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Museums, historical groups, and preservation organizations in Montgomery County:
Archaeology in the Community
Founded in 2006, Archaeology in the Community (AITC) is a DC-area educational organization dedicated to instructing the public on archaeological subjects using the excitement of discovery and mystery of piecing together the past. We help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for their future success. We interact with the communities in which our programs take place. In addition, we broaden public knowledge of careers and skills used by archaeologists.
ASM Mid-Potomac Chapter, Inc.
Mid-Potomac-Archaeology Facebook page
The Mid-Potomac Chapter is a chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. The chapter's goal is to educate the public on the importance archaeology plays in understanding the history and development of our community and the scientific methods used to make this understanding possible. The chapter participates in a wide variety of activities including holding monthly chapter meetings featuring speakers and workshops on archaeological topics, volunteering at local and state excavation sites and at scheduled public events, making presentations on archaeological topics for community groups, and attending professional conferences and workshops. Most of our activities are done in conjunction with the Archaeology Program of the Montgomery County Parks Department and the Archeological Society of Maryland.
Boyds Historical Society
P.O. Box 161
Boyds, MD 20841
The Boyds Historical Society was founded in 1975 with the mission to preserve the history of the community of Boyds, MD and to educate the community about our local history. BHS acquired the Boyds Negro School in 1981 and it restored the building in 1990. The historic one-room school building serves as a small museum, a gathering place for community events, and it contains period furnishings and archived materials.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association
C&O Canal NHP HQTRS
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
The C&O Canal Association is a citizen's organization concerned with the historic and natural environment of the C&O Canal and the Potomac River Basin. It is the principal friends group for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
C&O Canal Trust
Founded in 2007, the C&O Canal Trust is the official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Its mission is to work in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal. The Trust engages communities and individuals to realize the Park’s historical, natural, and recreational potential.
Chevy Chase Historical Society
The Chevy Chase Historical Society collects, records, interprets and shares materials relating to the history of Chevy Chase, Maryland, one of America's first streetcar suburbs. The collection of the Society is now available for online searching.
City of Rockville Historic District Commission
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
The City of Rockville Historic District Commission oversees changes in historic districts and promotes tourism and heritage education.
Clarksburg Historical Society
PO Box 496
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites
Founded in 1991, the focus of the coaliton is to advocate for legislation to protect burial sites in the state of Maryland.
County Cable 6
On County Cable Montgomery click on the program schedule for the latest dates for Paths to the Present, a locally produced video program highlighting fascinating stories from Montgomery County's historic past.
Damascus Heritage Society Museum
Located behind the Damascus Library at 9701 Main St, Damascus, Md.
The mission of the Damascus Heritage Society Museum is to be the devoted curator of Damascus, Maryland history and chronicle the historic human adventures of all its people, and to be the cultural center for Damascus, where the community and its visitors meet, create, learn, and participate in museum programs and activities.
Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park
c/o Montgomery Parks Foundation
6910 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
This group offers programs on Montgomery County's agricultural past & present by providing citizens with historic farm life and environmental education.
Friends of Oakley Cabin and the Underground Railroad
P.O. Box 10162
Rockville, MD 20849
This Friends group supports Oakley Cabin and Underground Railroad sites and programs in Montgomery County. It provides interpretive and educational programming, research, collections care, and fund raising.
The City of Gaithersburg Community Museum &
Gaithersburg Historical Association
9 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6160/(301) 258-6329 fax
The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex. The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors' interest and imagination in our City's history.
The Gaithersburg Historical Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history and early buildings of the once small agricultural and railroad town and sharing its history with others.
Gaithersburg-Washington Grove VFD Fire Museum
Located in the historic fire department in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, the Fire Museum (operated by the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department) includes fire trucks and other artifacts from the department's history.
Germantown Historical Society
P.O. Box 275
Germantown, MD 20875
Founded in 1990, this organization is dedicated to preserving the history and historic sites of Germantown and educating the public about local history. It produces a quarterly newsletter and sponsors a fall and a spring lecture as well as promoting local history through exhibits, historic markers and literature.
The George Meany Memorial Archives
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Established in 1980 to honor the memory of George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, the archives preserves the labor union's historical records and makes them available for research.
The Goshen Historical Preservation Society
21109 Kaul Lane
Germantown, Maryland 20876
The Goshen Historical Preservation Society was founded in 2002 to preserve historical homes and other buildings in the Goshen area.
Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County
The Heritage Tourism Alliance is a nonprofit organization certified by the state of Maryland in 2004 to promote the enjoyment, economic development, and appreciation of Montgomery County's past in three designated historic areas. The Farming History Cluster centered around Poolesville and the Quaker Cluster near Sandy Spring and Brookeville (which also highlights the role of the Underground Railroad) are two of the featured areas. For additional information please visit the Heritage Tourism Alliance website.
Historic House Consortium of Washington, D.C.
The Historic House Consortium is a group of 33 historic house museums in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. These museums represent more than 300 years of history in the metropolitan Washington area, and all are open to visitors.
Historic Preservation office, Montgomery County Planning Department, and Historic Preservation Commission
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
The Historic Preservation Office supports the Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Commission by providing for the identification, designation, and regulation of historic sites in Montgomery County. Historic Preservation staff also maintains an archive and library of documentation on historic resources in Montgomery County, and provides preservation outreach and guidance on preservation best-practices to the public. Many resources are available online.
Historic Takoma, Inc.
Takoma Park, MD
Historic Takoma, Inc. is a membership-based, all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping preserve the heritage of Takoma Park, MD and Takoma Park, DC through educational activities and preservation of historical landmarks and archives.
Historic Medley District, Inc.
