Montgomery History

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This week's History Conversation, today at 2 pm, will take you back in time to a 19th century schoolhouse! View the ins ...
10/06/2020

This week's History Conversation, today at 2 pm, will take you back in time to a 19th century schoolhouse! View the ins and outs of the Seneca Schoolhouse, built by community donations in 1865, as presenters Julie Shapiro and Knight Kiplinger show attendees what a day in the life of a 19th century student was like.

Zoom registration is full, but you can watch live here on Facebook!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #poolesvillemd #senecaschoolhouse #oneroomschoolhouse #19thcentury #historicmedleydistrict

Historic Medley District, Inc. Preservation Maryland Maryland Center for History and Culture

10/01/2020
Search Our Collections: How to Use Montgomery History’s Online Resources

Do you want to use the new digital repository to conduct research but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Join Sarah Hedlund, Montgomery History’s Archivist, as she walks you through using the site page-by-page. She’ll explain the difference between communities and collections; best practices for searching; and how to make the most of these free resources. Whether you are a total newbie to online research or already a pro, get acquainted with Montgomery History’s newest online search engine and take advantage of this free training to learn about Montgomery County’s past from the comfort of your own home!​

Online research just got much easier! Explore the new Montgomery County History Digital Repository at https://mchdr.mont...
10/01/2020

Online research just got much easier! Explore the new Montgomery County History Digital Repository at https://mchdr.montgomeryhistory.org/xmlui/ to explore 62 years and 229 total issues of the Montgomery County Story, easily searchable by keyword. As we add more content from special collections, you'll have access to ledger books, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, oral histories, and much more of the special collections that cover the scope of our county's history.

Then, join us today at 2 pm for a special bonus History Conversation with archivist Sarah Hedlund, who will walk attendees through best practices for searching our collections. If you want to conduct research on local history but don't know the best place to start, you won't want to miss this!

Register for the Zoom session at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/​. See you there!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #digitalrepository #archive #research #onlineresearch

It's not too late to register for today's History Conversation at 2 pm! Beth Huffer from the Chevy Chase Historical Soci...
09/29/2020

It's not too late to register for today's History Conversation at 2 pm! Beth Huffer from the Chevy Chase Historical Society will be joining us to discuss the Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park and the story of its development. Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/​ for the Zoom link to register, or watch live on Facebook at @MoCoHistory.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #chevychasemd #chevychaselakeamusementpark

Chevy Chase Historical Society Maryland Center for History and Culture

Take your family to enjoy the fall weather this weekend on the Montgomery History campus! Stop by to visit our newly reo...
09/25/2020

Take your family to enjoy the fall weather this weekend on the Montgomery History campus! Stop by to visit our newly reopened Stonestreet Museum (following updated county health guidelines) and learn about 19th century medical practices and scientific discoveries!

The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 pm. Note that only one group is allowed in the museum at a time (max. 6 people) and masks are required. Entry is free!

Send your pictures to [email protected] and tag us on social media!

#localhistory #medicalhistory #science #montgomerycountymd #rockvillemd #weekend #maskupmoco

City of Rockville Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. Maryland Center for History and Culture Montgomery County, MD Tourism The Moco Show

Tune in to today’s History Conversation at 2 pm with Katie Dishman, Marriott International’s Corporate Archivist. In “Ma...
09/15/2020

Tune in to today’s History Conversation at 2 pm with Katie Dishman, Marriott International’s Corporate Archivist. In “Marriotts and Motor Cars: Made for Each Other,” she details the company’s evolution from a root beer stand in Washington, DC to the world’s largest hotel company. Don’t miss learning about this global corporation’s local origins!

Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ for the link to register, or watch live here on our page!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #marriottinternational #bethesda #hotshoppes

Marriott International Maryland Center for History and Culture DC History

09/03/2020
Clara Barton at Antietam

Discover Clara Barton’s first foray on the field of battle, from the meeting that gained her permission to take supplies to and travel with the Army through Maryland, to her experiences at the Battle of Antietam and her return to Washington D.C. Despite the horrors and challenges she faced, it solidified her determination to become a dedicated humanitarian and led to the establishment of the American Red Cross.

