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Preserving, protecting, and promoting Montgomery County’s rich architectural heritage and historic landscapes.

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News and Events around Montgomery County

  • History Happy Hour: The Patuxent River

    Sandy Spring Museum is proud to present their long-running History Happy Hour speakers series. The guest speaker is Dr. Ralph Eshelman, a specialist in maritime history, War of 1812, polar…

    March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Be a Judge for History Day

    Volunteer to evaluate Montgomery County student projects – research, exhibits, performance, websites, and more.  In-person event is an “upper” for all participants!  The event is at A. Mario Loiederman Middle…

    March 9 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • The Beauty of the Ag Reserve : Historic Medley’s Photography Exhibition

    The Historic Medley District, a MPI member organization, invites you to attend the opening of their photography contest and exhibition at Poolesville’s Old Town Hall/Bank building. The exhibit features more…

    March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Kensington’s Warner Circle: Past, Present & Future

    Kensington Historical Society, a MPI member organization, will share the history of Warner Circle, the Mansion & Carriage House, park preservation efforts & Mansion development plans.

    March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Hippity-Hop Trolley!

    Celebrate the return of spring with a special family weekend at the National Capital Trolley Museum. Visit with a big Bunny on your street car ride, take a photo, then…

    March 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Hippity-Hop Trolley!

    Celebrate the return of spring with a special family Sunday at the National Capital Trolley Museum. Visit with a big Bunny on your street car ride, take a photo, then…

    March 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

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In Memoriam: Fred Schirrmacher, Builder of Model Railroad Display

Fred Schirmmacher
Credit: Leah L. Jones, Gazette Photographer

“Mr. Fred [Schirrmacher] says, ‘It’s designed to make children smile; that’s what it’s for.’ A model railroad display constructed by the former Silver Spring Model Railroad Society made its grand debut returning in 2011 to its hometown roughly 20 years after its creation. Display features miniature people, tunnels, bridges, mountains, a haunted house, and tiny trains that chug around the clover-loop track. Model was built originally for a 1989 holiday showcase at National Geographic’s Exhibitors’ Hall, then resided at the Gaithersburg Community Museum for 17 years, then headed on to our SS B&O RR Station!”
Article by Jeannete Der Bedrosian, Gazette Staff Reporter, March 2011

Fred Schirmmacher at the B&O Station
Credit: John Sery

In fond memory of Fred Schirrmacher 1941 – 2023

Read his obituary.

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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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