Montgomery County History Conference 2020



HC2020: Bringing History Into Focus

January 25, 2020 


Since 2007, the Montgomery County History Conference has been a venue for people of all ages and backgrounds—civic leaders, students, lifelong learners, museum professionals and volunteers, history buffs, genealogists, and the general public—to explore and celebrate the many facets of our past that shape our community to this day. Hosted annually by Montgomery History in partnership with Montgomery College, this day-long gathering is recognized for its challenging and thought-provoking presentations, workshops, performances, and panel discussions covering a wide range of local history topics.


The 2020 Conference will kick off with County Councilmember Evan Glass presenting the rainbow Pride flag that flew over the Executive Office Building during Pride Month in June to Montgomery History for accession into its permanent collection. The opening session will feature Royce Hanson, the former Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, delivering a talk on the history of the Agricultural Reserve (one of the most requested topics every year). This will be followed by breakout sessions featuring wide-ranging topics such as recent archaeological findings from the site of the Seneca Store, suburban growth in the 1960s, the historically African American community of Lyttonsville, and local Prohibition. We are also pleased to offer for the first time a session in Spanish to look at Latino immigration into the county in the late 20th century.


Afternoon breakout sessions will feature topics such as Marriott’s growth from Hot Shoppes to hotels, a history of the Montgomery County Sentinel, stories from the Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery, a look at 19th century medicine, and the legacy of three lynchings that took place in the county in the late 19th century. The conference’s closing session will be a captivating performance of WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle by actor Steve LaRocque. The conference will once again culminate with a networking reception for presenters, sponsors, and attendees.


Tickets and scheduling information are available on Eventbrite. A downloadable PDF is available here if you would prefer to mail in your registration. A list of full topic descriptions will be available shortly. If you have questions, please contact us at 301-340-2825.


Montgomery History would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible:




Additional support provided by: 



We are grateful to the following for sponsoring individual sessions:



Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies

Nancy & Dan Balz


Previous Years:

To see examples of our History Conference speakers, view the sessions from our 2019 conference! You can also view highlights from 2018 and 2017.