Sandy Spring Museum

Sandy Spring Museum Sandy Spring Museum is a place where people can develop meaningful connections by exploring community history through visual, literary and performing arts.
Sandy Spring Museum interprets Montgomery County's rural heritage, exploring the community's long tradition of leadership in social justice (anti-slavery and women's rights), technology and agriculture, transportation (C&O Canal, B&O Railroad), commerce, politics, and civic life. Through exhibits, programs, publications, and education, the Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about and learn from a community that, though rural, was never isolated. Supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government, the Arts and Humanities Council.
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We are a place where people can make connections to community history through the cultural arts. We are community-activated cultural arts center. We have events that promote engagement with the community. We have exhibits that feature interaction, unique character or subject, and artists that take a step outside the box. We also have nearly a dozen artists in residence, a historical archive and library on site.

Mission: Sandy Spring Museum supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. We gather community to build a sense of place and belonging.

The Family Holiday Party is this Sunday from 2-5pm! Shop the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show and the Sandy Spring M...
12/06/2019

The Family Holiday Party is this Sunday from 2-5pm! Shop the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show and the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale while you enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, Santa, hands-on crafts and more!

Our elves have been busy making beautiful Greens for the holidays. If you didn't order yours, there will be some for sale at the Museum's Holiday Party on Dec 8th from 2-5 pm.

It's here! Bring new or gently used books to the drop box for the Community Book Drive for Brothers With Books. We are o...
12/02/2019

It's here! Bring new or gently used books to the drop box for the Community Book Drive for Brothers With Books. We are open every day from now until December 31(with the exception of Christmas Day).

The WondeRoom is open today! Join us from 12 - 4 pm for WondeRoom Create Date: Mitten Decorating.
12/01/2019

The WondeRoom is open today! Join us from 12 - 4 pm for WondeRoom Create Date: Mitten Decorating.

It's #smallbusinesssaturday!Shop small and support local today. Swing by the museum to pick up a one-of-a-kind handmade ...
11/30/2019

It's #smallbusinesssaturday!

Shop small and support local today. Swing by the museum to pick up a one-of-a-kind handmade gift crafted by a local artisan. You're sure to find something special!

Today's the day! Join us for the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off!#shoplocal #shopsmall from 1...
11/29/2019

Today's the day! Join us for the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off!

#shoplocal #shopsmall from 10am - 5pm.

Live demonstrations, book signings, and more!
Vito
Valencia Glass
Resident Artists at the Sandy Spring Museum
Alyscia Cunningham Images
The Story House - Bookstore on Wheels

More info here:

Don't forget - starting this Friday (Black Friday) we are open every day through New Year's Eve - except for Christmas D...
11/27/2019

Don't forget - starting this Friday (Black Friday) we are open every day through New Year's Eve - except for Christmas Day.

We hope to see you at the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off! Friday from 10am - 5pm!

Featured guests: Vito, Valencia Glass, Alyscia Cunningham Images, Resident Artists at the Sandy Spring Museum and The Story House - Bookstore on Wheels

Set up for the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off! has begun. Are you ready to shop with us?
11/25/2019

Set up for the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off! has begun. Are you ready to shop with us?

Shopping and a show? Yes, please!Instead of shopping the big box stores and fighting the lines on Black Friday, stop by ...
11/20/2019

Shopping and a show? Yes, please!

Instead of shopping the big box stores and fighting the lines on Black Friday, stop by the museum to shop a large selection of handmade fine arts and crafts, jewelry, bath and body products, books written by local authors, and more!

Along with gorgeous goods, select artists will be doing LIVE demonstrations!
- Glass blowing by Vito and Valencia Glass
- Pottery by Pamela Reid and Robin Ziek
- Enamel by Susana Garten
- Silversmithing by Eun Ju Lee

In addition, Alyscia Cunningham Images will be signing 'I Am More Than My Hair' and her limited edition 'Feminine Transitions: A Photographic Celebration of Natural Beauty'

Feel free to sleep in after all of that holiday turkey, the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Black Friday Kick-Off! opens at 10 am and goes until 5 pm.

