Heritage Montgomery has released a new brochure titled “Rivers, Roads & Rails: Transportation in Montgomery County.” The large, fold-out brochure documents the extensive history of transportation within the county, including the Potomac River, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, multiple trolley lines, its Rustic Roads and Scenic Byways, and the various historic sites that preserve transportation history.
MPI congratulates the Silver Spring nonprofit MHP for restoring the facade features, which hearken back to the Theatre’s original condition when it opened in 1950. The project’s scope of work included replacement of the iconic Flower neon sign that adorns the top of the theater, relighting of the marquee, restoration of the ticket booth, and other associated repairs.
Want to learn more about this accomplishment and how the restoration will benefit the community? Visit MHP’s website.
Rockville’s Historic District Commission on Jan. 18 voted unanimously that the Art Deco Farmers Bank meets multiple criteria for historic designation. MPI congratulates our member organization Peerless Rockville for shepherding this process and recommending that the HDC move on to consider other Recent Past sites. Find out more at http://www.peerlessrockville.org. View MPI’s letter of support.
The Bethesda Historical Society, a MPI member organization, formed the nonprofit Bethesda Meeting House Foundation to purchase and restore the “church that named Bethesda” for community use. Read more about the sale, a brief history of the property, and how you can help at bethesdahistoricalsociety.org.
“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
In fond memory of Fred Schirrmacher 1941 – 2023
The third annual Wreaths Across America Day took place at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville on Saturday, December 16, 2023. There were 263 registered volunteers to place 491 wreaths on the Veteran Graves. This year’s ceremony was enhanced by the Seneca Valley Navy Junior ROTC Color and Honor Guard.