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Virtual Events around MoCo

Gems, programs, and information can be found on great websites of local and State-wide nonprofit organizations.

MPI “Open House” – Creating Your Family Tree workshop series – Virtual Programs

“Family Myth Busting”

with genealogical methods to work out your family tree with Writer, researcher Julianne Mangin, presented May 28, 2020.

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“Beginning Census Research: An introduction to the U.S. Census Records & Indexing System”

Discover what information is available in the U.S. Census, how to access census data and utilize that data in furthering family history research. Presented by Genealogist Lorraine Dutcher Minor, June 10, 2020.

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“Should you take a DNA test to discover your ethnic origin?”

with Genealogist Lorraine Minor presented July 8, 2020.

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Email us!

We’re missing our friends great and small.

Please email us with your favorite moment, photo or drawing of your family at the B&O station.

We will share on our web and Facebook pages. Hope to see you all soon!

2019 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation – Debut of The Movie


You are invited to join MPI in celebrating the best Historic Preservation projects and people of 2019! Print out the program for this event (originally scheduled in person for March 14), set out some chips and dip, cheese and crackers, and pour yourself a drink to watch the movie.

Montgomery-Preservation-Awards-2020-Program Link

MPI appreciates the ingenuity, hard work, and dedication of the 2019 awardees, presenters, videographers, co-producers/directors Sandy Heiler and Kathie Mack, production assistant John Sery, and narrator Steve LaRocque. Other volunteers without whom this 32nd annual program could not have happened are listed in the written program. Extraordinary times require extraordinarily creative action.

Congratulations to all concerned!!!

To re-visit previous Awards honorees and programs, check out

Nominations Now Open for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards

Autumn is a good time to prepare your nomination for a 2020 Historic Preservation Award.

Nominations are due on November 30.

MPI temporarily halts programs and activities at the B&O Station

The historic Silver Spring B&O Station remains temporarily closed, in support of our nation-wide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All public visits, programs, rentals, open houses, and events are postponed until further notice. Safety is our prime consideration. Watch this page for announcement of a re-opening date as soon as this is possible.

Meanwhile, many of your favorite history nonprofits are presenting virtual programs and posting a wide variety of on-line exhibits, talks, podcasts, and more. Visit to find convenient links to a wide variety of local, Montgomery County, and Maryland groups.

If you have a question or need to connect with an MPI representative, contact us at

A Statement from Montgomery Preservation, June 2020

Black Lives Matter, Black People and Historic Places Matter

Montgomery Preservation is committed to promoting and protecting historic places in Montgomery County — preserving old and modern landmarks as well as the landscapes that are important to everyone who lives, works, and plays here. The experience of African Americans here, free and enslaved, is the history of Montgomery County. Preserving the evidence of that history leads to concern about historic schools and churches, homes and stores, burial sites and social halls. MPI stands in solidarity with the black communities that have survived slavery, Jim Crow restrictions, and dislocation of traditional settlements.

MPI unites with colleagues everywhere to declare that Black History and Black Lives Matter.

As current incidents connect the past to the present, MPI pledges to continue to highlight the contributions that all persons of every color and faith have made, and to support, promote, document, advocate for, and celebrate the people and places that represent our past.

Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

Open House program

Open House Program

MPI Open House programs at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad station the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 3 pm.

This is a drop-in program for families. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Due to the COVID pandemic, no upcoming events are currently available.


Silver Spring B&O Station

The historic train station is a beloved historic landmark and a community resource. After a disastrous car accident that severely damaged the station’s main facade in 1997, MPI rescued the station and, with assistance from private and public sources, restored it to its 1945 appearance. Today this museum of 20th century rail history regularly welcomes visitors, meetings, celebrations, and the general public.

The station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is protected by an easement held by the Maryland Historical Trust. Visit the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station tab for more detailed information about station history, open houses, and rentals.


Getting Started?

New to historic preservation or to how it works in Montgomery County? Visiting and learning about Montgomery County’s bountiful historic sites is a great way to start. Getting involved with any of the groups that share your interest in local historic places is the next step. Do you prefer Victorian homes, African American history, former schoolhouses, public buildings, Modernist architecture, rural cemeteries, or transportation history? Montgomery County has them all!

You can sample local history at Montgomery County Heritage Days, this year on June 23 and 24. Check out individual groups and historic sites on the RESOURCES section of this website. And please return here to follow the (future) link to help you get started in Historic Preservation in Montgomery County!

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