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Happy holidays from Montgomery History! We wish you all health and happiness as we head into the new year. Thank you all...
12/24/2020

Happy holidays from Montgomery History! We wish you all health and happiness as we head into the new year. Thank you all for the tremendous support you have shown us in 2020.

Remember, the Stonestreet Museum will be open from 12-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays over the holidays, so stop by for a (masked, socially-distant) visit! The Beall-Dawson House and Jane Sween Library remain closed for the foreseeable future and the office will be closed through January 3.

#happyholidays #staysafe #wearamask
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Check out ABC 7 News - WJLA's recent story on The Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery -- which is also the topic of the newest issue...
12/21/2020
Pet cemetery offers glimpse at humanity, Montgomery County history

Check out ABC 7 News - WJLA's recent story on The Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery -- which is also the topic of the newest issue of the Montgomery County Story, written by Julianne Mangin! This little-known local memorial park, which has laid to rest animals of all shapes and sizes (including some that might surprise you!) tells the sentimental story of the bond between humans and their animal counterparts. https://wjla.com/news/local/pet-cemetery-offers-glimpse-at-humanity-montgomery-county-history

Montgomery History's $60 and up supporters will automatically receive their copy by mail, but you can learn more about the history of this unique site by requesting a physical copy. Send an email to Office Manager Stacie Vodra at [email protected].
#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #aspenhill #aspinhillpetcemetery #pets
Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc., Rockville, MD Montgomery County, MD Tourism ABC 7 News - WJLA Bethesda Magazine Montgomery Magazine

Within a grid of shifted headstones and uneven ground, Julianne Mangin stopped and took in a sight she knew well. It was a cool December morning in Montgomery County. Rows of small graves stood before – and around – her, honor lives of furry friends and four-legged family members. Of all...

Have you purchased your ticket yet for the LARGEST Montgomery County History Conference to date? This year the conferenc...
12/15/2020

Have you purchased your ticket yet for the LARGEST Montgomery County History Conference to date? This year the conference is going virtual! Spread out over eight days there is more content than ever before to choose from, including a competitive Trivia Night, three riveting keynote sessions, twelve breakout sessions, and a special musical performance! Tickets start at just $25, so what are you waiting for? Visit tinyurl.com/2021HistoryCon to register today! More info at MontgomeryHistory.org/2021-mchc.

#montgomerycountyhistoryconference #2021conference #virtualconference #historyconference #localhistory #montgomerycountymd #montgomeryhistory #heritagemoco

Montgomery College Brown Advisory Heritage Montgomery M&T Bank Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Montgomery County Government Artists Circle Fine Art GRF CPAs & Advisors Montgomery Parks Preservation Maryland ASM Mid-Potomac Archaeology Art Deco Society Of Washington DC Bethesda Big Train Baseball Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County - HCCMC Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. Kensington Historical Society Montgomery Preservation Inc. Washington Metropolitan OASIS Georgetown Prep Historic Medley District, Inc. UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove Montgomery County, MD Tourism The Moco Show

12/15/2020
Old World Master Paintings: Riversdale’s Famous Art Works

Discover “some of the finest paintings ever in America!” In this week’s History Conversation, learn about the outstanding collection of Old World Master Paintings that were housed in the historic Riversdale House in neighboring Prince George’s county two centuries ago. Susan Pearl, who serves as historian for the Prince George’s County Historical Society, will showcase a selection of these paintings by such renowned artists as Rubens, van Dyck, and Jan Brueghel, with details about the paintings, the family that cared for them, and where the paintings are now.

12/08/2020
The Odyssey of a Civil War Soldier

George P. McClelland served with the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, Army of the Potomac, from August 1862 to his discharge in June 1865. Join us as author Robert Plumb reads from McClelland’s letters and exciting narrative excerpts from his book, Your Brother in Arms, which offer a front-line soldier’s view of some of the most crucial battles fought during the Civil War– from Gettysburg to Petersburg. Literate and evocative, the letters convey an authentic perspective of a soldier who experienced one of the bloodiest and most transformative wars in American history.