"You see, if you hold your lantern low, you only light the path for yourself, but if you hold your lantern high, you wil...
11/19/2019
Meet the Neighbors: Q&A with Julia Tagliere of the MoCo Underground Reading Series

"You see, if you hold your lantern low, you only light the path for yourself, but if you hold your lantern high, you will light the way for others, too."

MoCo Underground Reading Series returns this Thursday at 6:30pm.

Read more about this inspiring program here: https://littlepatuxentreview.org/2019/07/09/meet-the-neighbors-qa-with-julia-tagliere-of-the-moco-underground-reading-series/

Julia Tagliere is a Maryland author and the founder of the MoCo Underground Reading Series. MoCo Underground showcases writers ages 16 and up sharing their original fiction, nonfiction, or poetry a…

The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club is hard at work putting together wreaths, sprays, table arrangements and more (and t...
11/18/2019

The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club is hard at work putting together wreaths, sprays, table arrangements and more (and the smell of fresh greenery is filling the Museum🌲)! It’s not too late to place your order for the annual Holiday Greens Sale. Orders are being accepted through Saturday, November 23rd.

Order here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/holiday-happenings/holiday-greens-sale/

Kindness Rocks are back this Sunday in the WondeRoom! Please be sure to pre-register, so we can account for the number o...
11/15/2019

Kindness Rocks are back this Sunday in the WondeRoom! Please be sure to pre-register, so we can account for the number of young artists that will be participating.

WondeRoom Create Date - Kindness Rocks

It's not too late to donate new & gently used items to the Kids' Only Gift Shop! This is a unique 'store' at our Family ...
11/14/2019

It's not too late to donate new & gently used items to the Kids' Only Gift Shop!

This is a unique 'store' at our Family Holiday Party on December 8 where only children are permitted to shop. Items are all priced at $5 and below, for young shoppers to buy gifts for their loved ones. Gift wrap included!

Donations can be brought to the museum Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions? Call 301-774-0022 or email [email protected].

*Item suggestions - candles, scarves, picture frames, stationary, jewelry, books

A very cool look at the Montgomery County of yesteryear. Take a look at the comments below to see some of the maps that ...
11/07/2019

A very cool look at the Montgomery County of yesteryear. Take a look at the comments below to see some of the maps that are in the Museum's collection.

MoCo was founded in 1776 when Thomas S. Wootton thought of dividing Frederick County into three smaller counties (Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties).

In 1798 an act was passed to divide the county into five election districts and in 1799 commissioners were appointed who marked out the divisions forming the five original districts.

This landowner map, by Martenet and Bond (1865), shows the districts:

Berry
Clarksburg
Cracklin
Medley
Rockville

My house now, near the Rio/Crown area of Gaithersburg, is in “Rockville,” but other parts of what’s now Gaithersburg can be found in the Clarksburg and Cracklin districts.

What district are YOU in???

11/05/2019
Oh the things you find when looking through the archive 😳These ads were found tucked in the office ledger of Dr. Caleb E...
11/01/2019

Oh the things you find when looking through the archive 😳

These ads were found tucked in the office ledger of Dr. Caleb Edward Iddings from the 1890s.

#ThrowbackThursdayOBGC - Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association is celebrating 50 years this year! For many yea...
10/31/2019

#ThrowbackThursday

OBGC - Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association is celebrating 50 years this year! For many years, the organization worked to find a permanent home in the Olney area. 20 years ago today, they broke ground on the OBGC Community Park, located at historic Falling Green.

Did you play on one of the OBGC teams? What is your favorite memory?

They Finished the fight! What an exciting time in history.Have you ever thought about what it's like to be on the sideli...
10/31/2019

They Finished the fight! What an exciting time in history.

Have you ever thought about what it's like to be on the sidelines reporting on an event like this? Hear from wire writer Steve Ginsburg and Photographer Mark Goldman about what it's like to cover the most crucial moments in sports history at History Happy Hour on January 17th.

