It's #CyberMonday and we all know what that means...family is gone and you are looking forward to getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping!
We all have that person in our life where you scratch your head wondering what to get them this year. We can help! What better gift for your favorite history buff this year than the gift of preserving and sharing local history?! Just in time for #GivingTuesday, you can make a gift to Montgomery History in honor of a loved one.
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In Search of Ghosts Montgomery County, Maryland
This story-telling lecture explores haunted places of Montgomery County and its surrounding area through ghostly tales. Learn about the many ghosts, apparitions, and supernatural occurrences that can’t be explained logically, including: The Headless Horseman that continues to terrorize visitors to the old railroad bridge; the poltergeist that haunts the Madison House; the Tommyknocker at the Maryland Mine; and the farmer who keeps searching for his buried treasure. Take this haunted journey back in time!
Fort Frederick; Three Centuries of History
Fort Frederick was built during the French and Indian War to protect Maryland from attack, but would play an active part of American history over the course of three centuries. The fort would see service in the 1750's, again during the American War of Independence and Civil War. It would be owned by a former enslaved man, and redeveloped into a part by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930's.
Benjamin Banneker: Man of Many Accomplishments
Benjamin Banneker is still a mystery to many Maryland residents despite his multiple accomplishments while living as a self-educated, free African American in colonial America. Learn about his life and why he can be called an astronomer, surveyor, mathematician, abolitionist, author, farmer, beekeeper, and naturalist.
Painting Style of the Dentzel Carousel Company and Restoration Techniques by Rosa Patton
Rosa Patton has been restoring carousels for 43 years, including the 20-year restoration of Glen Echo's carousel. She will discuss the painting style differences between carousel manufacturers, the types of paints used, and the tools and brushes used for achieving the signature look of each company. She will also give a painting technique demonstration to show how the company's artists worked and how these techniques were used during the carousel's restoration.
Historic Canals Today: Education, Recreation, and Tourism
America’s 19th-century canals supported the Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion. Today their legacy creates the opportunity for education, recreation, tourism and community engagement.
At 184.5 miles, the C&O Canal is the longest intact canal from that era in the United States. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this treasured park, the C&O Canal Association and communities along the canal, including Montgomery County, are getting ready to welcome visitors to the 2021 World Canals Conference. Join Tiffany Ahalt to learn more about the rich history and role of the C&O Canal Association and get details about the multi-day conference.
Unpacking Laurel's Past: 150 Years (+1) on display!
Just six weeks after opening, the new exhibit at the Laurel Museum closed last March for 15 months. Join us for a special History Conversation to see the exhibit, designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Laurel, and which now includes objects documenting the community's response to COVID-19.
A Short History of a Long Treasured Icon: the American Front Porch
“I commence my journal…”: What Carrie Miller Farquhar Told her Diary … and What She Left Out
The Tubman Country Experience
Enjoy a virtual tour of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, presented by Park Ranger Cierra Maszkiewicz. The park, which sits on the trailhead for the 125‐mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, provides an in-depth understanding of Tubman’s early years spent in Maryland's Choptank River region and her legacy as a leader, liberator and humanitarian in the resistance movement of the Underground Railroad. Learn about the design concept of The View North, the life and legacy of this great American heroine, and how to get the most from your visit to Tubman Country.
How Immigrants Inspired American Mid-Century Design
America experienced a wave of European migrants during the early 20th century, some of whom were escaping war and oppression, while others sought opportunities in a growing democracy. These immigrants included giants of architecture and design: Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Eliel and Loja Saarinen, and Joseph and Anni Albers. They arrived in the US by securing teaching positions at universities throughout the country where they inspired the next generation of designers and architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Jack Lenore Larson and I.M.Pei. Lay examines how the contributions of their work and teachings changed the face of American design.
The Conspirators That Fled North
Two men. An assassination plot. Escape attempts. With all the makings of a Hollywood plotline, hear the true stories—with local connections—of George Atzerodt and John Surrat. Join us as Coby Treadway, Education Coordinator at the Surratt House Museum, discusses these two men, their connections to the murder of President Abraham Lincoln, their ties to Montgomery County, and their eventual fates.
Recordings of each week’s History Conversations are posted on Montgomery History’s website on the Monday after the talk at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ and are available for one week.
“New Life for Old News”
Join Archivist/Librarian Sarah as she discusses Montgomery History's collection of the county Gazette (which spans from 1960-2002) and the microfilm collection of the Montgomery County Sentinel (1964-1969) and details some of the exciting history that can be found amongst these pages. These two papers were some of the most important sources of local county journalism and were critical in telling the story of Montgomery County in the 20th century. Then listen as Executive Director Matt Logan discusses Montgomery History's plans for preserving these papers, why preservation and digitization of these vital resources is so important, and how you can help.
