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: 


February 4, 2020

“Woodlawn Manor of Sandy Spring:  An Intersection of Quakers, Enslaved, and Freedom Seekers”

Speaker: Mark Thorne

This PowerPoint presentation features a historic look at Woodlawn Manor plantation in Sandy Spring, MD. The story traces the ownership of the property from Dr. William Palmer, the Quaker doctor that oversaw the plantation to its greatest expanse to the property becoming a public park that features the Woodlawn Museum. The museum highlights the area’s agriculture landscape, the Underground Railroad and the Quaker experience in Montgomery County, revealed through the lives of the Woodlawn’s residents–the Palmer Family and enslaved laborers.


February 11, 2020

“A Brief Survey of Our Inheritance: Historic Ag Reserve Properties”

Speaker: Kenny Sholes

The lands around us have played an important part in American history over the last few centuries. The fields we pass through each day have spurred economic development, been the scene of battles, provided escape from the pace of daily life, and brought families together at the dinner table. Dotting this landscape is an array of impressive historic homes – standing as visual reminders of those who came before us.

In this presentation, speaker Kenny Sholes will review some of the incredible historic homes in the Medley District area of the Ag Reserve, using the homes as a way to better understand the people whose land we’ve inherited and how their dreams, goals, and struggles were not all that different from ours today. 

Check out Kenny’s website to learn more about the historic properties located within the Ag reserve.


Past Lectures: 



January 7 Jeanne Gartner  

“The History of Reed Brothers Dodge, 1915-2012”

Check out our online exhibit featuring photographs taken by Lewis Reed at the turn of the century, produced by Jeanne Gartner and Sarah Hedlund, Montgomery History’s Librarian/Archivist.



December 10 (Extra Session) Scott Einberger

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


December 3 Clarence Hickey 

“Reflections of a Vietnam Era Veteran” 


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”