Ongoing Events


Conservation in Action at the Textile Lab

Beall Dawson Museum
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Every Thursday afternoon by appointment

Beware the carpet beetle! We recently discovered, much to our horror, we have them in our storage. They thrive in dark undisturbed boxes. Textiles, carpets, fur, and feathers are their favorite foods. 

To eliminate these pests we are setting up a temporary textile lab in the Beall-Dawson Museum. Commercial chemicals used by exterminators are not appropriate for museum use. However, freezing the textiles is an effective and non-damaging method for eliminating these pests. The process takes about a week for each box of textiles. Curator Liz Lay will be working in the lab every Thursday afternoon and will be providing a behind-the-scenes look at textile conservation. 

You are invited to join Liz as she processes each weeks’ textile rotation. You will get a chance to see textiles that have never been on display, including wedding gowns, 19th century dresses, military uniforms, and embroidered household linens. To make an appointment email Liz at


Genealogy Help at the Jane C. Sween Library

Jane C. Sween Library
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Every first Friday of the month

Need some help with your genealogical research? Montgomery History’s librarian and other professional genealogists who volunteer their time, will help with your questions. The session is included with the library research fee (members free).  It is recommended that you contact Sarah Hedlund in the library a day or two before you come, so we can prepare ahead and have adequate assistance available: 301-340-2974.  $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors & students; free to members. 

Note: This event is not held during the month of January


Genealogical Society Meetings

Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Dr.
Rockville, MD

The Genealogical Society holds regular monthly meetings with informative speakers at the Rockville Senior Center from September to June. Visit their webpage to view this year’s line-up of events and meetings times.