Preserving, protecting, and promoting Montgomery County’s rich architectural heritage and historic landscapes.
Events Around Montgomery County
FREE Event Jenny Masur, former NPS Network to Freedom coordinator enhances Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape, and Rockville’s Underground Railroad exhibit. Historic Red Brick Courthouse www.peerlessrockville.orgFebruary 23 @ 1:00 pm
For more information visit www.montgomeryhistory.orgFebruary 29
FREE Event Artist Marty Ittner tells stories behind Women in White window display. www.historictakoma.org or call 240-393-6060February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Book talk by University of Maryland Assistant Professor Richard Bell Stolen: The story of five free African Americans kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD Co-sponsors FOL and Peerless Rockville.February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FREE! All On Board! All Ages! 11 am–noon Story Hour with Montgomery Co. Agricultural History Farm Park director Lisa Berray and her “chicken” friend Sharing a story and activity featuring special farm animal friends. Plus… Real Train Spotting, Toy Train…March 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
“How to Get Started in Researching Your Family” Tracing Your Family Tree Series with Genealogist Lorraine Minor of the Montgomery County Genealogy Club All Preservationists have a beginning, whether baking your grandma’s treasured cookie recipe or trying to figure out…March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join Montgomery Preservation to celebrate nine people and projects at historic Grace Methodist Church, 119 North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FREE Tony Cohen of Menare Foundation enhances Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape, and Rockville’s Underground Railroad exhibit. www.peerlessrockville.orgMarch 20 @ 2:00 pm
FREE! All On Board! All Ages! Washington, Virginia Model Garden Railway Society from 10 am – 2 pm WVMGRS: Washington, Virginia Model Garden Railway Society, G-scale modular display. At the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, of course! Plus… Real Train…April 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
SPRING 2020 Adult Series at the B&O Station-Using Family Stories with Genealogical Methods to Plant your Family Tree
“Using Family Stories with Genealogical Methods to Plant your Family Tree” Julianne Mangin, writer, researcher, former librarian, discusses her mother’s French-Canadian ancestors, where fact-checking upended stories she had heard all her life. At the Silver Spring B&O Station from 2-2:45 ...April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 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
During winter/snow events MPI will follow the MCPS weekend guidelines for recreation and recreation class closures.
Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Grace United Methodist Church
The 2019 Awards will include the first Michael F. Dwyer Award. In keeping with Mike’s passions for archaeology, historic resources, and sharing knowledge with young people about local history, this award is dedicated to his high standards and many accomplishments. M-NCPPC’s first historian passed away in May 2019.
Please R.S.V.P. to awards@MontgomeryPreservation.org
Co-hosted by Montgomery Preservation and Grace United Methodist Church
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.
- March 7 @ 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!