Montgomery History will hold its 16th Annual “Montgomery History Conference” in a hybrid format Jan. 19-29. Over 11 days, the conference will offer a myriad of opportunities to take part online and in-person. There will be three keynote sessions, 12 breakout sessions, a movie screening and a trivia night.
The 2022 History Conference, organized by Montgomery History in partnership with leading businesses, philanthropies, agencies and organizations, will bring history to life with exciting topics and fresh voices. The keynote presentations will cover the breadth of collective history.
This year’s conference will feature an exploration of Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, the County's namesake, and a remembrance of Rachel Carson, who helped to launch the modern environmental movement, upon the 60th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring.
On Friday night, Jan. 28, Steve Roberts will offer reflections on his late wife and journalist, Cokie, and her love of history and commitment to Montgomery County. The special in-person keynote event will be at the Montgomery College campus in Rockville.
The conference will end with a special showing of Finding Fellowship, an inspirational film by Jason Green that documents the healing power of community and reconciliation that took place in 1968 in Quince Orchard.
Breakout sessions will cover such topics as the Underground Railroad, archaeology, suburban growth in the 1980s, the history of the Potomac community, the Shady Grove Music Fair and rustic roads. A special session with Spanish translation will celebrate Montgomery College's 75th anniversary.
Registration for the conference starts at $25 and offers varying levels of access. Those levels include a $10 student access participation.
A full schedule, session descriptions and more information can be found on the Montgomery History website at https://montgomeryhistory.org/. Questions about the event can by sent to Matt Gagle at MGagle@MontgomeryHistory.org.