Preserving, protecting, and promoting Montgomery County’s rich architectural heritage and historic landscapes.
MPI looks forward to holding in-person programs and welcoming the public to the B&O Station in the not-too-distant future. However, the safety and comfort of our visitors and volunteers remains paramount, so we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on Montgomery County. MPI volunteers are available to answer questions and connect with you via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved with Re-Imagining MPI
After three decades, MPI is moving to streamline the organization in order to more effectively meet our goals. We will re-imagine programs and outreach, and diversify the Board and team of volunteers to reflect a variety of backgrounds and skill sets. We invite you to help guide the future of preservation in Montgomery County by volunteering to join one of our committees or to serve on the Board of Directors. MPI thanks Heritage Montgomery, the Maryland Heritage Fund (Preservation Maryland & Maryland Historical Trust), and Team Results USA for assistance with this initiative.
Email email@example.com to ask questions and express your interest.
Request for National Register of Historic Places listings
MPI is creating a list of National Register of Historic Places sites in Montgomery County along the MARC Brunswick line and along I-495 and I-270. The goal is to determine the potential damage that could result from adding a third track to the North or East side of the MARC Brunswick Line or by widening I-495 and I-270 to add “managed lanes.”
Click titles to learn more about each event.
Peerless Rockville, for Frieda’s Cottage designation as National Historic Landmark (read more)
Haiti Cemetery Association, for Maryland Historical Trust Award (read more)
Bethesda, for reaching the age of 150. Visit www.bethesdahistoricalsociety.org to learn how Bethesda is celebrating all year long.
The Quince Orchard Community, Green family, and Fairhaven UMC congregation for the documentary film “Too Precious to Lose”. See link.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
We will share on our web and Facebook pages. Hope to see you all soon!
33rd Annual Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation
Nine Montgomery County individuals and groups are honored recipients of 2020 Historic Preservation Awards this spring. Each recipient restored or rehabilitated a building or otherwise advanced local history and historic places. The annual event, sponsored by Montgomery Preservation (MPI), showcases outstanding achievements in the private, non-profit, and public sectors in Montgomery County. For the second year during the pandemic, the awards have been captured in a creative movie posted on YouTube.
Awards were presented by County Councilmembers, State legislators, the County Executive, and other public officials. Extraordinary citizens from all corners of the County were honored by their peers for restoration and adaptive re-use projects, stewardship and educational programs, and advocacy that led to preservation success.
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 montgomerypreservation.org/preservation-and-history-organizations 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 email@example.com
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
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.
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. 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!