Business & Commercial History of Montgomery County

 

Request one of the following Speakers Bureau topics through our online form!

Questions? Contact Matthew Gagle or call 301-340-2825. 

 

 

 

The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County *NEW*

Speaker: Robert Bachman

The 1950’s housing boom almost doubled the number of single-family homes in Montgomery County in one decade. This presentation will focus on the national-level & county-level factors that fueled the housing boom, the federal programs that helped builders & buyers, where the new homes were built in the county, the styles of these new homes, the developers who built them, the architects who designed them, and the role of the National-Capital Park & Planning Commission and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in preparing the infrastructure and establishing the procedures to respond to the rapid population growth and housing boom of the 1950’s.

 

 

 

The History of Reed Brothers Dodge, 1915-2012 *NEW*

Speaker: Jeanne Gartner

Reed Brothers Dodge was one of the longest running automobile dealerships in Montgomery County history, operating from two locations in Rockville for 97 years. This PowerPoint presentation features historical photographs taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed, and highlights how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business.

 

 

BOOM!: How Montgomery County Developed in the 1950s

Speaker: Bob Bachman

A lecture and PowerPoint presentation summarizing the rapid development of lower Montgomery County in the 1950s as a suburb of Washington, DC.  The focus is on demographics, housing & subdivisions, shopping centers, schools, parks & recreation, & libraries.  This program was offered at the 2018 Montgomery County History Conference. 

 

 

 

 

Marriotts and Motor Cars:  Made for Each Other 

Speaker: Katie Dishman

A lecture and PowerPoint presentation focusing on a now a well-known hotel company, Marriott International, which actually started as an A&W Root Beer stand in Washington, D.C. in 1927.  Marriott’s corporate archivist will explore the history of the company and its integral connection with cars. Not only did the stands, named Hot Shoppes, expand because of their drive-ins, but the lodging business began as motor hotels at the advent of the Interstate Highway System.  Highlights from the history of the company and its growth, including its move to Bethesda in 1955, will be featured. 

 

 

The Ballad of Chevy Chase and How County Property Has Evolved Through the Years
Speaker: Donna Evers

A glimpse of how Montgomery County’s housing communities have evolved into the highly sought after neighborhoods they are today, with special attention to the ballad of Chevy Chase. This story details an ambitious plan to develop high-end real estate in the middle of nowhere; transforming a treeless pasture into the coveted suburb at the gateway to the nation’s capital. The program features photographs depicting the progression of housing stock over the years, to the homes that please the eye today. It lasts approximately 30 minutes.

 

Mining in Montgomery County
Speaker: Jeff Nagy

 

The Fountain Company: Colonial Copper Mining in Montgomery County
Speaker: Jeff Nagy

 

Mills in Montgomery County

Speaker: Don Housley

This PowerPoint presentation focuses on the rise and fall of the milling industry in Montgomery County. The talk describes the nature and diversity of milling operations on the major stream valleys in the County, along with some archaeology done on selected mill sites.