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MPI Spring 2022 Newsletter Coming Soon…

Check back here soon to see the Montgomery Preservation Newsletter!

MPI is Full Steam Ahead for Our First Open House in 2 1/2 Years!

Please join us on Saturday, June 4, 2022, between 10 am and 2 pm for an indoor/outdoor event at the Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.

 Enjoy family favorites:  “BanTrak”, N gauge modular railroaders,  and the “Local Locos,” Live Steamers from WVMGRS with a Garden Railway exhibit set-up

Safety Measures: Montgomery Preservation continues to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and guests, with social distancing and sanitizing and optional masking policies that follow CDC and Montgomery County guidelines. Anyone inside the building must wear a mask in consideration for our youngest and other vulnerable patrons.  Outdoors, masking is optional.

Important note:  if the positivity testing rate for Maryland goes over 10% prior to June 4, MPI will re-schedule the station open house and programs for July 2.

Notification of this change would be announced on the station’s recorded phone line: 301- 495- 4915 and posted on Facebook and our Web page no later than Thursday, June 2. 

Event Rentals:  The station is available to schedule events taking place after June 9, 2022.  Submit your rental request and questions via 

Open House and Historic Silver Spring Station in-person Community Events will continue through 2022 and beyond.  Return here for calendar listings.

MD African American Historic Cemetery Draft Study Report ready for Review

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Maryland Historical Trust, with partners Preservation Maryland and the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites are pleased to share their draft study report on historic African American cemeteries in Maryland! You can read it HERE!

By June 15, 2022, please share your feedback using the form provided (, so that they can include it in the final report draft for the Maryland legislature this summer. Thanks to everyone who has participated in this important project so far!

To learn more about the project, visit: 

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. 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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