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Dear friends and colleagues,

Due to the developing situation involving Coronavirus (COVID-19), Montgomery Preservation has postponed the 2019 Montgomery County Historic Preservation Awards ceremony until further notice to help contain the spread of the virus. As soon as a new date is selected, we will let you know and also post it on

Likely it will be rescheduled for a Saturday afternoon in May at historic Grace Church in Gaithersburg.

We hope you will celebrate with us then, and in the meantime stay safe and healthy.

Montgomery Preservation, Inc.

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

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

Julianne Mangin — documentation of, advocacy for preservation of historic Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery

Heritage Montgomery Board of Directors – enhancing the Heritage Area & facilitating excellent projects throughout Montgomery County

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

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2019 MPI recognition 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.

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.


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, 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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