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.

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.Bridget Ware, Petting Zoo Coordinator"The Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry F...
05/29/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.

Bridget Ware, Petting Zoo Coordinator

"The Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival generally signals the beginning of summer to me. I know many folks mark that day with Memorial Day, but not me; for me, it's always the Strawberry Festival (the first weekend every June!). I've been attending the last 13 years since my daughter was a toddler and it just gets better every year! One of my favorite memories is when I came across the 4-H clubs there and had the petting zoo. My daughter had the biggest smile when she got to pet and play with the baby goats that were there; it was hard to take her away! Flash forward, and now we are part of 4-H and coordinate the petting zoo and in full circle moments, get to see many kids enjoy the petting zoo with baby goats and other animals. Last year for the first time, we had a "painted pony" that the kids got to paint and decorate (big thanks to Park Overlook Farm!). All and all, the Strawberry Festival hold such a special place for me and my family that while we will miss the celebratory atmosphere, we will look forward to the day when we can come together, have strawberries and see the smiles on faces of our neighbors!"

Tonight's the night - the annual Membership meeting! https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/event/annual-membership-meeting-2...
05/28/2020
Virtual Annual Membership Meeting | Sandy Spring Museum

Tonight's the night - the annual Membership meeting!

https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/event/annual-membership-meeting-2/

Join fellow museum members for an online meet-up with a special performance by the Cromptones! They will be performing Ashokan Farewell and the Wailin' Jennys' acoustic version of Tom Petty's classic, Wildflowers.

Registration is required. You will receive a link to the meeting via email once registered.

Not a member? Become one today with this special offer! All new memberships will be extended due to COVID-19. https://sandyspringmuseum.salsalabs.org/becomeamember0copy1

Members will receive the link to the meeting via email once registered. Just because we […]

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.Lori Thomas, Strawberry Festival Chair"One of the most rewarding parts of ...
05/28/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.

Lori Thomas, Strawberry Festival Chair

"One of the most rewarding parts of being involved with planning the Strawberry Festival is to see the sheer excitement and happiness on the faces of all who attend. The festival is a wonderful, family-friendly event that involves the community and really spreads a sense of togetherness. And, of course, there's always the delicious strawberries :) "

Do you have a memory to share? Drop it in the comments below!

Please consider giving a gift today https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/strawberry-non-festival/

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory laneThe Strawberry Shortcake tent is one of the biggest attractions of the Stra...
05/27/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane

The Strawberry Shortcake tent is one of the biggest attractions of the Strawberry Festival! What is your go to order?

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - staff pick! Phillip Alexander Downie, Director of Special Events and Fac...
05/26/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - staff pick!

Phillip Alexander Downie, Director of Special Events and Facility Rentals

"One of my favorite memories for the event is always the food trucks. Every year I wait until almost the end of the day or until I begin to hear whispers of selling out, I choose a couple of food truck options and I treat myself as the festival is winding down."

Do you have a favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival? Share it in the comments below!

Wow, You all really love the local berries! The Drive-Thru Strawberry Sale is sold out!
05/26/2020

Wow, You all really love the local berries! The Drive-Thru Strawberry Sale is sold out!

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - the Beer & Wine Garden.The Beer & Wine Garden became a feature of the St...
05/25/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - the Beer & Wine Garden.

The Beer & Wine Garden became a feature of the Strawberry Festival in 2015. Over the years it has featured local libations from Olney Winery, Waredaca Brewing Company, Brookeville Beer Farm, Jailbreak Brewing Company, and Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co.

Do you have a favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival? Share it in the comments below!

Please consider giving a gift today at https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/strawberry-non-festival/

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - the shortcake booth couldn't make it without volunteers!Robert Tucker, K...
05/24/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane - the shortcake booth couldn't make it without volunteers!

