“History Conversations”
Enjoy our “History Conversations,” a program featuring periodic 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.


Upcoming Lectures:


“An Introduction to Archaeology in Montgomery County” 

with Don Housley
Wednesday, May 27 @ 1:00 p.m.

Join Don Housley, President of the Mid-Potomac Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, as we discover the various types of archaeological sites in Montgomery County. This will be an interactive talk, so it’s perfect if you are new to archaeology and want to learn more or already have some knowledge and want to test your skills!

Access the Zoom session HERE. If you are prompted for a password, enter 271798. Please note that the Zoom sessions are limited to 100 participants, so if you want to ensure your spot show up a few minutes before the session is scheduled to start. If you have further questions about accessing the conversation via Zoom, please contact Matt Gagle, Outreach and Volunteer Manager, at



Last Week’s Recorded Lectures:

“Button Farm Almanac”
Speaker: Anthony Cohen

“Bread and Beauty: Making Value Visible, Foodways in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve”
Speaker: Claudia Kousoulas


List of Past Lectures:

May 21: “Bread and Beauty: Making Value Visible, Foodways in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve” with Claudia Kousoulas
May 19: “Button Farm Almanac” with Anthony Cohen
May 14: “The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County” with Bob Bachman
May 12: “A Brief Survey of Our Inheritance: Historic Ag Reserve Properties, Part II” with Kenny Sholes
May 8: “The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed–and were changed by–the American Civil War” with Bob Plumb 
May 7: “Rockville, Montgomery County’s Seat: A Pictorial History” with Ralph Buglass 
April 30: “Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery: Montgomery County’s Famous Four-Legged Friends” with Julianne Mangin
April 28 & May 1: “Sugarland and its Sources: Telling the Story of an African American Town” with Jeff Sypeck
April 24: “Potomac’s Storied History” with Judith Welles
April 22: “Conserving Monarch Butterflies in Your Backyard” with Clarence Hickey
April 16: “Rowser’s Ford, Where Lee Lost Gettysburg” with Jim Johnston
April 14: “Online Family Research” with Lorraine Minor
April 7 & April 11: “Preserving Historic Cemeteries” with Glenn Wallace
March 31 & April 3: “Off the Beaten Path in Montgomery County” with Ralph Buglass 


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:
“Looking Backward: A Future History of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve (c. 2080)”
Speaker: Royce Hanson


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.