Western Montgomery County, including the Poolesville area
Historic Medley was founded in 1974 to promote the conservation of buildings, structures, objects and spaces that contribute to the historic character of the area; the development and implementation of plans for preserving and using these resources; promotion of research and education in area history and its contributions to Montgomery County; public testimony; and encouragement of citizen participation in these activities.
Hyattstown Mill Arts Project
The Hyattstown Mill Arts project is a public-service, multi-disciplinary arts agency dedicated to creating educational opportunities and cultural events for the region.
Kensington Historical Society, Inc.
Kensington, MD 20895
Since 1977, the Kensington Historical Society has been working to safeguard the heritage of Kensington by preserving a record of its culture and architecture, by supporting preservation efforts, and by encouraging restoration of it historic sites and structures.
King Barn Dairy MOOseum
South Germantown Recreational Park
The MOOseum is a dairy heritage museum dedicated to interpreting the rich history of the farms, families, and related organizations and businesses of Montgomery County, Md.
The Latvian Museum
400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville
Operated by the American Latvian Association, the Latvian Museum in Rockville's Latvian Lutheran Church has collections of traditional Latvian costumes and textiles, original and reproduction farm tools, documents, photographs, and examples of traditional crafts. Open by appointment only.
Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and Leroy E. Neal African American Research Center
The Menare Foundation, Inc.
The Menare Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad as a symbol of cultural unity and the ongoing quest for freedom. Menare is located on The Button Farm, a 60-acre living-history farm in Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, Maryland. It features a Civil War-era barn, historic outbuildings, livestock pens, heirloom gardens, and a slave cemetery and simulates the day to day experiences of an 1850’s Maryland plantation.
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
The mission of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance is to promote sound economic, land-use and transportation policies and programs that preserve the natural environment, open spaces, and rural lands in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve for the benefit of all Washington Metropolitan area residents.
Montgomery County Civil War Round Table
The goal of the MCCWRT is to help educate the public about the Civil War and the period prior to the war and reconstruction. Membership is open to anyone who is interested and all are welcome. Meetings - held on the second Thursday of the month, September to May, at the Gaithersburg Hilton - feature a variety of speakers and reenactors, and are open to the public.
Montgomery Preservation, Inc.
P.O. Box 4661
Rockville, MD 20849
The grass-roots preservation coalition for Montgomery County, MPI's goal is to promote the preservation, protection and enjoyment of Montgomery County's rich architectural heritage and historic landscapes.
National Capital Trolley Museum
1313 Bonifant Road
Silver Spring, MD
The National Capital Trolley Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Washington's electric street railways and includes 17 street cars, a Washington streetscape and exhibits.
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Forest Glen, MD
The National Museum of Health and Medicine inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine -- past, present, and future -- with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation since 1862, the Museum identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research.
Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center and Historic Campground
15712 Peach Orchard Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
First established in 1921 by the Free Methodist church and still in operation as a year-round retreat center, the Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center and Historic Campground today includes a small museum in a renovated cabin. The museum is open to visitors.
Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square Room 110
Rockville, MD 20850
Since 1974, Peerless Rockville has worked to preserve the buildings, objects and information important to Rockville's heritage. It maintains archives, oral histories and objects to document the city's past.
Rockville Model Railroad Society
PO Box 684
Washington Grove, MD 20880-0684
Formerly the Gaithersburg Model Railroad Society, the RMRS promotes the hobby of scale model railroading in the U.S. with particular emphasis on the unique features of railroading in Maryland.
Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Established in 1980 the museum is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Greater Sandy Spring community. Through exhibits, children's programs, lectures and special events, the museum brings to life the past for present and future generations.
Sandy Spring Slave Museum
18524 Brooke Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
This museum features exhibits that reflect the conditions of the slave trade, living conditions of slaves and displays art and sculpture from across the African Diaspora.
Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen
The mission of Save Our Seminary is to preserve the National Park Seminary Historic District in Forest Glen and communicate its history and guide its future.
For information call: (301) 972-8588
Built in 1865, the Seneca School House served the local farming community for more than 45 years. In 1980 the site was restored and today is operated by the Historic Medley District for school tours.
Silver Spring Historical Society
P.O. Box 1160
Silver Spring, MD 20910-1160
Established in 1998 by a group of Silver Spring residents concerned with the rapidly disappearing remnants of Silver Spring's past, the mission of the historical society is to create and promote awareness and appreciation of Silver Spring's heritage through sponsorship of educational activities and the preservation and protection of historical sites, structures, artifacts and archives.
Sugarland Ethno-History Project
The purpose of the Sugarland Ethno-History Project is to preserve the Black, African American history resources in the Sugarland Community, Poolesville, Montgomery County.
Sugarloaf Regional Trails
Since its creation in 1974, Sugarloaf Regional Trails has focused on conservation of the cultural landscape in rural Montgomery County.
Warren Historic Site Committee
22625 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 44, Poolesville, Maryland 20842
The Warren Historic Site Committee works to preserve and interpret the historic African American community cornerstones - church, school and social hall - in Martinsburg.
City of Bowie Museums, Bowie, Md.
Greenbelt Museum, Greenbelt, Md.
Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, DC
Historical Society of Carroll County, Westminster, Md.
Historical Society of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Va.
Historical Society of Frederick County, Frederick, Md.
Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and Kiplinger Library, Washington, DC
Howard County Historical Society, Ellicott City, Md.
Laurel Historical Society and Museum, Laurel, Md.
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, Washington, DC
Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.
Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Md.
Prince George's County Historical Society, Greenbelt and Upper Marlboro, Md.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, Md.
Thomas Balch Library (Loudon County history), Leesburg, Va.