Test your Montgomery County expertise! Do you know where this photo was taken? (Pssst... the costumes are a hint, and it...
12/04/2020

Test your Montgomery County expertise! Do you know where this photo was taken? (Pssst... the costumes are a hint, and it’s estimated the photo was taken in 1981!) We featured the picture in this week's e-news, and so far only one person has guessed the correct answer. Leave your guess in the comments!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #20thcentury #retro #blackandwhite #maryland

12/01/2020
The Maryland Center for History and Culture: A (Re)Introduction

In September 2020, after 176 years, the Maryland Historical Society rebranded to become the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC). This new identity reflects the organization’s mission to define itself as a space where the community can come to discover and develop a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. The transformation to the Maryland Center for History and Culture has been years in the making and includes a new website, core values, and visual identity. Join Katie Caljean, MCHC’s Vice President of Education & Strategic Engagement to discuss the organization’s journey and vision for the future.

Today is #givingtuesday , a global day of generosity that celebrates philanthropy worldwide. On #givingtuesday2020 you c...
12/01/2020

Today is #givingtuesday , a global day of generosity that celebrates philanthropy worldwide. On #givingtuesday2020 you can support Montgomery History’s efforts to make local history relevant, accessible, inclusive and engaging by making an online gift. Your donations go directly towards creating exciting weekly History Conversations, digitizing priceless historical documents that share stories about our county history, encouraging Montgomery County students to learn about history hands on, and much more. Visit MontgomeryHistory.org and click on “Donate Now” at the top of the page!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #globalgenerosity #givingtuesday2020

**STONESTREET MUSEUM UPDATE**Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine will be CL...
11/27/2020

**STONESTREET MUSEUM UPDATE**

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine will be CLOSED this weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

From the ​Montgomery History team, wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyous #Thanksgiving. We remain grateful for al...
11/26/2020

From the ​Montgomery History team, wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyous #Thanksgiving. We remain grateful for all the support you have shown us throughout this truly unforgettable year.

As a reminder, the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine is open on weekends from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. This a great chance to get outside and enjoy the sunny weekend weather on the Montgomery History grounds while stopping by for a visit to the museum! Entry is free and public health protocols will be strictly enforced. Masks are required on the Montgomery History campus, and only one household group is permitted inside the museum at a time.

On this week's #REWIND, enjoy a Thanksgiving treat: a nostalgic view of local radio in “Feast Your Ears: The Story of WH...
11/23/2020

On this week's #REWIND, enjoy a Thanksgiving treat: a nostalgic view of local radio in “Feast Your Ears: The Story of WHFS 102.3FM.” Moderated by Washington Post journalist John Kelly, the panel explores the history of this groundbreaking radio station and how this local phenomenon was able to make a radical difference in the social and cultural climate.

Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ to watch the recording, which will be up through the end of Sunday.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #musichistory #WHFS #radio #feastyourears Feast Your Ears - The Story of WHFS 102.3 FM

11/20/2020
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.

11/10/2020
Mapping Gaithersburg: From Wilderness to Metropolis

Explore the history and development of Gaithersburg through maps and the census with Karen Yaffe Lottes, historian, museum educator, and the Program Coordinator for the Gaithersburg Community Museum

Gaithersburg is the fourth-largest incorporated city in the entire state of Maryland and home to sprawling commercial an...
11/09/2020

Gaithersburg is the fourth-largest incorporated city in the entire state of Maryland and home to sprawling commercial and residential areas -- but it hasn't always been that way! Find out about the evolution of Gaithersburg into the city that we know and love today in this week's History Conversation: "Mapping Gaithersburg: From Wilderness to Metropolis," Tuesday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m, with Karen Lottes from the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Register online at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/​ to get a reminder before the event starts!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #gaithersburgmd
City of Gaithersburg Government Gaithersburg Community Museum Gaithersburg Parks & Recreation Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County, MD Tourism

More info on the new sign coming in next week's e-news - stay tuned! Civil War Trails, Inc.
11/06/2020

More info on the new sign coming in next week's e-news - stay tuned!

Civil War Trails, Inc.

Hanging with our friends at Montgomery History this afternoon!

11/03/2020
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.

This Sunday, November 1 is #EmancipationDay in Maryland – when enslaved peoples were freed by a state constitutional ref...
10/28/2020

This Sunday, November 1 is #EmancipationDay in Maryland – when enslaved peoples were freed by a state constitutional referendum – and there are plenty of local activities you can take part in to mark the date.

