Peerless Rockville Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards

Peerless Rockville’s annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the design, maintenance, and preservation of Rockville’s community. The awards showcase exemplary contributions to the City’s quality of life by honoring individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses whose projects, activities, or programs contribute to Rockville’s architectural character and/or cultural heritage.

This year Peerless Rockville will accept nominations until October 10, 2014. Award categories include:

The Kol Shalom Synagogue received a 2013 award for excellence in new design and construction and green design
The Kol Shalom Synagogue was the recipient of a 2013 award for excellence in new design, construction and green design

1. Stewardship of historic property
2. Architect, designer, builder
3. Craftsperson, artist
4. Business, organization, institution
5. Preservation, restoration
6. Rehabilitation, renovation
7. Adaptive use
8.  New design, construction
9.  Green design
10. Compatible infill, addition
11. Landscape design
12. Public art
13. Educational outreach
14. Other

Nominations will also be considered for the Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication honoring outstanding achievements by writers, educators, historians, visual and performing artists, and members of the press and broadcast media whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development. Instituted in 2001, the award is named for Arthur M. Wagman, a founding Peerless Rockville and its attorney for the first thirty years.

Click here for a 2014 Awards Nomination Form. For additional information please send an email to or call  301-762-0096.

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Education and Outreach Manager

Peerless Rockville has a job opening for a part-time Education and Outreach Manager. The Education and Outreach Manager will work with the Executive Director, volunteers and staff to provide community outreach and member support, develop educational exhibits and coordinate programs and events.

For the full job description and additional details please click here.

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Peerless Rockville Hosts Montgomery Co. Heritage Days Event

Heritage Days Lecture & Tours
Saturday, June 28, from 11 am – 4 pm
Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville MD 20850

Dr. B. F. Cooling describes how Gen. Jubal Early spent his days in Montgomery County during the Confederacy’s final invasion of the North in July 1864.  This talk will be held in the Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, in Rockville. Following the lecture, at 12:30 p.m. join a walking tour of Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Rockville, and visit the Montgomery County Historical Society for reenactors, music, and family-friendly activities.  

Click here to view the 2014 Heritage Days Flyer

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Annual Meeting and 40th Anniversary Open House

Please Join Us!

Saturday, June 14 from 11-1 pm
Frieda’s Cottage, 19 Thomas Street, Rockville, MD 20850

On Saturday, June 14, the public is invited to join Peerless friends and supporters for our annual meeting and open house at Frieda’s Cottage on the grounds of Chestnut Lodge. Peerless Rockville restored this 1936 home and office to Frieda Fromm-Reichmann during her years at the sanitarium. The cottage will be open for tours between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and rumor has it that Frieda will stop by to visit and meet with guests. We will also be serving up light refreshments, musical entertainment and cake in celebration of Peerless’ 40 years.

Click here for the 40th Anniversary Flyer

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Peerless Rockville Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. is delighted to welcome new Executive Director Nancy Pickard.

Nancy brings a strong background in historic preservation, planning, and educational programming. Since 2012, she has been with Peerless as Programs Manager, which included producing the popular “Modern Living for a Modern City” program series. Nancy holds a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Penn State, earned Master Degrees in Historic Preservation and Community Planning at the University of Maryland, and has prior experience with preservation and heritage organizations in Howard County. Her appointment as Executive Director was effective on June 2.

Board President Erik Ledbetter noted that the ED Search Committee conducted a national search for Peerless’ next leader. “It is a testament to the quality of Peerless’ staff that we found the best candidate right here at home. The Board of Directors is excited to work with Nancy as we build a best-in-class preservation organization for Rockville which helps foster our city’s growth even as we preserve our memory and heritage.”

Peerless Rockville invites the public to welcome Nancy to her new role at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frieda’s Cottage. In addition to greeting Nancy and holding a brief meeting at 11 a.m. to elect our next Board of Directors, we will also be celebrating Peerless’ 40th Anniversary. The restored 1936 cottage will be open for visitors, with music and light refreshments under tents on the lawn. Winners of the Rockville History and Architecture Photo Scavenger Hunt will be announced, and rumor has it that Frieda will visit that day!

Frieda’s Cottage is located at 19 Thomas Street, on the former Chestnut Lodge property. It is one of three historic properties held in trust and maintained by Peerless Rockville, an award-winning nonprofit, community-based organization that preserves buildings, objects and information important to Rockville’s heritage. For further information about Peerless Rockville and its activities, Rockville history and architecture, and how you can get involved in preserving local historic places, visit or call 301-762-0096.

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