111 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
November 5, 2019
“The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County”
Speaker: Robert Bachman
The 1950’s housing boom almost doubled the number of single-family homes in Montgomery County in one decade. This presentation will focus on the national-level & county-level factors that fueled the housing boom, the federal programs that helped builders & buyers, where the new homes were built in the county, the styles of these new homes, the developers who built them, the architects who designed them, and the role of the National-Capital Park & Planning Commission and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in preparing the infrastructure and establishing the procedures to respond to the rapid population growth and housing boom of the 1950’s.
December 3, 2019
“Reflections of a Vietnam Era Veteran”
Speaker: Clarence Hickey
After graduating from college with a B.S. in Biology, Clarence Hickey was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Service in 1966. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY, in support of the 101st Airborne Division, which was very active in Vietnam. Between 1966 and 1968 while he was on active duty, he served in the hospital clinical laboratory, in the blood bank, and in other general hospital medic duties. Though state side and not stationed in Vietnam, his work in the blood bank saved many lives overseas. His story is not uncommon—he recalls being told then that for every soldier on the front lines in combat, there were 10 soldiers behind them keeping the Army running. Clarence represents the many veterans who did their duty in service other than combat, following orders and doing what was needed.
During his talk, Clarence shows meaningful artifacts from his time in the service at the Fort Campbell Army Hospital, comparing its design and features with Civil War era hospitals due to the consistency in design in the over-100-year-span. He also reflects upon the reception of both active duty service members and veterans, during the Vietnam War and now.
December 10, 2019 *Special Session*
Inspired by his time spent in them, speaker Scott Einberger chronologizes and interprets the history of Montgomery County’s Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Regional Park. From the beginnings of the park environment, to its use as farms and fields before the parks were established in the 1800s, to the evolution that created its current landscape, he explores how the people interacting with the parks have caused the park environment to change. As he discusses the social and recreational usage of both parks in the context of the growth of suburbanization, learn about how these two places are connected and what it means for Montgomery County citizens today.