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 then posted here for a week.


This week:

“…[M]y name is not Tom…My name is Josiah Henson”
With Jamie Ferguson
Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m.


While participating in the Josiah Henson Birthday Celebration earlier this year, a young guest wrote on a wooden image of the Reverend’s likeness, “Thank you for your lessons.” In a time when the fight against racial injustice remains constant in our country, what can we learn from a man formerly enslaved in Montgomery County, who in his lifetime and posterity, remains associated with “Uncle Tom?” Join Jamie Ferguson, Montgomery Parks Senior Historian, to hear the real story of Rev. Josiah Henson uncovered during her book research and the development of exhibits for the new museum commemorating his life in North Bethesda.


Register for free here.

Next week:

REWIND – Preserving Historic Cemeteries
With Glenn Wallace
Available starting September 26. Rewinds are pre-recorded and available for one week. No registration is required. Don’t miss these great talks!  


Don’t miss Glenn Wallace presenting “Preserving Historic Cemeteries.” Learn the importance—and excitement—of researching, locating, archiving, and preserving our historic cemeteries. This overview describes the basic process that anyone interested in cemeteries can follow. Wallace will also detail his 15-year process archiving Monocacy Cemetery. Bring your questions!

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.