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 18, 2020 (Extra Event)

“Scotland Rediscovered: Behind the Scenes of the Scotland Photo Gallery Online Exhibit”

Speaker: Sarah Hedlund

Montgomery History’s Archivist/Librarian Sarah Hedlund talks about the history of the Scotland Collection, donated to the Jane Sween Research Library by Joyce Siegel in 1992, and the trove of hidden photographs and oral histories recently brought back to life through collaboration, exhibition, and community involvement. View the online exhibit here.


March 3, 2020

“The Path To Leadership: Montgomery County Women, Women’s Clubs, and Suffrage”

Speaker: Claire McDonald

For women of Montgomery County, like women throughout the country, their paths to leadership and politics were not direct ones. Achieving political clout and influence in the county and beyond took decades of hard work and persistence. Much of this work began with the fight for the right to vote. This presentation—offered on the 107thanniversary of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in DC—explores women’s suffrage in the county and its relationship to the growing network of women’s clubs from the late nineteenth century through the early 1930s. Presenter Claire McDonald will also highlight the lives and contributions of three local women. The presentation will coincide with a new two-part online exhibition about women’s paths to leadership in the county.


March 17, 2020 (Extra Event) 

“Macedonia Baptist: Little Church on a Hill” 

Speaker: Amy Rispin

The Macedonia Baptist Church was organized in 1920 as a mission to the Bethesda area by Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Rockville, Maryland. It had its origin with prayer service led by Reverend Will Mason in the upstairs room of Deacon Thomas’ home in Scotland, Maryland. Its first true location was on Elm Street in Bethesda, where it ministered to the faith needs of African Americans who manned the coal yards and building supplies businesses that catered to the growing white development in and around “Miller’s Flats”.  In 1945, Rock Creek Baptist Church of Tenleytown was forced to leave its location as the District of Columbia cleared the way for Fort Reno Park, thus leaving a void in faith needs for African American citizens of nearby River Rd in Montgomery County; under Rev. Mason,  Macedonia expanded into its current location at River Road and Clipper Lane and has served members of that community ever since, even as they must return to that location after dispersal of their community in the early 1960’s. 



Past Lectures: 



February 11 (Extra Event) Kenny Sholes 

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


February 4 Mark Thorne

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


January 7 Jeanne Gartner

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

Check out our online exhibit in partnership with Jeanne Gartner, “Montgomery County, 1900-1930: Through the Lens Of Lewis Reed,” here.



December 10 (Extra Event) 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”