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 Facebook and then posted here for a week (below).

Upcoming Lectures:

“Sugarloaf: The Singular History of a Singular Mountain”

with Ralph Buglass
Wednesday, May 5 @ 2:00 p.m.

Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural beauty and scenic vistas that is open to the public, nearly became Camp David and was almost topped with a modernistic structure designed by one of America’s most famous architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, that instead ended up as a New York City landmark. This extensively illustrated talk explores these and other historical oddities of this tiny mountain that sits all by itself just over the Montgomery County line in Frederick County.

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“The Navy in Bethesda: From Navy Flagship to Medical Innovation, 1939-2011”
with André Sobocinski 
Thursday, May 13 @ 7:00 p.m.

For over 70 years, the Navy made an indelible mark on the suburbs of Washington, DC with an iconic landmark and complex that was called the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC). Located in Bethesda, NNMC was comprised of a collection of institutions—from the President’s Hospital, Medical and Dental Schools, and the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI). Learn about the vital role Bethesda has played in medical science and innovation as André Sobocinski, historian for the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, discusses some of the hallmarks from NMRI’s history, from the survival kit for castaways to the Tissue Bank.

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Recent Lecture(s):

“New Life for Old News”
with Montgomery History’s Archivist/Librarian Sarah Hedlund and Executive Director Matt Logan

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.