History Conversations
Enjoy our History Conversations, a program featuring weekly virtual lectures from our talented corps of speakers covering a wide variety of local history topics. Each lecture is live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook and then posted here for a week (below).

Upcoming Lectures:

“Mills in Montgomery County”
with Don Housley
Tuesday, November 30 @ 2:00 p.m.
This presentation focuses on the rise and fall of the milling industry in Montgomery County. The talk describes the nature and diversity of milling operations on the major stream valleys in the County, along with some archaeology done on selected mill sites.
Register for this presentation here.
“Human Bondage and Georgetown’s Early Wealth”
with Jim Johnston
Tuesday, December 7th @ 2:00 p.m.
Early Georgetown was not the polite society conjured by books like The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club. Rather, it was built in part from trafficking in human beings – African slaves and British convicts and indentured servants – and from their labor. For instance, in 1805, Francis Lowndes, the son of a trafficker in humans, sold to Robert Peter the 8 ½ acre tract now known as Tudor Place for the seemingly princely sum of $6,000, but Peter had the money as evidenced by his selling inherited family slaves for $100,000 a few years later. Jim Johnston leads you on a tour of the real history of an early Georgetown that was diverse in the extreme with homes of fantastic wealth and hovels of abject poverty.
Register for this presentation here.

Recent Lectures:

Join Us for a Special Thanksgiving REWIND: “Bread & Beauty”
with Claudia Kousoulas

History Conferences

Our annual history conference has brought together historians, students, teachers, residents, and lifelong learners since 2007. With such a wide breadth of topics covered, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. We’ll be rotating out different videos to feature, but you can also find links to all the past videos on our History Conference page.


Featured Video:
“By Hands of Parties Unknown: Remembrance and Reconciliation of Three Lynchings in Montgomery County” 
Speaker: Anthony Cohen


Paths to the Present
Paths to the Present: Montgomery County Stories, a cable television show created by County Cable Montgomery and Montgomery History from 2000-2014, explores the often overlooked history found right in our own backyards. Produced by Emmy-winner Barbara Grunbaum and hosted by Gail Street, Paths to the Present covers a wide variety of topics highlighting this county’s past. You can watch all 86 of the episodes here.