Montgomery History

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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WE’RE HIRING! Are you an excellent writer with experience in small nonprofit development? Then apply to work with our am...
09/10/2021

WE’RE HIRING! Are you an excellent writer with experience in small nonprofit development? Then apply to work with our amazing team! We have an open Communications and Development Manager position and are looking for someone outstanding who can write for a variety of audiences to help us grow.

Are you the right fit? Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/jobs/ to see the job description or send any questions to [email protected].

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WE’RE HIRING! Are you an excellent writer with experience in small nonprofit development? Then apply to work with our amazing team! We have an open Communications and Development Manager position and are looking for someone outstanding who can write for a variety of audiences to help us grow.

Are you the right fit? Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/jobs/ to see the job description or send any questions to [email protected].

#jobopportunity #nonprofitjobs

09/07/2021
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.

08/22/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Stonestreet Museum will be closed today August 22nd.

08/11/2021
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.

08/03/2021
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.

#ThrowbackThursday to a mere 24 hours ago, when Montgomery History staff (with help from friends at Maryland State Archi...
07/29/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to a mere 24 hours ago, when Montgomery History staff (with help from friends at Maryland State Archives) descended on a warehouse in Sterling, VA to pickup the first batch of Montgomery County Gazette newspapers that will soon be digitized.

As you can see, we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty in the name of history. Go team!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #fieldtrip #montgomerycountygazette

07/26/2021
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.

Montgomery County is a great location for summer fun! A short trip away from the beach, mountains, forest, or lakes, the...
07/22/2021

Montgomery County is a great location for summer fun! A short trip away from the beach, mountains, forest, or lakes, there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

The same was true at the turn of the century. This #throwbackthursday enjoy some vintage photos from the early 1900s of Montgomery Countians enjoying the great outdoors! Would you rock those bathing suits on your next beach day?

Photos: Lewis Reed, courtesy of Jeanne Gartner, Reed Brothers Dodge History 1915-2012

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #throwbackthursday #tbt #summerfun

There are just a few tickets left for the guided tour of Button Farm this Saturday, July 17! Beat the summer heat and jo...
07/14/2021

There are just a few tickets left for the guided tour of Button Farm this Saturday, July 17!

Beat the summer heat and join Montgomery History and the Button Farm Living History Center this Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for an exciting behind-the-scenes tour, led by historian Tony Cohen. Discover how Button Farm's immersive experience lets visitors become active participations and gain a deeper understanding of slavery and plantation life in the 19th century.

Secure your spot now and find more information by visiting tinyurl.com/button-farm.

P.S. The concept for the immersive experience was originally created by Tony Cohen in 1997 for a renowned celebrity and actress in preparation for a film role. You may find out who during the tour!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #livinghistory

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There are just a few tickets left for the guided tour of Button Farm this Saturday, July 17!

Beat the summer heat and join Montgomery History and the Button Farm Living History Center this Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for an exciting behind-the-scenes tour, led by historian Tony Cohen. Discover how Button Farm's immersive experience lets visitors become active participations and gain a deeper understanding of slavery and plantation life in the 19th century.

Secure your spot now and find more information by visiting tinyurl.com/button-farm.

P.S. The concept for the immersive experience was originally created by Tony Cohen in 1997 for a renowned celebrity and actress in preparation for a film role. You may find out who during the tour!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #livinghistory

Montgomery County, MD Tourism The Menare Foundation Button Farm Living History Center Heritage Montgomery

Looking for a family-friendly activity for the holiday weekend? The Stonestreet Museum will be operating normal hours, f...
07/02/2021

Looking for a family-friendly activity for the holiday weekend? The Stonestreet Museum will be operating normal hours, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 3! Stop by to get a firsthand look at 19th century medical practices.

**The museum will be CLOSED Sunday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.**

More info at https://montgomeryhistory.org/stonestreet-museum-of-19th-century-medicine/.

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #4thofjuly

Can you imagine having decades of local journalism at your fingertips with the click of a button?TOMORROW, June 30, is t...
06/29/2021

Can you imagine having decades of local journalism at your fingertips with the click of a button?

TOMORROW, June 30, is the last day to donate to Montgomery History’s New Life for Old News campaign! Join existing supporters and make a gift on or before this Wednesday to enable the digitization of two of the county’s most important local history sources: the Montgomery County Gazette and the Montgomery County Sentinel. Your donations help to get these papers out of storage and made public publicly accessible in a digital format, so that anyone can learn more about Montgomery County’s past.

Find out more and make a gift at https://montgomeryhistory.org/new-life-for-old-news/.

Can you imagine having decades of local journalism at your fingertips with the click of a button?

TOMORROW, June 30, is the last day to donate to Montgomery History’s New Life for Old News campaign! Join existing supporters and make a gift on or before this Wednesday to enable the digitization of two of the county’s most important local history sources: the Montgomery County Gazette and the Montgomery County Sentinel. Your donations help to get these papers out of storage and made public publicly accessible in a digital format, so that anyone can learn more about Montgomery County’s past.

Find out more and make a gift at https://montgomeryhistory.org/new-life-for-old-news/.

06/22/2021
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.

June 19—Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States—is now a federal holiday! Celebrate in ...
06/19/2021

June 19—Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States—is now a federal holiday! Celebrate in Montgomery County with the county's official celebration hosted at BlackRock Center for the Arts, starting 10 am today. Check out the educational activities, food, dancing, and fun!

Plus other history friends around the county like Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. and the Sandy Spring Slave Museum are hosting celebrations of their own. Visit their websites for more info.

Beyond the celebrations, you can learn more about slavery and its lasting effects in Montgomery County by visiting MontgomeryHistory.org for resources or by contacting us at [email protected].

