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.

This week:
REWIND – The Forest F. Crown Family and Dairy Farm History in Montgomery County
With Bill Duvall, Don Barron, and Frank Cornelius
Available starting August 15. Rewinds are pre-recorded and available for one week. No registration is required. Don’t miss these great talks!

In honor of the 2022 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair this week, we’re looking back at the history of a local dairy farm with guests from the MOOseum! Bill Duvall, Don Barron, and Frank Cornelius from the King Barn Dairy MOOseum will join us to tell the agricultural story of dairy farming in Montgomery County through a century’s worth of history of the Crown Farm in Gaithersburg.





Next week:
Herman Rabbitt: The Man, The Money, The Legend, and The Legacy
With Sarah Hedlund
Tuesday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m.

When eccentric Montgomery County cattle farmer and land speculator Herman Rabbitt died in 1972, part of his $2.5 million estate was found buried in milk cans on his property. The rest was part of a three-year legal battle between bickering heirs. But the story of his unlikely millions was only one of the strange and legendary tales from Rabbitt’s life still told and retold by old-timers today. Join Montgomery History’s Archivist and Librarian, Sarah Hedlund, to hear more about the battle for Herman’s money and other anecdotes from his unusual life. Register for free here.

Last week:
A Pictorial History of Rockville
With Ralph Buglass

Back by popular demand! Drawing extensively on vintage photos from a book produced by Peerless Rockville, this talk covers the 250-year history of Rockville from a tiny crossroads community to the bustling government center of Montgomery County—and one of the nation’s most diverse cities. Rockville not only has a fascinating history all its own, but also exemplifies our county’s history in many ways—and has ties to significant national events and figures. The speaker co-authored the book for Peerless Rockville.




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.