Details here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/event/history-happy-hour-wire-guys-and-shooters-the-best-of-sports-journalism/

YOUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS ARE 2019 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!

Who's ready to roll into the #weekend?Here's what's going on at SSM:Saturday 10am - 2pmResident Artists at the Sandy Spr...
10/31/2019

Who's ready to roll into the #weekend?

Here's what's going on at SSM:
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Resident Artists at the Sandy Spring Museum Open House

Sunday
12pm - 4pm
WondeRoom Create Date - CreativitY Circus

There's just one month left to check out CreativitY, with a capital WHY? Visit during our open hours to view this exhibit before it closes on 11/24.

New & gently used items needed!We are looking for donations of new or gently used items for the Kids’ Only Gift Shop at ...
10/28/2019

New & gently used items needed!

We are looking for donations of new or gently used items for the Kids’ Only Gift Shop at our annual Family Holiday Party, December 8. This is a unique 'store,' where only children are permitted to shop. Items are all priced at $5 and below, for shoppers to buy gifts for their loved ones. Gift wrap included!

Do you have items you’d like to donate to sell in the Kids’ Only Gift Shop? Bring them by the museum Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions? Call 301-774-0022 or email [email protected].

*Item suggestions - candles, scarves, picture frames, stationary, jewelry, books

This Sunday - Help the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club prepare for their Holiday Greens Sale at the Spooky Workshop.Lear...
10/18/2019

This Sunday - Help the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club prepare for their Holiday Greens Sale at the Spooky Workshop.

Learn how to make different bows and build the foam structures for various holiday greens decorations. This free program runs from 1-3pm.

S A T U R D A YTap into one of the oldest dance and music practices of the Caribbean – Afro-Puerto Rican bomba with Cult...
10/17/2019

S A T U R D A Y

Tap into one of the oldest dance and music practices of the Caribbean – Afro-Puerto Rican bomba with Cultura Plenera. This fun, high energy dance class is sure to get your blood flowing and body moving. Enjoy high and low impact movement as you dance along to the infectious rhythm of live drummers.

Join us in the WondeRoom this Sunday for Scrabble coasters!Activities in the WondeRoom are free. Pre-registration is enc...
10/16/2019

Join us in the WondeRoom this Sunday for Scrabble coasters!

Activities in the WondeRoom are free. Pre-registration is encouraged to prepare for the number of participants.

We are looking forward to celebrating The Women's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center for their 100 years...
10/15/2019

We are looking forward to celebrating The Women's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center for their 100 years of service to the community at Sandy Spring Museum's Maryland Champion Gala this Thursday!

It isn't too late to purchase tickets! Admission includes: complimentary valet parking and coat check, exceptional catering by Putting on the Ritz Catering, live music by Moxie Blues Band and the open bar!

https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/maryland-champion-gala/purchase-gala-tickets/

10/14/2019

This week is full of music and dance!
Tuesday - Ballroom Dance
Wednesday - Swing Dance Classes - Beginner and Swing Dance Classes - Intermediate
Thursday - Sandy Spring Museum's Maryland Champion Gala
Friday - Teen Coffeehouse with Project Change MD
Saturday - Bomba (dance) Workshops

What are you most excited for?

Presenting Greg Mort with the Maryland Champion Award
10/10/2019

Presenting Greg Mort with the Maryland Champion Award

Presenting Greg Mort with the Maryland Champion Award

Eleven spaces left!
10/08/2019

Eleven spaces left!

"John Herbers has always been one of our heroes. As young reporters we looked to him as a model of ferocity and fairness...
10/07/2019

"John Herbers has always been one of our heroes. As young reporters we looked to him as a model of ferocity and fairness, devotion and determination. There was never anything 'fake' about John. He was the real deal, the best of breed, and now, thanks to this marvelous book, a new generation of journalists will get to know him and learn from him, just as we did."
- Cokie Roberts and Steve Roberts

Join us for History Happy Hour on November 15th as Anna Farris Rosen, daughter of John Herbers and co-author of Deep South Dispatch, shares her father's compelling story.

