NEW Series: Tuesday Talks



When: The First Tuesday of the Month

Time: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Where: The Beall-Dawson House

Our lunchtime lecture series, Tuesday Talks, takes place at noon on the first Tuesday of every month. Bring your lunch and enjoy presentations covering various aspects of history including local history of Montgomery County and the history of those who once lived here. 
The programs begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. with seating ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Lectures: 

July 2 No Talk, Happy Independence Day! 


Past Lectures: 

June 4 Elizabeth Lay, Montgomery History Curator

A Peek into the NEW 75th Anniversary Exhibit, 75 Objects + 75 Stories


May 7 Susan Cooke Soderberg

Treason! — How local leaders helped launch the American Revolution

This presentation will describe the Repudiation Act of November 23, 1765, and the Hungerford Resolves of June 11, 1774; what led the citizens of what is now Montgomery County into an armed revolt against Great Britain; who the leaders were; how they fought in the Revolution; and how they contributed to the newly forming independent government of the state of Maryland. The well-known County surnames Brooke, Wooton, Thomas, Magruder, Bowie, and Griffith will be featured among others.


April 2 Teresa B. Lachin

Dr. Webster Sewell and the Struggle for Equal Care

Join historian Teresa Lachin as we explore the life, medical career, and perseverance of Dr. Webster Sewell. 
Dr. Webster Sewell, a 1930 graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, practiced medicine during the 1930s and during and after World War II. He subsequently operated a medical clinic and “Birthing Center,” an in-patient facility in Norbeck, Maryland, and he treated any patient- black or white- who needed care regardless of ability to pay. Known as one of the few black doctors in Montgomery County, Dr. Sewell was a tireless advocate for equality in medical care. His long life and professional career are examined within the context of the “black hospital movement,” a self-help endeavor initiated in the 1920s as a response to the glaring inequalities of segregated and separate medicine in America.


March 5 Judith Welles

Grit & Gusto


February 5 Elizabeth Lay, Montgomery History

Exhibit Behind-The-Scenes


January 2 David Craig

Maryland in WWI



December 4 Claire McDonald

History Between the Pages

November 6 Bill Offutt

Election Reflection