Preserving, protecting, and promoting Montgomery County’s rich architectural heritage and historic landscapes.
Events Around Montgomery County
FREE! All On Board! All Ages! Jason Mullinax Instrumental Zoo Plus… Real Train Spotting, Toy Train Play Set, Permanent Model Train Display, Kid’s Toy Engine to Ride, Videos, including “Next Stop Silver Spring,” Gift Shop, Refreshments. View glowing B&O R.R. Drumhead Medallion!&hell...February 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
“How to Get Started in Researching Your Family” Tracing Your Family Tree Series with Genealogist Lorraine Minor All Preservationists have a beginning, whether baking your grandma’s treasured cookie recipe or trying to figure out how Aunt Gladys fits into the…March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FREE! All On Board! All Ages! Washington, Virginia Model Garden Railway Society Shareing G-scale, live steam locomotive powered trains. Plus… Real Train Spotting, Toy Train Play Set, Permanent Model Train Display, Kid’s Toy Engine to Ride, Videos, including “Next Stop Silver…April 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
SPRING 2020 Adult Series at the B&O Station-Beginning Census Research: An Introduction to the U.S. Census Records & Indexing System
“Beginning Census Research: An Introduction to the U.S. Census Records & Indexing System” Tracing Your Family Tree Series with Genealogist Lorraine Minor All Preservationists have a beginning, whether baking your grandma’s treasured cookie recipe or trying to figure out how…May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SPRING 2020 Adult Series at the B&O Station-Should you take a DNA test to discover your ethnic origin
“Should you take a DNA test to discover your ethnic origin” Tracing Your Family Tree Series with Genealogist Lorraine Minor All Preservationists have a beginning, whether baking your grandma’s treasured cookie recipe or trying to figure out how Aunt Gladys…June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
What good news do you want to celebrate?? Restoration of a historic house or business place? Responsible stewardship? New design and construction that respects the old? Rescue of a burial site? A suburban garden or rural landscape? A group that has made a difference in your community? Neighborhood improvements? An educational program or project? A museum mission and programs?
Nominations can be made by neighbors, friends, and those associated with the good news.
MPI can help you weave your admiration into a nomination form. Contact Eileen at 301-468-7331 or email email@example.com
Nominations are due NOW.
Click Here for the Nomination Form
The 32nd annual MPI awards event will be held in March 2020.
Montgomery County mourns the passing of Mike Dwyer, former Montgomery Parks Historian, on Sunday, May 5. Mike was M-NCPPC’s first historian, with the enviable task of driving a Jeep around to survey sites 1975-76 that became the Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1979, he championed creation of the Ordinance, Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and the HPC, which are the foundations of our program to preserve local historic resources. Mike cared about Park properties, archaeology, mills, non-profit and public preservation projects, always insisting on high standards of documentation and conservation as well as practical uses for historic structures. MPI honored him with The Montgomery Prize in 2000 for his lifetime of work, and he continued to serve as a storehouse of knowledge that he willingly shared. Mike’s observations, dry wit, deadpan humor, tireless energy, and willingness to mentor all of us will be sorely missed.
Historic Preservation in Montgomery County
Upcoming Open Houses
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.
- February 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- April 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.
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!