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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.

Virtual Events Around Montgomery County

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

“Should you take a DNA test to discover your ethnic origin?”
with Genealogist Lorraine Minor

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 2 pm

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Recordings of 2 previous sessions

“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.

Download recording

Download worksheet

Save our Seminary provides an example of delightful virtual programming.

Enjoy multiple short “Seminary Stories” at saveourseminary.org

Other gems to check out can be found on the websites of:

Summer Reading Suggestions:

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. MPI is unable to announce a re-opening date at this time. Safety is our prime consideration.

However, myriad opportunities allow you to connect virtually with your favorite nonprofits. Visit montgomerypreservation.org/preservation-and-history-organizations to find convenient links to a wide variety of local, Montgomery County, and Maryland groups.

You will see posts about on-line exhibits, recorded talks, podcasts, and more…

If you have a question or need to connect with an MPI representative, contact us at mpi@montgomerypreservation.org

2019 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards coming soon

MPI 2019 Awards, the movie, will debut in early September 2020. Extraordinary times require creative extraordinary actions. Watch this space to celebrate the best Historic Preservation projects and people of 2019!

Meantime, if you want to recall Awards honorees and programs from previous years, check out montgomerypreservation.org/preservation-awards

And, this summer is a good time to prepare your nomination for a 2020 Historic Preservation Award.

2019 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards Postponed

2019 Awardees

Roslyn farmhouse, in Brinklow – rehabilitation of historic house
Owners Tim & Julie Hussman, architects Miche Booz & Emmett Van Riper, contractor Mika Stenfors

Washington Grove Street Signs – restoration & reconstruction of historic community features
Susan Van Nostrand and Washington Grove Street Sign Volunteers

MICHAEL F. DWYER AWARD
Bob Hines – training & supervising an educated workforce of student & adult volunteers for numerous archaeological projects

Loving Charity Hall, Martinsburg – reconstruction of Beneficial Society building
Warren Historic Site Committee, Inc., contractor Barry Van Riper

3940 Washington Street, Kensington — restoration of historic residence & compatible new construction
Owner Carola Alvarez, architects Miche Booz & Sebastian Foley, contractor William Herrera  

Potter Violins, Takoma Park — preservation & adaptive reuse of historic property
Owners L. Dalton Potter and James Kelly

King Barn Dairy MOOseum Map Committee — Special Achievement in Education: Dairy Farms & Family Histories in Montgomery County
King Barn Dairy MOOseum Map Committee

WAYNE GOLDSTEIN AWARD FOR PRESERVATION ADVOCACY
Julianne Mangin — documentation of, advocacy for preservation of historic Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery

MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S AWARD
Heritage Montgomery Board of Directors – enhancing the Heritage Area & facilitating excellent projects throughout Montgomery County

THE MONTGOMERY PRIZE
Royce Hanson – outstanding leadership to further the aims of historic preservation in Montgomery County

Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

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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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
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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.

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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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