Join us this evening at 7 pm for an exciting History Conversation: "Clara Barton at Antietam." Learn about Barton's firs...
09/03/2020

Join us this evening at 7 pm for an exciting History Conversation: "Clara Barton at Antietam." Learn about Barton's first experiences on the field of battle and how they shaped her humanitarian spirit, leading to the eventual creation of the #AmericanRedCross.

Visit MontgomeryHistory.org/mhconnected/watch to register for the Zoom session. Remember, spots are limited to 100 people! Due to a high number of registrations, it'll also be streamed live here on our page, so you can still watch if Zoom is full. See you this evening!

#clarabarton #localhistory #antietam #battleofantietam #civilwarhistory #redcross

Antietam National Battlefield Civil War Trails, Inc. National Park Service American Red Cross Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) Clara Barton National Historic Site, Glen Echo Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Join us today at 2 pm for our first History Conversations Rewind! We'll be streaming one of our most popular programs fr...
08/25/2020

Join us today at 2 pm for our first History Conversations Rewind! We'll be streaming one of our most popular programs from earlier this summer: “Baseball’s Big Train: A Conversation with the Grandson of Baseball’s Greatest Pitcher." You'll have a chance to learn about sports legend Walter Johnson, and pose questions to Bruce Adams, founder of Bethesda Big Train. Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ to sign up for the Zoom session, or watch live here on Facebook. See you there!

#localhistory #baseball #sportshistory #montgomerycountymd #bigtrain #walterjohnson
Bethesda Big Train Baseball

08/18/2020
The Path to Leadership: The Next Chapter

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, join Claire McDonald, the creator of our new online exhibit, for a History Conversation to discuss “The Path to Leadership: The Next Chapter.” She will talk about the influence of Montgomery County women in the political arena pre- and post-suffrage, as well as barriers they faced along the way. You won’t want to miss this detailed look at some of the most influential women in Montgomery County and Maryland politics and their amazing stories.

100 years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. Celebrate by tuning in ...
08/18/2020

100 years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. Celebrate by tuning in to today's History Conversation at 2 pm, "The Path to Leadership: The Next Chapter." Claire McDonald, creator of our newest online exhibit, gives a detailed look at the role of Montgomery County women in local politics both pre- and post-suffrage. Don't miss hearing some inspiring stories of local women who worked to create change!

Register for the event at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/, and view the online exhibit at https://montgomeryhistory.org/online-exhibits/.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #womenshistory #womenssuffrage #19thamendment #100yearsofwomenssuffrage

Montgomery County Government Montgomery County Commission for Women League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Maryland Maryland Historical Society

08/11/2020
Lincoln and the Washingtons

Throughout his life, Abraham Lincoln idolized George Washington, from reading his biography as a boy to visiting Mount Vernon as a member of Congress. Imagine how disillusioned Lincoln was to discover so many members of the Washington family were fighting for the Confederacy. In this History Conversation, Jim Johnston, who has written about Lincoln’s relationship with Washington’s family for the White House Historical Society magazine, will detail who the Washingtons were, what they did, and why they fought against the Union their ancestor had created.�

George Washington was a hero to many--including Abraham Lincoln. So it was a large blow for Lincoln to learn that many o...
08/10/2020

George Washington was a hero to many--including Abraham Lincoln. So it was a large blow for Lincoln to learn that many of Washington's family members were fighting for the Confederacy. In this week's History Conversation, Jim Johnston tells the story of Lincoln's relationship to the Washingtons and explores why many of Washington's ancestors ended up fighting against the Union he had created. Find out more Tuesday, August 11 at 2 pm! Visit montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ to register.

