Events

40th ANNIVERSARY! KHS CELEBRATES ON JUNE 10 WITH A PARTY AT WARNER CIRCLE!

Join us on June 10 (rain date June 11) at our 40th anniversary party!  Our invitation goes out to the Town, Society Members, and all history buffs. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Refreshments; continuous children's games; visit and meet new neighbors! 2:30 p.m. - Acknowledgements of past KHS Presidents, a few words to mark the occasion. 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. - Music interludes. Please RSVP to info@kensingtonhistory.org so we can estimate number of guests.  


MAY 31 PARKS DEPARTMENT PRESENTATION: THREE HISTORIC SITES – WARNER MANSION, KENSINGTON CABIN, NOYES CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

Updates on renovations at County or MNCPPC-owned historic sites in Kensington will be given by Julie Mueller, from the Parks Stewardship Division, on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m., Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell street.  The Warner rehabilitation, possible tenanting plans, and the Warner Reading Garden will be discussed.  The current rehabilitation of the Kensington Cabin will be presented.  The Noyes Library Foundation will report on the status of the renovation plans for the Noyes Children's Library.  Don't miss the latest news on what's going on with these properties!


MEMORIAL WEEKEND CONCERT, May 27: Welcome back, DIXIELAND EXPRESS!

Start your holiday weekend to the beat of some very lively music!  Dixieland Express is back from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Howard Avenue Park, across from the Farmer's Market at the Kensington Train Station.


SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES BEGINS MAY 20th

Join us on May 20 for a special concert to kickoff our Free Saturday Morning Concert Series! We’re delighted to feature the Kensington Parkwood Singers. They are a chorus comprised of 4th and 5th graders from the Kensington Parkwood Elementary School. They are excited to share their love of music through a variety of songs featuring multiple languages and styles. Their creative leader is the General and Choral Music Teacher, Victoria Randall, who has been creating beautiful music at KP for 6 years. They will perform from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park, across the street from the Train Station.


Tuesday, FEBRUARY 21st, KHS Meeting A SHOCKING TALE, and YOU ARE THERE!

Learn history as Michael Robinson takes on the persona of Washington DC’s Superintendent of Police Almarin Cooley Richards. Superintendent Richards was involved in the election of 1860 as a member of the “Wide Awake”, a group of enthusiastic Lincoln supporters. During the inauguration of 1861 he rode alongside the new President’s carriage as a parade marshal. A good Republican, he received a patronage position as a financial clerk at the post office shortly thereafter and became an Alderman for the 3rd Ward in 1862. When President Lincoln needed a new Chief of Police in 1864 he rewarded Richards’ loyalty with that position. So it was that he attended the play “Our American Cousin” when he learned that General Grant and President Lincoln would be there and was present when Lincoln was shot! Please enjoy the show and bring your questions for Michael Robinson! Mr. Robinson has thoroughly researched early Washington to bring you this realistic portrayal of an eyewitness to history. We will meet in the Octagon Room of the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, directly across from the Town Hall parking lot. Enter the Octagon Room from the Mitchell Street doors. Gather at 7:00 p.m. for cookies, coffee, and conversation followed at 7:30 by the program.


March 24th MPI AWARDS

Montgomery Preservation Inc. is pleased to honor individuals and groups, who through personal or community efforts, made significant contributions to the preservation of Montgomery County’s historic resources and landscapes. As you may recall, the Kensington community has received many of these awards over the years for sensitive additions and the rehabilitation of resources. This is your opportunity to see recent preservation projects in the county and join in celebrating the work of dedicated property owners, creative nonprofits, talented craftspeople architects, builders, and public servants. The program will be held this year at the Silver Spring B&O Train Station at 8100 Georgia Avenue on Friday, March 24th. The reception starts at 6, with awards at 7 p.m. A donation is requested.


April 23rd, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BOOK

Come to this amazing book fair! Howard Avenue east will boast authors, literary organizations, music, food, activities for children, and BOOKS. Be sure to look for the KHS Table and come by to say hello. https://dayofthebook.com/


MAY 2nd, KHS MEETING, THE HISTORY OF ROCKVILLE PIKE: A 300 YEAR JOURNEY

We’re happy to welcome Eileen McGuckian, historian and President of Montgomery County Preservation (MPI), as she presents the story of a local road traveled, at some point in time, by everyone in Kensington. Using historic and contemporary photographs, she will present a slide show tour of the Rockville Pike from its beginnings as a Native American path to the “Golden Mile” of the County. We will meet in the Town Hall, Lower Level, at 7:00 p.m. for cookies, conversation and coffee. Our program begins at 7:30. When visiting the new NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, be sure to see the Jones-Hall-Sims house. Built by freed slaves about 1875 in Jonesville (near Poolesville), this home was moved in pieces and reassembled for the museum through the actions of Scott Whipple, head of Montgomery Planning’s Historic Preservation section, and George McDaniel, who studied upper western Montgomery County black communities in the 1970s for Sugarloaf Regional Trails.