in Index of Anne Arundel County Maryland Death Certificates, 1840-1920, available from Amazon. I am always looking for additional records to give the most complete picture of who is buried in Anne Arundel County which is one of the earliest counties in Maryland and with much information already pulled together. Also, as you research other counties in Maryland you may want to check out the resources at Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites.
Hello, my name is Mitch Offutt. I'm a direct descendant of an original Potomac region early family. My , I believe, 5th great Grandfather was William Offutt. I have more and more background history of our beginnings there. But I would greatly appreciate any big and small tidbits on the Potomac Offutts. My email- [email protected]. Thank you.
Dear members, I do a private literacy campaign so kids know how Maryland motto was earned the “Old Line State” , with the blood of 400 Maryland soldiers who attacked the Hessian’s at the Battle of Brooklyn. 9 out of 400 came out alive! On the 3rd floor of the Towson Library until Jan 1st is a Maryland Confederate collection that includes 100’s of original Confederate Marylander’s, belts, boxes, crosses, excavated buckles, all Maryland. The Maryland Historical society in downtown Baltimore has the best Maryland collection on display, their 15 minutes apart. Please enjoy, if you are every selling anything, please contact me at Budds Creek 301 475-2000 Jonathan Beasley
S.S. B&O R.R. Station 20th Anniversaries' Celebration Open House!! 8100 Ga. Ave, 11/3, Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come Enjoy Cake as We Commemorate!! Montgomery Preservation's Rescue & Restoration of our Landmark Station Silver Spring Historical Society's 20th Birthday 20 Years of Partnership & Service! "N" Trackers Modular RR Display, "Next Stop Silver Spring" PBS Doc! Real Train Spotting! Permanent Model Train Display! Kids' Artistry! For All Ages! https://www.montgomerypreservation.org/event/open-house-silver-spring-railroad-station-2-2-2-2-2/ https://www.facebook.com/Montgomery-Preservation-Inc-282837478467685/ Photos: 1937 Mural Artist's Young Son Painting Green Grass Under Union Soldier's Feet/Boots During Civil War in Bucolic 1864 Silver Spring, "The Old Tavern," Ga. & Colesville Intersection; New Deal Mural symbolizes Liberation & Hope: Over 209,000 African-Americans served as Union Solders During the Civil War; Juxtaposed W. National Endowment for the Arts "Songster" Warner Williams & Expert Harmonica Player Joyce Ettingoff & Band Performing Outside S.S. B&O R.R. Station During Fenton Village Days!