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.


Upcoming Lectures:

History Conversations REWIND
“An Evening with Steve and Cokie Roberts”
with Steve and Cokie Roberts (originally aired October 26, 2016)
Premieres Monday, October 26 @ 10:00 a.m.

In advance of the upcoming election, we’re holding a History Conversation REWIND of one of our best received events in recent years: “An Evening with Steve and Cokie Roberts.” Held just two weeks before the 2016 Presidential election, award-winning journalists Steve Roberts and the late Cokie Roberts joined Montgomery History at the Montgomery Community Media studios to provide valuable insights and their unique perspectives of the historic 2016 election. Now, four years later, we are reflecting once again on that time as we anticipate what the 2020 election brings.

There is no registration link for this talk. The REWIND premieres here on our website at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning and will be available to watch through the end of Sunday, November 1:



“Emancipation in Montgomery County, Maryland”
with Eileen McGuckian and Susan Soderberg
Tuesday, November 3 @ 2:00 p.m.

On November 1, 1864, Maryland became the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to free slaves within its boundaries by popular vote. On the 156th anniversary of Emancipation in the Old Line State, two chroniclers of Montgomery County history will describe local experiences with slavery, war, emancipation, and its aftermath.

Register for the event HERE. Please note that the Zoom session is limited to 100 participants! Once the Zoom session is full, you can watch on Facebook where it’ll be streamed live. If you have further questions about accessing the conversation via Zoom, please contact Matt Gagle, Director of Programs, at

Recent Lecture(s):

“William Marbury–The Man Whose Lawsuit Made the Supreme Court, Supreme”
with Jim Johnston


Click here for a complete list of past History Conversations.

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.