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 then posted here for a week (below).

This Week:
Rewind – Mapping Gaithersburg: From Wilderness to Metropolis
With Karen Yaffe Lottes
Rewinds are pre-recorded and available for one week. No registration is required. Don’t miss these great talks!

Explore the history and development of Gaithersburg through maps and the census with Karen Yaffe Lottes, historian, museum educator, and the Program Coordinator for the Gaithersburg Community Museum.
Next Week:
A Brief Survey of Our Inheritance: Historic Ag Reserve Properties
With Kenney Sholes of Historic Ag Reserve Properties
Tuesday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m.
The lands around us have played an important part in American history over the last few centuries. The fields we pass through each day have spurred economic development, been the scene of battles, provided escape from the pace of daily life, and brought families together at the dinner table. Dotting this landscape is an array of impressive historic homes – standing as visual reminders of those who came before us. In this presentation, we will review some of the incredible historic homes in the Medley District area of the Ag Reserve, using the homes as a way to better understand the people whose land we’ve inherited and how their dreams, goals, and struggles were not all that different from ours today. 
Register here
Last Week:
Offutt’s Crossroads: The Early History of Potomac and its Founding Family
Ralph Buglass
A complete list of past History Conversations can be found here
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.