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.
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.
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.