History Conversations
Enjoy our History Conversations, a program featuring weekly virtual lectures from our talented corps of speakers covering a wide variety of local history topics. Each lecture is live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook and then posted here for a week (below).

Upcoming Lectures:

“Painting Style of the Dentzel Carousel Company and Restoration Techniques”
with Rosa Patton
Wednesday, August 11 @ 7:30pm

Don’t miss the fourth and final installment in the 100th Anniversary Dentzel Carousel Lecture Series with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture!

Rosa Patton has been restoring carousels for 43 years, including the 20-year restoration of Glen Echo’s carousel. Learn from her as she discusses the painting style differences between carousel manufacturers, the types of paints used, and the tools and brushes used for achieving the signature look of each company. Plus, view the live painting technique demonstration to see how the company’s artists worked and how these techniques were used during the carousel’s restoration.

Register here!

REWIND “Paths to the Present: History of Montgomery County Barns”
Premieres Monday, August 16 @ 10:00 a.m. Available to watch through Sunday, August 22

Join us for a REWIND exploring Montgomery County’s agricultural past, in honor of the annual Montgomery County Ag Fair! Learn about the wide variety of beautiful farm structures that still dot our landscape in this look at the evolution of barns in Montgomery County. Then, explore our our Lewis Reed online exhibit to catch a glimpse of what the Ag Fair was like at the turn of the 20th century.

This is not a live talk and there is no registration link. The video will be posted here on our website by 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 23 and will be available through Sunday, August 29.

Plus, you can learn more about Montgomery County’s rich agricultural history by visiting the Agricultural Fair and the MOOSeum.

Recent Lecture(s):

“Unpacking Laurel’s Past: 150 Years (+1) on Display!”
with Ann Bennett

View a complete list of past History Conversations: Complete-List-of-Past-History-Conversations-210412

History Conferences

Our annual history conference has brought together historians, students, teachers, residents, and lifelong learners since 2007. With such a wide breadth of topics covered, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. We’ll be rotating out different videos to feature, but you can also find links to all the past videos on our History Conference page.


Featured Video:
“By Hands of Parties Unknown: Remembrance and Reconciliation of Three Lynchings in Montgomery County” 
Speaker: Anthony Cohen


Paths to the Present
Paths to the Present: Montgomery County Stories, a cable television show created by County Cable Montgomery and Montgomery History from 2000-2014, explores the often overlooked history found right in our own backyards. Produced by Emmy-winner Barbara Grunbaum and hosted by Gail Street, Paths to the Present covers a wide variety of topics highlighting this county’s past. You can watch all 86 of the episodes here.