#civilwarhistory #americanhistory #foundingfathers #georgewashington #abrahamlincoln

08/05/2020

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

No plans yet for this evening? We've got you covered! Join us at 6 pm for a History Conversation with Natalie Williams a...
07/28/2020

No plans yet for this evening? We've got you covered! Join us at 6 pm for a History Conversation with Natalie Williams as she gives an insider's look at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery. Don't miss out on learning more about one of our county's little known treasures! Registration link is up at MontgomeryHistory.org/mhconnected/watch.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #historyconversations #sandyspringslavemuseum

On July 27, 1880--140 years ago to the day--a young black man named John Diggs-Dorsey was forcibly removed from his cell...
07/27/2020

On July 27, 1880--140 years ago to the day--a young black man named John Diggs-Dorsey was forcibly removed from his cell in the Rockville jail by a violent mob and lynched in the early hours of the morning. The second of three recorded lynchings in Montgomery County, Diggs-Dorsey was apprehended, after a 2-day manhunt, because his employer's wife (a white woman) had accused him of rape. Though he denied the charges repeatedly, Diggs-Dorsey was never given a chance at a fair trial, nor was his account of the story ever reported in the papers. Sadly, the story of John Diggs-Dorsey is one that is echoed in many other parts of our country.

Montgomery County's three recorded lynchings are a dark part of our past, but one that cannot be ignored. On this day, the anniversary of Diggs-Dorsey's death, we encourage you to explore this important piece of our shared history. Learn more about John Diggs-Dorsey, as well as the two other men who were lynched, George Peck and Sidney Randoph, by reading through the research on our website at MontgomeryHistory.org/lynchings-in-montgomery-county/.

Pictured: The approximate location of John Diggs-Dorsey's lynching.

Equal Justice Initiative Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project Maryland Lynching Memorial Project Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. Montgomery County Government Maryland Historical Society

07/21/2020
Uncovering the Stories of Two Lynchings in Rockville

In part one, Montgomery History Archivist Sarah Hedlund will present the work she has undertaken in the last year, primarily using newspaper articles from the time, to document the events surrounding Rockville’s two recorded lynchings: those of John Diggs-Dorsey (1880) and Sidney Randolph (1896).

There's still time to register for our two-part event today, July 21 at 2 pm and tomorrow, July 22 at 7 pm, which we're ...
07/21/2020

There's still time to register for our two-part event today, July 21 at 2 pm and tomorrow, July 22 at 7 pm, which we're holding in partnership with the @MontgomeryCountyLynchingMemorialProject, Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd., and the County Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission. Join us to learn about the stories of John Diggs-Dorsey and Sidney Randolph, two young black men who were both the victims of mob lynching in Rockville in 1880 and 1896, respectively. These talks will be a chance to learn about the history of systemic racism in our county as well as come together to heal, discuss, and reflect upon how we can use knowledge of our history to create a better future.

Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ for more information and the link to register for both events. If the Zoom session reaches its 500-person capacity, you can still watch live here on Facebook.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #rockville #rockvillemd #systemicracism #knowledgeispower #montgomerycountylynchingmemorialproject #marylandlynchingmemorialproject

Montgomery County Government Bethesda Magazine City of Rockville Maryland Historical Society DC History Equal Justice Initiative Maryland Lynching Memorial Project @MontgomeryCountyLynchingMemorialProject

Year: 1880. Place: Montgomery County, MD. Both George Peck and John Diggs-Dorsey were single, young black men working on...
07/16/2020

Year: 1880. Place: Montgomery County, MD. Both George Peck and John Diggs-Dorsey were single, young black men working on rural farms. Both were accused, though not convicted, of assaulting white women. And both were terrorized and murdered by lynch mobs before legal investigations could take place. "At the Hands of Parties Unknown: The 1880 Lynchings in Montgomery County, Maryland," the latest issue of our publication the Montgomery County Story, culminates over a year of our work researching and detailing the circumstances surrounding the racial terror lynchings of these two men. As our country continues to grapple with systemic racism, we encourage everyone to learn about its historic roots, especially here in our own community. Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/lynchings-in-montgomery-county/ for a PDF copy of the article and explore primary sources related to these two lynchings.