Get creative in the WondeRoom today from noon to 4pm!For this Create Date, young artists will make felt planets to celeb...
10/06/2019

Get creative in the WondeRoom today from noon to 4pm!

For this Create Date, young artists will make felt planets to celebrate the Moon Landing! Activities in the WondeRoom are free.

It is the first Saturday of the month and we are open! Be sure to swing by between 10am and 2pm for the Resident Artists...
10/05/2019

It is the first Saturday of the month and we are open! Be sure to swing by between 10am and 2pm for the Resident Artists at the Sandy Spring Museum Open House. Our eleven Resident Artists will have their studios open for you to visit and see them at work. With mediums ranging from painting, to pottery, to enamel and metalsmithing, you're in for a treat! You may even find that special gift for a loved one... or yourself!

📸: A. Claire Vision Photography

5...4...3...2...1...today's the day!Join us tonight for History Happy Hour: One Giant Leap. Don't forget, there will be ...
10/04/2019

5...4...3...2...1...today's the day!

Join us tonight for History Happy Hour: One Giant Leap. Don't forget, there will be a reception with author Charles Fishman preceding the event at 6pm!

Join us for felt planet making this Sunday from noon to 4 during our Moon Landing Celebration WondeRoom Create Date!Pre-...
10/03/2019

Join us for felt planet making this Sunday from noon to 4 during our Moon Landing Celebration WondeRoom Create Date!

Pre-registration is suggested, so we know how many young artists to prepare for.

#throwbackthursdayIn 1971, the Women’s Board opened a new Gift Shop in the new Montgomery General Hospital. The Gift Sho...
10/03/2019

#throwbackthursday

In 1971, the Women’s Board opened a new Gift Shop in the new Montgomery General Hospital. The Gift Shop has been and continues to be staffed, run, and stocked by Women’s Board volunteers.

Note: This photo is of the original Gift Shop in the Hospital at its current location, not at the original hospital.

Two weeks from today, we recognize The Women's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center with the Maryland Champion Award. Join us to celebrate their 100 years of community service.

It may be hot out today, but the cooler temperatures are finally starting to roll in this weekend! Just in time for the ...
10/02/2019

It may be hot out today, but the cooler temperatures are finally starting to roll in this weekend! Just in time for the Fall Tea Tasting with novicetea!

Pictured: Anna Farquhar, first Women's Board President, 1920Though the wheels were in motion to open Montgomery County (...
10/01/2019

Pictured: Anna Farquhar, first Women's Board President, 1920

Though the wheels were in motion to open Montgomery County (from Maryland Historical Records: In 1962 the directors called in and cancelled the stock, and the hospital became a non-profit organization. At that time the word "County", was dropped from the name.) General Hospital, they were not walk-in ready when the need struck with the flu epidemic in 1920. The Women’s Board pulled together to open the doors to the needs of the community.

From Anna’s notes “We had volunteered to get the building into some semblance of suitability to receive flu patients who were suffering and dying for want of nursing and proper food. The furniture was in the building, crated and packed… bedding was stored, but there was no hospital equipment at all – no hot water bags, no ice caps, no bed pans, no dishes to eat from, no knives, forks or spoons to eat with, no cooking utensils, no food & worst of all, no water in the building… But we sent out into the highways and byways, begged, borrowed and bought the necessities and by the next afternoon there were 5 patients brought in through one of the worst blizzards of that winter… Fortunately the electric lights were ready… and the building had been heated for a month. The plumber got busy and hauled in a bath tub which we kept filled with water brought by buckets, this we could dip from.”

We honor The Women's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center on October 17th at Sandy Spring Museum's Maryland Champion Gala generously sponsored by MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

Address

17901 Bentley Rd
Sandy Spring, MD
20860

Bus Stop 2001079 and 2001428, Route Z2

General information

Admission - FREE

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(301) 774-0022

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