We’ll be hosting our own Emancipation Day themed event with our upcoming History Conversation on Tuesday, November 3 at 2 pm, when Montgomery County historians Eileen McGuckian and Susan Soderberg will detail local experiences with slavery, war, emancipation, and its aftermath. And good news! Because our History Conversations are becoming so popular, we’ve expanded the capacity of our Zoom platform so that it now accommodates up to 500 people! Pre-register at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/. If you can’t make it, recordings of the prior week’s History Conversation are posted to our website each Monday.

Before that, this Saturday, join our friends over at Button Farm Living History Center for an outdoor celebration from 12 – 3 pm, including an emancipation-themed, self-guided tour of the farm and Slave Cemetery which you can access on your phone, plus scavenger hunts, farm animals, and hands-on history and musical performances, all with social distancing guidelines in place. More info at https://buttonfarm.org/events

Then on Sunday, join Peerless Rockville at 7 pm on Zoom as they host Canadian historians Bryan and Shannon Prince, who’ll be sharing the heart wrenching story of the enslaved family of John and Arabella Weems, who endured the nightmare of being, sold, separated and scattered throughout the south. Visit http://www.peerlessrockville.org/ to reserve your spot.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #emancipationday #marylandhistory #livinghistory

*New video alert!* The Zoom session for yesterday’s History Conversation filled up and because we had some technical dif...
10/21/2020

*New video alert!* The Zoom session for yesterday’s History Conversation filled up and because we had some technical difficulties streaming live on Facebook at the beginning of the program, we’re releasing the video recording early! If you missed “William Marbury–The Man Whose Lawsuit Made the Supreme Court, Supreme” with Jim Johnston yesterday, you can visit our website at https://montgomeryhistory.org/mhconnected/watch/ to watch now. Happy viewing!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #historyconversations #marylandhistory #legalhistory #supremecourt
Maryland Center for History and Culture

10/20/2020
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.

Have you tried the new #HermanRabbittNEIPA from 7 Locks Brewing yet?! During our 2020 History Conference this past Janua...
10/15/2020

Have you tried the new #HermanRabbittNEIPA from 7 Locks Brewing yet?! During our 2020 History Conference this past January, attendees voted on names for a new beer from local 7 Locks Brewing, all with ties to Montgomery County history. Herman Rabbitt was the overwhelming winner, and now the beer is here for you to taste! This New England style IPA is named after the somewhat eccentric county resident Herman Rabbitt, a wealthy but frugal farmer with a great distrust in banks who is best known for having buried his fortune in milk cans on his property in Gaithersburg--some of which is still believed to be undiscovered to this day!

Visit 7 Locks Brewing in person to try it out, or visit their website, https://www.7locksbrewing.com/, to order beer for pickup or delivery. Cheers!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #hermanrabbitt #marylandbeer #localbeer #supportlocalbusinesses #collaboration

10/13/2020
The Washington Trolley Story

Join us for “The Washington Trolley Story” to learn about the history of streetcars in the Washington metropolitan area, including the trolley network, the evolution of streetcar technology and engineering, and the social and economic impacts on public life. Plus, you’ll be introduced to the National Capital Trolley Museum, where this history can be experienced firsthand.

10/06/2020
A Day at Seneca Schoolhouse with Historic Medley District

Join us for a journey back to 1880, to experience what elementary education was like in a one-room country schoolhouse. Presenters Julie Shapiro and Knight Kiplinger will virtually guide viewers though the inside of the Seneca Schoolhouse and showcase 19th century school artifacts and images. The Seneca Schoolhouse, built by neighborhood donations in 1865, is Montgomery County’s oldest one-room school, a local public school until 1910. Operated today by Historic Medley District, the Seneca school is a vibrant “living history” experience for children throughout the region.

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

09/29/2020
Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park

The Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park, located at the end of the Connecticut Avenue streetcar line, was marketed as an exclusive destination for the "higher classes" of Washington. This presentation will discuss the development and history of the park, intended to attract prospective buyers for the suburban development, and the documented exclusion of Black Americans to access the park.

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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

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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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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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.