Heritage Day in downtown Silver Spring
FREE ACTIVITIES morning and afternoon
MORNING Bike/Picnic Tour of Historic Silver Spring --
10 am to Noon(ish)
Start at B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Join Silver Spring Historical Society president Jerry A. McCoy on a bike tour of some of downtown Silver Spring's most historic places. Participants will meet at 10 am at the 1945 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station for a brief tour of the interior. The tour will proceed to Acorn Park, site of the original "silver" spring and the "World's Largest Acorn" (really!). We will end at the 1850 Moorings Mansion in Jesup Blair Park, the only extant country estate of three that belonged to the Blair family whose patriarch was Francis Preston Blair Sr., founder of Silver Spring. There we will picnic under some of downtown Silver Spring's oldest surviving trees.
Participants will provide their own bikes, helmets and lunches. The distance covered is less than one mile. Please ride your bike to the railroad station as on-site parking is not guaranteed. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled. For further information contact Jerry A. McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-537-1253
AFTERNOON Open House at Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station – noon to 4 pm Working model train displays by Riverdale & Rockville Model Railroaders Clubs, children’s play area, family-friendly activities, refreshments, exhibits, and a covered platform ideal for watching CSX, Amtrak and Metro trains. 301-495-4915
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MORE GREAT PLACES, GROUPS, AND ACTIVITIES DURING HERITAGE DAYS -- June 25-26, 2016 – click here
No events held on July 2-4 weekend.
Exhibit, Talk, & Tour:
“Early Women of Architecture in Maryland”
Women have been practicing architecture professionally in Maryland for over 80 years, yet little is known about their lives or their contributions to the profession. The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) of AIABaltimore, in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University, has embarked on a project to assemble the stories of these early women who contributed to architecture in Maryland.
Featured in this exhibit are 12 female architects, including Katherine Cutler Ficken (Silver Spring resident and first female architect registered in Maryland, 1936), Rose Isabel Greely (first licensed female architect in Washington, DC, 1926), Chloethiel Woodard Smith (well-known 1950s-1990s with buildings in Rockville and Bethesda), and Shirley Kerr Kennard (Chevy Chase resident, designed projects in Bethesda and Chevy Chase).
Exhibit Curator Jillian Storms, AIA, will present an exhibit talk and tour at the B&O Station, then lead a tour of nearby Ficken-designed buildings.
Public Open House 10 am to 3 pm
At the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD Celebrate summer in a friendly local landmark with trains, decorations, music, refreshments, and history! Free open house on the first Saturday of every month, January-December (weather permitting), except July. Montgomery Preservation and Silver Spring Historical Society co-sponsor this family-friendly event to introduce the community to this historic building. Enjoy HO scale model railroad display, railroad photos, arts and crafts, and the perfect location for train spotting! Free refreshments are provided. Limited on-site parking is available.
May is Preservation Month: “This Place Matters”
On May 17, 2016, the Montgomery County Council recognized organizations dedicated to preserving the rich history of Montgomery County in a ceremony declaring “Historic Preservation Month.” The proclamation celebrates the contributions of local history and places to the life we enjoy here. This year’s theme, selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is “This Place Matters,” acknowledgment that buildings from the past often have special meaning for individuals and communities alike.
Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer recognized the hard work of non-profit groups, preservation professionals, and the Historic Preservation Commission in promoting a continuing presence for the County’s past in today’s world. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Government.
Taste the World in Fenton Village
On May 15, 2016, as part of “Taste the World in Fenton Village,” Electric Train Set Dance Band performed at the Silver Spring Railroad Station. Photo courtesy of Jerry McCoy.
Watch this space for MPI's sensational new website, coming soon!!