The Montgomery County Story


Published biannually by Montgomery History, The Montgomery County Story is a journal focusing on the history of the people, places, events, and organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland.

NEW! July 2020: Volume 63, Number 1 of the Montgomery County Story, by Librarian/Archivist Sarah Hedlund, featuring the history of the two 1880 lynchings in Montgomery County: George Peck and John Diggs-Dorsey.


Abstracts of the most recent issues


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Winter 2020:

Gibbs v. Broome: Rockville’s Place on the Road to Brown v. Board of Education covers an early NAACP lawsuit intended to break down Jim Crow education. The legal campaign to equalize pay for all teachers was led by attorney Thurgood Marshall and William B. Gibbs, Jr., a courageous local teacher and civil rights advocate.  The authors chronicled the long struggle by the Montgomery County’s black community for social justice.    


Spring 2019: 

The County’s Historian: The Montgomery County Historical Society at 75 Years, by Sarah Hedlund.  Montgomery History’s archivist delved through decades of records to describe how, in the midst of a World War, a strong businesswoman inspired a group of County residents to form an organization with the mission of documenting and preserving local history.  Through 75 years, this has evolved into a skilled professional staff working with passionate volunteers to collect memories, data, and artifacts and then interpret them for current and future generations.  


Winter 2018-19 (double issue): 

On the Home Front in Montgomery County during World War I, by Judith Welles.  On the Centennial of America’s entry into World War I, this article describes how women in Maryland rallied to action as local men went off to war in Europe.  As rural Montgomery County farms suffered shortages of workers, so local “farmerettes” stepped up with grit and gusto to feed people at home and abroad.  By war’s end, these patriotic women were ready to fight for the right to vote.    

Thomas Sprigg Wootton, by Brent Newton.  The author’s ancestral ties inspired new research about the “Father of Montgomery County” and his many civic activities during the late 18th century.  The article sheds light on Wootton’s personal life and family, home property, connections, burial site, and his legacy.


Past Issues

For all past issues, please see this complete and searchable index of The Montgomery County Story with topical summaries and keywords.

We also have these older indexes available to help you find a Story issue by author, topic, or family/individual:


To Order Current or Past Issues:

Copies of back issues of the Montgomery County Story may be purchased in the Museum Shop, or ordered by phone, mail or email.  Issues dated prior to 2010 are $3 per issue. Starting in fall 2010, issues are $5 each (double sized). Shipping is $1.50 for the first issue plus .50 for each additional issue in the same order.

Montgomery History is grateful to The Chevy Chase Land Company for its sponsorship of The Montgomery County Story