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:

“How Immigrants Inspired American Mid-Century Design”
with Elizabeth Lay
Thursday, June 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

America experienced a wave of European migrants during the early 20th century. Some were escaping war and oppression while others sought opportunities in a growing democracy. These immigrants included giants of architecture and design: Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Eliel and Loja Saarinen, and Joseph and Anni Albers. They arrived in the U.S. by securing teaching positions at universities throughout the country, where they inspired the next generation of designers and architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Jack Lenore Larson, and I.M. Pei. Lay examines how the contributions of their work and teachings changed the face of American design—including noteworthy local buildings that you will recognize!​

Register here!

“The Tubman Country Experience”
with Cierra Maskiewicz
Tuesday, June 22 @ 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, presented by Park Ranger Cierra Maszkiewicz. The park, which sits on the trailhead for the 125‐mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, provides an in-depth understanding of Tubman’s early years spent in Maryland’s Choptank River region and her legacy as a leader, liberator and humanitarian in the resistance movement of the Underground Railroad. Learn about the design concept of The View North, the life and legacy of this great American heroine, and how to get the most from your visit to Tubman Country.

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Recent Lecture(s):

“Preservation in Montgomery County” with Rebeccah Ballo

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.