Tuesday Talks 



When: The First Tuesday of the Month

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

Where: The Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 

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: 


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*

“Suburban Dams, Woods, and Water: The Story of Montgomery County, MD’s Rock Creek Park & Rock Creek Regional Park”
Speaker: Scott Einberger

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. 


January 7, 2020 

“The History of Reed Brothers Dodge”

Speaker: Jeanne Gartner 

Reed Brothers Dodge was one of the longest running automobile dealerships in Montgomery County history, operating from two locations in Rockville for 97 years. This PowerPoint presentation features historical photographs taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed, and highlights how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business.



Past Lectures: 



November 5 Bob Bachman

“The Housing Boom in 1950s Montgomery County” 


October 1 Jim Johnston

“Misplacing History: Rowser’s Ford”


September 10 Ralph Buglass

“Off-the-Beaten-Path in Montgomery County”


August 6 Paige Whitley 

“River Road, Bethesda: A Short History of Black and White, 1850-1963”


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”


April 2 Teresa B. Lachin

“Dr. Webster Sewell and the Struggle for Equal Care”


March 5 Judith Welles

“Grit and Gusto: Farmerettes and Suffragettes on the Homefront in WWI”


February 5 Elizabeth Lay, Montgomery History Curator

Exhibit Behind-The-Scenes forMigrate with Us: Through the Journeys of Those Living in Montgomery County”

A Rockville High School Exhibit in Collaboration with Montgomery History


January 2 David Craig

“Maryland in WWI”



December 4 Claire McDonald

“History Between the Pages”


November 6 Bill Offutt

“Election Reflection”