Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies


The Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies of Montgomery History preserves Montgomery County’s suburban history, brings a scholarly focus to its study, provides access to primary and secondary sources, and sponsors activities to interpret and communicate this history to residents and scholars.


To learn more about the Center for Suburban Studies, visit our resources:



“The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County”

“The Suburbanization of Montgomery County, 1950-1960”

This online resource has been funded 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.