#juneteenth2021 #juneteenth #blackhistory

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June 19—Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States—is now a federal holiday! Celebrate in Montgomery County with the county's official celebration hosted at BlackRock Center for the Arts, starting 10 am today. Check out the educational activities, food, dancing, and fun!

Plus other history friends around the county like Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. and the Sandy Spring Slave Museum are hosting celebrations of their own. Visit their websites for more info.

Beyond the celebrations, you can learn more about slavery and its lasting effects in Montgomery County by visiting MontgomeryHistory.org for resources or by contacting us at [email protected].

#juneteenth2021 #juneteenth #blackhistory

Montgomery County Government Heritage Montgomery Maryland Center for History and Culture Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce City of Gaithersburg Government Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project

Celebrity sighting alert: Jayne Mansfield makes a visit to Rockville!  This image from the Montgomery County Gazette sho...
06/18/2021

Celebrity sighting alert: Jayne Mansfield makes a visit to Rockville!

This image from the Montgomery County Gazette shows legendary actress Jayne Mansfield posing with two lucky employees from Rockville Ford. Can you guess what year this was taken? Leave your answer below!

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Montgomery History's New Life for Old News campaign to digitize the Gazette and Sentinel—two of the most critical sources for local county news in the 20th century, covering everything from human interest to politics—is almost over! Help preserve these vital resources by visiting MontgomeryHistory.org/new-life-for-old-news and making a gift today.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #digitization

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Celebrity sighting alert: Jayne Mansfield makes a visit to Rockville!

This image from the Montgomery County Gazette shows legendary actress Jayne Mansfield posing with two lucky employees from Rockville Ford. Can you guess what year this was taken? Leave your answer below!

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Montgomery History's New Life for Old News campaign to digitize the Gazette and Sentinel—two of the most critical sources for local county news in the 20th century, covering everything from human interest to politics—is almost over! Help preserve these vital resources by visiting MontgomeryHistory.org/new-life-for-old-news and making a gift today.

#localhistory #montgomerycountymd #digitization

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06/17/2021
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.​

Love this National History Day button! Good luck to all the Montgomery County and Maryland students competing in the vir...
06/16/2021

Love this National History Day button!

Good luck to all the Montgomery County and Maryland students competing in the virtual #NationalHistoryDay competition this week. You can cheer them on at the virtual ceremony this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET: https://www.nhd.org/virtual2021awards

#NHD2021 Maryland Humanities Heritage Montgomery

NHD Virtual Button Hunt: Maryland History Day is an affiliate of National History Day and a year-long educational program of Maryland Humanities More than 25,000 middle and high school students create original projects that explore a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. Professional development for teachers is offered through online courses and platforms, summer teacher institutes, workshops, and classroom outreach. Maryland Humanities, who produces Maryland History Day, creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit https://buff.ly/36wm7ow.

#NHD2021 #NationalHistoryDay #CommunicationInHistory #MustSeeNHD #NHDVirtualButtonHunt

06/13/2021

**The Stonestreet Museum will be CLOSED today, Sunday, June 13.**

Remember the heyday of Lakeforest Mall? This news clipping from the Montgomery County Gazette recounts the opening of Se...
06/01/2021

Remember the heyday of Lakeforest Mall?

This news clipping from the Montgomery County Gazette recounts the opening of Sears at Lakeforest. Many Montgomery Countians have memories of shopping there, but can you correctly guess which year the article is from? Leave your answer below (no Googling allowed)!

The Gazette, published between 1959 and 2015,​ was and is an incredible source of local news—that's why we've launched our New Life for Old News campaign to digitize the copies in our collection. But we need YOUR help!

Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/new-life-for-old-news/ to find out more about why this part of the historical record needs to be preserved digitally right away. You can help by making a gift! Visit MontgomeryHistory.org and click on the "DONATE NOW" button at the top of the page.

We'll be posting different photos each week, so stay tuned!

#newlifeforoldnews #localhistory #montgomerycountymd #lakeforestmall #gaithersburgmd

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Remember the heyday of Lakeforest Mall?

This news clipping from the Montgomery County Gazette recounts the opening of Sears at Lakeforest. Many Montgomery Countians have memories of shopping there, but can you correctly guess which year the article is from? Leave your answer below (no Googling allowed)!

The Gazette, published between 1959 and 2015,​ was and is an incredible source of local news—that's why we've launched our New Life for Old News campaign to digitize the copies in our collection. But we need YOUR help!

Visit https://montgomeryhistory.org/new-life-for-old-news/ to find out more about why this part of the historical record needs to be preserved digitally right away. You can help by making a gift! Visit MontgomeryHistory.org and click on the "DONATE NOW" button at the top of the page.

We'll be posting different photos each week, so stay tuned!

#newlifeforoldnews #localhistory #montgomerycountymd #lakeforestmall #gaithersburgmd

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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 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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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Hi! I am a Digital Conversion Technician at the Library of Congress. I wanted to let you know that I am helping the Library of Congress get the Blair Family Papers digitized, including Francis Preston Blair, who discovered a spring with silvery chips of mica 🙂 and built his Silver Spring mansion, Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General under Abraham Lincoln and others. The papers should be online in August.
I am a relative of the Stonestreet's of Rockville. My father, God Bless him, was Treadwell Stonestreet Bailey of Gaithersburg. Thank you for Honoring the Stonestreet family and preserving their History. Sincerely, Christine (Bailey) Helaine Mann of Mimbres, New Mexico
For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my family read about the life of Black Americans in Maryland from 1634-1868. Feel free to use it as a teaching tool.
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]