#localhistory #montgomerycounty #montgomerycountymd #racialviolence #systemicracism #marylandlynchingmemorialproject #montgomerycountylynchingmemorialproject #restorativejustice

Equal Justice Initiative Maryland Historical Society Montgomery County Government Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. Heritage Montgomery Maryland Lynching Memorial Project @MontgomeryCountyLynchingMemorialProject Bethesda Magazine Montgomery Community Media

07/15/2020
Walls CAN Talk: The 300 Year Evolution of a Montgomery County Farmhouse

Join historian and Manager of Interpretation, Lisa Berray, as she guides participants on a journey through the nearly 300-year history of the Agricultural History Farm Park’s (Montgomery Parks) farmhouse. From the attic to the basement, go behind the scenes to find out how the Farm Park’s Bussard Farmhouse evolved over time to meet the needs of its many owners and continues, today, to give us glimpses into our County’s agricultural and social past.

07/15/2020
Walls CAN Talk: The 300 Year Evolution of a Montgomery County Farmhouse

Join historian and Manager of Interpretation, Lisa Berray, as she guides participants on a journey through the nearly 300-year history of the Agricultural History Farm Park’s (Montgomery Parks) farmhouse. From the attic to the basement, go behind the scenes to find out how the Farm Park’s Bussard Farmhouse evolved over time to meet the needs of its many owners and continues, today, to give us glimpses into our County’s agricultural and social past.

We're re-broadcasting our "Walls Can Talk" History Conversation tomorrow, July 15 at 2 pm! Visit https://montgomeryhisto...
07/14/2020

We're re-broadcasting our "Walls Can Talk" History Conversation tomorrow, July 15 at 2 pm! Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ for the link to register and join us on a journey to explore the 300-year history of the Bussard Farmhouse. If these historic walls could talk, what would they say? Find out tomorrow afternoon!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #historichouses #bussardfarmhouse #aghistoryfarmpark Agricultural History Farm Park

Have you had a chance to check out the latest addition to our online Lewis Reed photography exhibit? In the new "Recreat...
07/08/2020

Have you had a chance to check out the latest addition to our online Lewis Reed photography exhibit? In the new "Recreation" section, view unique photos that offer a glimpse into how Montgomery Countians spent their summers 100+ years ago. Visit MontgomeryHistory.org/online-exhibits and immerse yourself in beach and camping trips, picnics, pool days, and vacations of days gone by!

Photo: Jeanne Gartner

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #summertime #summerfun #recreation #20thcentury #onlineexhibit

Join us today at 2:00 p.m. for an enlightening History Conversation with Brian Belanger, Curator at the National Capital...
06/30/2020

Join us today at 2:00 p.m. for an enlightening History Conversation with Brian Belanger, Curator at the National Capital Radio and Television Museum, to discuss radio journalism during WWII. Featuring audio clips from wartime broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, this talk will transport you back in time and display how radio brought the war into people’s homes, changing the history of radio broadcast news forever. Find the Zoom link at MontgomeryHistory.org/mhconnected/watch.

#localhistory #WWII #militaryhistory #warhistory #journalism #historyofjournalism National Capital Radio & Television Museum

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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

Telephone

(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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Hello all :) The following is an excerpt of a marriage certificate belonging to kin of my ancestors. Can someone tell me if this church still exists? Or is this a church? I appreciate any and all comments...........
I was a long-time member of MCHS, joined about 1960. I now live in FL, so am no longer a member. I have a book on the Lucas family who lived there; good index. Will help anyone who needs it.
Hi Ya'll ... I'm a retired police detective/researcher residing in California and a former resident of Gaithersburg. I'm seeking information regarding off-duty, John Elliott Buell, said to have been Chief of the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Buell was said to have drowned attempting to rescue a car near the area of River Road and Seven Locks Road, October 16, 1942. As he allegedly entered the water, he was swept away and drowned. Can anyone please direct me to a source where I can confirm John Buell was a member of Bethesda's Volunteer Fire Department? OR, do you have information where I can contact the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Fighter Yearbook for 1940, 1941, 1942? If you have any source of information or can lead me further in my research, any help would be greatly appreciated by emailing me at [email protected]. I wish you all continued safety and health in the midst of COVID-19. R.
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]
RCPD Police Headquarters Mural is a Forever stamp : City of Rockville : Free…
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.