Robert Tucker, King of the Cappers

"I have always felt that the festival was a real family event both from the people attending and the volunteers that help out .The area that I have always helped in is the capping room. This is where the topping for the strawberry shortcake is created. I started helping my mom sometime in the 1980’s when the festival was held at the long wood rec center. There was always a great group of cappers that came back year after year. As time has gone by, the faces have changed but the volunteer corps is one of the best parts of being involved (except of course for being in the enviable cool basement!). The volunteer corps is so important that throughout the years my wife and five kids have all been cappers and loved it."

Do you have a favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival? Share it in the comments below!

Please consider giving a gift today at https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/strawberry-non-festival/

Strawberry Non-Festival Fun Fact: In 2019 we sold out of 1,200 quarts of local strawberries!
05/24/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival Fun Fact: In 2019 we sold out of 1,200 quarts of local strawberries!

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane with long-time Community Stage Sponsor Studio of Ballet Arts.Brad Bawek, C...
05/23/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane with long-time Community Stage Sponsor Studio of Ballet Arts.

Brad Bawek, Community Stage Emcee

"Being the engine that runs the Community Stage is a toilsome task that comes with great responsibility, but the rewards are immeasurable. I'll always remember our first year setting up the dance floor behind the plant tables. The floor was wet, uneven and the usual problems of an inaugural run plagued us through most of the morning. I was sweating like a condemned man and running like an old hound when our first group of youngsters hit the stage. And THAT is when the beauty and wonder of what we were trying to accomplish blossomed before my eyes. The light and joy on those dancer's faces were an epiphany, and I saw the pure joyful beauty in what Alison was trying to accomplish with her vision for the Community Stage. That was our first, and only year including adults on the Community Stage. It has since been dedicated to providing a venue for young performers to express themselves in an open, supportive venue where they can share their love of dance, karate and song. It has really become something magical.

One of my favorite memories occurred the first year we moved the Community Stage in front of the main entrance. I had just finished introducing a young female duet when a troop of my band mates from the Olney Big Band came trundling through my tent. They all smiled cordially and kept the intrusion respectfully subdued so as not to interrupt the singers. Suddenly, a band member stopped, plunked his bag of charts on my table and asked in a loud voice, "hey Brad, what's up?" I put a shush finger to my lips and with a broad smile exclaimed "making dreams come true and handing out smiles like candy." And to this day, that is how I describe what we do at the Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival Community Stage.

Finally, I just love the first meeting we have to get the whole thing rolling. Seeing folks, many of whom I haven't seen since our last festival. Most of us fully healed and ready to jump back into the breach with eyes wide open. Plus, checking out the new volunteers, admiring their enthusiasm with knowing smiles. It's just such a great feeling. Reminds me of that song by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers "You Can't Make Old Friends". There's something special about that first get together. It's like coming back home."

Do you have a favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival? Share it in the comments below!

Please consider giving a gift today at https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/strawberry-non-festival/

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.Allison Weiss, Executive Director"My favorite memory of the Strawberry Fes...
05/22/2020

Strawberry Non-Festival trip down memory lane.

Allison Weiss, Executive Director

"My favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival was 2018, the first year we held a two-day festival. The first day was drizzly but doable, but the second day was one of the biggest rainstorms and the worst flooding ever, at least on the Museum grounds. But nearly all the key volunteers still showed up. The Christophers were under their beer garden tent; the Garden Club was manning the plant sale; Sandy Spring Bank employees were at the strawberry shortcake booth. Then there were the musicians. They performed inside the library to a very small but enthusiastic audience who started a spontaneous conga line that traveled throughout the building. As if all of this was not enough chaos, visitors showed up like it wasn't even raining, ate some very soggy chocolate-covered strawberries, and asked why there weren't more activities going on.

It's a great memory that I do not want to relive!"

Do you have a favorite memory of the Strawberry Festival? Share it in the comments below!

Please consider giving a gift today at https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/strawberry-non-festival/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/05/18/historical-documents-transcribe-volunteers/Very cool! Looking for a ne...
05/19/2020
Pandemic escape: Volunteers transcribe Sally Ride’s papers, Rosa Parks’s recipes, Walt Whitman’s poems

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/05/18/historical-documents-transcribe-volunteers/

Very cool!

