Online and Traveling Exhibits


The Montgomery County Historical Society strives to make our shared history accessible to all county residents through
online and traveling exhibits.


Online Exhibits

C&O Canal in Montgomery County *
For almost two centuries, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal has played an important role in Montgomery County’s economic and social development.  Explore the canal, learn how it works, and what it was like to live and work along the waterway.


The Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad *
In 1873, the first train traveled on newly built railroad tracks through Montgomery County. The coming of the railroad changed Montgomery County’s economy, landscape and demographics. Learn how the Metropolitan Branch changed the face of Montgomery County and about the towns that thrived (and declined) as a result.


The History of African American Education in Montgomery County *
For nearly a century, schools for black students in Montgomery County were denied the benefits provided to their entirely separate, but supposedly “equal,” white counterparts. Even in the face of this adversity, teachers and parents were dedicated to providing the best education possible.  Explore the struggle for equal access to education from the 19th century through desegregation.


Mills in Montgomery County *
Have you ever wondered why so many Montgomery County roads are named for a mill?  Bells Mill Road, Watkins Mill Road, Veirs Mill Road… it was not just a whim on the part of developers.  In the 18th and 19th centuries the mill was an important part of the local economy.  Learn how mills operate and about the important role they played in the community.


Montgomery Connections *
Montgomery Connections is a multi-lingual history education initiative designed to take history out of the museum and into the community.  The goal of Montgomery Connections is to help all county residents connect with the history around them. Learn about historic eras and events through the eyes if people who where there – from the Civil War to the Great Depression.  Explore what it was like to date in the 19th century, be a Chinese immigrant in the late 1800s, or a teacher during segregation.  Come connect with your community – past and present!   


Traveling Exhibits

The starred (*) exhibits listed above are also available as traveling exhibits. Interested in hosting a traveling exhibit at your venue or event?  


All Exhibits (except Montgomery Connections):

SIZE: table top exhibit
LOAN PERIOD: up to 4 weeks including pick-up and drop-off.
COST: $10 plus a $50 security deposit unless otherwise indicated.
CONTACT: To arrange a loan contact us at 301-340-2825 or email


Montgomery Connections Only:

SIZE: series of free standing pull-up banners measuring approximately 3×7 feet; click here for more information and photos.
LOAN PERIOD: up to 4 weeks including pick-up and drop-off; loans can be arranged for all 7 banners or just one
COST: free
CONTACT: To arrange a loan contact Amy Baker, 301-340-2825 or email



This online and traveling exhibit project has been financed in part by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation
Commission Grant Fund which
is administered by the HPC and the Montgomery County Planning Board of the M-NCPPC.

Montgomery Connections was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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