Montgomery County History Conference


Since 2007, the Montgomery County History Conference has been a venue for people of all ages and backgrounds—civic leaders, students, museum professionals and volunteers, history buffs, genealogists, and the general public—to explore and celebrate the many facets of our past that shape our community to this day. Hosted annually by Montgomery History, this day-long gathering includes workshops, presentations, and panel discussions covering a wide range of topics within the realm of local history.


The 2018 History Conference will be held on Saturday, January 27 at the Bioscience Education Center on Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.

Silver Spring Metro Station circa 1972


This year’s conference will open with a history of Metro and the Red Line’s development in the county. It will be followed by breakout sessions featuring such varied topics as Thurgood Marshall’s early civil rights victory in Montgomery County, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, free African American communities’ involvement in the Underground Railroad, the role of local leaders in launching the American Revolution in 1774, and an overview of local development during the explosive 1950s. An oral history training session for beginners and a panel discussion on Muslim experiences in the County will also be offered. For the first time, Montgomery College students will present on postwar immigration in Montgomery County. The closing session will feature world-renowned Smithsonian anthropologist Doug Owsley and his forensic excavation of the Chesapeake.
See the 
History Conference brochure for a complete list of sessions and schedule of events.
New this year! Read Session Descriptions before making your morning and afternoon selections.


Registration is now open. Register Now to reserve your spot for this interesting and thought-provoking day.


Please contact Maria Strohmayer at with any questions.


Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the History Conference:


mc        moco   arts-humanities  


Kiplinger Foundation


View sessions from the 2017 and 2016 History Conference or a few highlights 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.


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. 



History Conference 2016 Recap by MC Today


All videos produced by Montgomery College Television.