Looking for a new hobby? You can help transcribe historic documents for SSM! https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/collections/digital-archives/

Museums and research libraries are reporting huge spikes of do-it-yourself historians who want to put their coronavirus quarantines to good use. The Smithsonian and Library of Congress are thrilled.

You've met Lydia, Derek, and Sara from the Digital Archives team... now meet Patricia Castellano, Archives Assistant! Sh...
05/14/2020

You've met Lydia, Derek, and Sara from the Digital Archives team... now meet Patricia Castellano, Archives Assistant! She's back in action with the rest of the team working on the project. Here's what she's been up to during the project hiatus:

"I have been working on completing my Master of Library Science and Information Services degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is my last semester, so the courses involved capstone projects requiring a lot of research and presentations. As of today, I’m done, which is a great feeling.

More importantly, I have been attempting to virtually babysit my 2 ½ year-old granddaughter. She lives in Westchester county, New York and has been trapped inside since this nightmare began. Trying to read to a very energetic little one is challenging, especially when you can’t run after her when she bolts. Like many people, both of her parents have been working virtually and trying to keep Sienna from joining conferences has been difficult.

I’ve also been face-timing with my 1 ½ year-old granddaughter who likes to smile, laugh, run around, and eat peas (really)! Communication at this age is hard, as she is on the verge of stringing her words together, but for now it is more like, “all done,” “no,” and “nana” – when prompted!

I’m looking forward to coming back to the museum and seeing everyone once again."

Learn more about the Archive Digitization project and how you can get involved here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/collections/

05/05/2020
Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Presents - Bees

There's been a lot of buzz around giant hornets attacking honey bees... Have you ever wondered about the honey bee? Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club member and beekeeper, Julie, takes you on a deep dive into the hive!

https://youtu.be/bTe31dw00BA

SSM Garden Club member and beekeeper, Julie, gives a look into the hive of the Honey Bee. Learn about pollination, honey, workers, drones and the queen.

Meet Sara. Sara has been a part time staff member of the Sandy Spring Museum working with exhibits and the archive digit...
05/04/2020

Meet Sara. Sara has been a part time staff member of the Sandy Spring Museum working with exhibits and the archive digitization project over the past three years. We are excited to have her back on the reinstated project! Here's what she's been up to during the hiatus.

"I've been using my time at home to create some new art, like the one I'm holding, which is part of a new series of plaster cast brains I'm developing. I've also been catching up on reading and taking walks when the sun is shining. And doing some remote work for my other position with Prince George's County Parks arts division. I'm excited to get back to the Archives digitization project now too and continue to build the Museum's digital archive presence in this time when technology has become so crucial for connection."

Yesterday, you met Lydia Fraser, the Project Manager for the Archives Digitization Project .Today, we introduce you to A...
04/30/2020

Yesterday, you met Lydia Fraser, the Project Manager for the Archives Digitization Project .

Today, we introduce you to Archives Assistant, Derek Jackson.

"My calendar says that the missus and I are supposed to be in Saint Petersburg, Russia, today..... Instead, we're hunkered down at home. I've had plenty of time to tend to our gardens and landscape at Falling Branches and they have never looked better! Happy Hours spent with the missus on the patio are real nice, but I miss spending time with family, friends and Neighbors, especially getting hugs from the grandkids. Facetime and ZOOM get-togethers just aren't the same...... Re-watched all of Poldark, Downton Abbey, and Star Wars. Next up - Ally McBeal! Looking forward to better days ahead when I can actually work in the SSM Research Library and Archives with my friends, instead of at home. Stay safe everyone!"

Learn more about the Archive Digitization project and how you can get involved here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/exhibits-col…/collections/

With your donations and emergency funding, we are able to bring back some part-time staff! The Archive Digitization proj...
04/29/2020

With your donations and emergency funding, we are able to bring back some part-time staff! The Archive Digitization project is now reinstated after being put on hiatus at the beginning of the shutdown.

We’d like to introduce you to some of the faces behind this project and share what they’ve been up to during this time.

