Montgomery County History Conference


Save the Date! The 2018 Montgomery County History Conference will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018. More details coming soon.


Since 2007, the Montgomery County History Conference has been engaging museum professionals, volunteers and the general public through dynamic and informative sessions on local history.  Workshops, lectures and discussion panels have covered such diverse topics as the Civil War, volunteer management, 20th century suburban development, artifact and archival collections “best practices,” African American schools, creating a living history persona, historic and prehistoric archaeology, women of Maryland, and the histories of the county’s many small towns, communities and institutions such as Sugarland, Garrett Park, and the Bethesda Women’s Farm Market. 


The 2017 History Conference was held on Saturday, January 28 at Montgomery College’s Bioscience Education Center in Germantown. Attendees from throughout the DC area enjoyed participating in sessions with topics ranging from World War I to archaeology to Latino immigrant experiences.

Couldn’t make the conference or wish you could have attended all the breakout sessions? Thanks to Montgomery College Television, videos of several of the 2017 sessions are now available. Watch them below!


A World War I Soldier’s Story: A Local Hero and His Helmet  by Ed and Nancy Bodmer
Ed and Nancy Bodmer recount Charles “Roszier” Bodmer’s heroic experiences in World War I with his uniform, helmet, letters, and pictures.


Jewish Developers and the Built Environment: A History of Early Jewish Community in Montgomery County (1930-1979) by Clare Lise Kelley
This talk explores the emergence of Jewish community in Montgomery County, with a focus on the built environment. 


Location, Locale, and Belonging in Montgomery County: Latino Perspectives by Maria Sprehn-Malagon, Ph.D.
Using oral histories, photographs, and historical documents this illustrated talk addresses Latino history in an increasingly diverse Montgomery County.


Twenty years of Historic Preservation Work in Montgomery County, 1984-2004: A Reminiscence and Analysis by Richard Striner
This account discusses two decades of preservation activism in Bethesda and Silver Spring, in partnership with various civic allies.


Tsunami – The Election of 1962 by Bill Offutt
This talk discusses shock waves resulting from the local election in 1962. Master plans were shredded, thousands of acres were rezoned and whole communities were deeply and permanently changed.


Feast Your Ears: The Story of WHFS 102.3 FM by Jay Schlossberg, Weasel, Marc Elrich, Mark Segraves, and John Kelly
Join former WHFS deejay Weasel, WRC news correspondent Mark Segraves, Montgomery County Councilman-At-Large Marc Elrich and film director Jay Schlossberg as they discuss Jay’s feature documentary film, “Feast Your Ears: The Story of WHFS 102.3 FM”. This panel, moderated by Washington Post journalist John Kelly, shares the history of this one of a kind radio station that used to be “High Atop The Triangle Towers” in Bethesda. 


Want to see more? Watch videos from the 2016 History Conference.


All videos produced by Montgomery College Television


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the History Conference:


mc      Kiplinger Foundation   mocoarts-humanities



Questions? Contact Program Manager Amy Baker at