Glen Echo’s Two Great Carousels: Coney Island versus Philadelphia Style
Before Glen Echo’s wonderful W. H. Dentzel carousel was delivered from Philadelphia in 1921, the park featured a large carousel created in Coney Island by W. F. Mangels with horses and chariots by M. C. Illions. This presentation will consider why each of the carousels was purchased, compare the regional styles of the two manufacturers, introduce the men who carved and built the two carousels, and show how W. H. Dentzel recycled elements from the Glen Echo Mangels carousel into a “new” carousel in 1922.
Potomac, a History of the River and the Land
The Potomac River, the dominant geological feature of Montgomery County, has also played a dominant role in American history. It was the first interstate waterway in North America, the spawning ground for the Constitution, and a protective barrier in the Civil War. To travelers today, it is a time tunnel to 250 million years of history. Learn this history from Jim Johnston and then walk along the river yourself to see the Potomac in a new way.
Sanctified Sisters of Colesville: The Hidden History of Commonwealth Farm
Learn the hidden history behind a feminist commune that ran Commonwealth Farm Inn in Colesville from 1903-1947. These savvy business women ran an inn and restaurant that was a popular country retreat for Washingtonians. How did they end up in Montgomery County, and why was their presence forgotten? It’s a fascinating story of women determined to control their own spiritual and economic destinies.
Civil War Trails: Not Just for History Buffs
Civil War Trails aren’t just for history buffs! Join Drew Gruber, Executive Director of Civil War Trails, to hear about this multi-state program that connects visitors to often-unheard stories about the Civil War. As a community-driven resource this program reaches audiences of all ages, putting them into the shoes of the generals, soldiers, civilians, and enslaved people that experienced the deadliest war in U.S. history. With over 1,350 sites across six states and signage that is constantly being updated to tell new and diverse stories, thought-provoking experiences abound when you explore this open air museum.
Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools: A Force for Change
Stephanie Deutsch and Dorothy Canter will discuss the life of Julius Rosenwald, an innovative and visionary philanthropist, and plans to conserve his legacy with the creation of the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park. They will highlight the schools for African American children that he helped fund throughout the South with particular emphasis on the schools that were built in Maryland.
Canal Quarters: Explore Seven Lockhouses on the C&O Canal
Each of the 74 lift locks along the C&O Canal was accompanied by a lockhouse, where the locktender and his family lived. Today those lockhouses are in varying states of repair, with seven revitalized and managed by the C&O Canal Trust as venues for overnight interpretive experiences for guests wishing to spend a night or two in an earlier decade. Join the C&O Canal Trust for a closer look at what time period each lockhouse represents, the lives of the people who lived in them, and what treasures they hold now.
The History of Racial Terror Lynching in Maryland
Join us as Will Schwarz, filmmaker, producer, and founder of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, provides a brief history of known racial terror lynchings in Maryland and the United States. Schwarz will screen a short film on the last known lynching in Maryland, the 1933 murder of George Armwood in Princess Anne in October 1933. He will discuss how truth and reconciliation efforts have evolved in the state including a survey of the entities currently involved in those efforts. Schwarz will also delve into the concept and importance of “changing the narrative” when considering the history and consequences of racial terror in America.
Family Myth Busting
Genealogy has exploded in interest during this past year. Join us as writer, family historian, and former librarian Julianne Mangin discusses her experiences researching a family mystery, interweaving it with a discussion of the genealogical methods that may help you uncover the secrets in your family tree.
Emancipation in Montgomery County, Maryland
On November 1, 1864, Maryland became the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to free slaves within its boundaries by popular vote. On the 156th anniversary of Emancipation in the Old Line State, two chroniclers of Montgomery County history will describe local experiences with slavery, war, emancipation, and its aftermath.
William Marbury: The Man Whose Lawsuit Made the Supreme Court, Supreme
Learn about a 200+ year-old tale of Supreme Court history this week, as Jim Johnston details the pivotal 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison and the man behind it–William Marbury. Born to an impoverished tobacco farmer in Prince George’s County, young Marbury had bigger dreams of fame and fortune. By 1800, he had acquired wealth and a large house in Georgetown. Following a dispute in which incoming president Thomas Jefferson told Secretary of State James Madison not to deliver Marbury his commission as justice of the peace, Marbury resolved to use his wealth to teach Jefferson a lesson. Learn about the resulting Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison, and how it established the proposition that the Supreme Court reigns supreme on matters of constitutional interpretation.
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!
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City of Rockville Maryland Historical Society National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Walls CAN Talk: The 300 Year Evolution of a Montgomery County Farmhouse
Walls CAN Talk: The 300 Year Evolution of a Montgomery County Farmhouse
Still Standing: The Relics of School Segregation in Montgomery County
Baseball’s Big Train: A Conversation with the Grandson of Baseball’s Greatest Pitcher
The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County