Meet Lydia Fraser, Project Manager.

“During my recent hiatus, when not sewing masks for friends, neighbours, and healthcare workers, I have been getting our garden in shape, baking lots of bread, and helping a very distracted 16-yr old stay on track with distance learning. At this time of physical distancing, my family feels especially fortunate to share a property line with Black Hill Regional Park having Little Seneca Creek and Lake literally in our back yard; together, we have spent many restorative hours over the past weeks kayaking and hiking the many trails behind our house. Despite all these positive distractions however, I have missed our amazing team at Sandy Spring Museum terribly and could not be happier to resume the important work of the Digitization Project.”

Learn more about the Archive Digitization project and how you can get involved here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/collections/

04/27/2020
Henna Mandala

This Mandala video from Charming Henna is mesmerizing!

Give the Mandala a go at home and share your masterpieces with us in the comments below.

https://youtu.be/1uQphtklUWk

#Hennadesign #hennaart #hennamandala #hennatutorial #hennapractice #hennalovers

04/24/2020
NorthWind Fine Arts Poetry Month 2020- Sylvia&Susan

Meet Sylvia, the newest addition to the Writer's Corner.

Sylvia Karman is a Maryland writer who loves to hike, especially in the Adirondack mountains where she, her husband, and their German Shepherd mix return every spring for five months of north woods forest bathing. She has just completed her first novel and is already busy with the next one. Her poems have recently appeared in Delmarva Review and Blueline. Sylvia is a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Adirondack Center for Writers, and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.

Stay tuned to https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/at-home-activities/ for more Writer's Corner updates. The Writer's Corner is brought to you in part by MoCo Underground Reading Series.

https://youtu.be/ZpRgiES0Mtk

Each year, the members of NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery work with a local artist to collaborate on a poem and a piece of fine art that will accompany each othe...

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17901 Bentley Rd
Sandy Spring, MD
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Bus Stop 2001079 and 2001428, Route Z2

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In recent years Sandy Spring Museum has evolved from a traditional history museum into a dynamic, participatory cultural arts community center.

At Sandy Spring Museum, it’s all about the community. Everything we do, every milestone we celebrate, every program and exhibit is here for the community and because of the community.

The museum is a catalyst for community building by allowing opportunities for community-driven creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. We provide the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits that engage, stimulate, and bring people together.

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free webinar now (sorry late notice) Webinar - Slave Dwellings as Seen through a Hollywood Lens Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:30 pm CT https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/6811/webinar-slave-dwellings-as-seen-through-a-hollywood-lens Since Hollywood’s earliest films, rare cinematic depictions of slave dwellings have provided an image of slave habitations for many Americans. Dr. Rose will examine images of slave dwellings from popular culture in film. From Edwin Porter’s 1903 silent film portrayal of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” through director Steve McQueen’s 2013 academy award winning film “12 Years a Slave”, Dr. Rose will consider how slave life dwellings represented on film changed over the century. Recently appointed director/curator at Homewood Museum, Dr. Rose received her doctorate from Louisiana State University. Her dissertation formed the basis of her book, Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites, published by the American Association for State and Local History.
November 29-30, 2018 Grant Management Class Hosted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
I’ve seen some good reviews on this place and will definitely take time to check it out 🤓
Hi, I am writing as a member of the Laytonsville Historic Center. Does your museum have an acquisition sheet when someone wants to donate an item? If so, we would very much appreciate having a copy so that we can create our own form.
Really enjoyed going to the opening of the Uprooted: Art of Refugees today. Wonderful art and great meeting and hearing the stories of the artists. Good food and drink, too! I visited a few artist's studios afterwards and I'll definitely be back again to visit. Thank you!
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Sunday, Jan 28 from 3-5pm: Monthly Bluegrass Jam. Bring your instrument or come and listen!
Great place to have fun and learn.
Came here to take a metalsmithing class and discovered the Sandy Spring Museum while I was there. What a great place and a hidden gem. I had never heard of it before. Can't wait to come back when I have more time to explore!