Act Now! Chestnut Lodge Park – Name Nomination Deadline January 19th!

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The City of Rockville is asking for public help naming the future park located at 500 W. Montgomery Ave, the former site of the historic Woodlawn Hotel and Chestnut Lodge. Read more about the history of Chestnut Lodge here. As … Continue reading

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Rockville: Portrait of a City talk

Rockville: Portrait of City
Thursday, December 14 7 pm
Glenview Mansion

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An illustrated journey by Eileen McGuckian in 60 minutes through time presenting Rockville’s evolution from a small colonial crossroads village to today’s vibrant city, a center of commerce, and our home town.

Eileen McGuckian is the author of six books on Rockville history. After a quarter century as executive director of Peerless Rockville, she continues to research local history and advocate for preservation of historic places.

Signed copies of “Portrait of a City” will be available for purchase.

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Presentation at 7 pm; come earlier to browse Peerless’ historic and Rockville-themed gift shop for holiday presents and tour the decorated mansion!

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Congratulations to the 2017 Peerless Award Winners

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On November 3, Peerless celebrated wonderful achievement in Rockville with our 38th Annual Awards. Michael Bobbitt, the Carey Smith Trio, and costumed actors from Rockville Little Theatre helped us bring Old Hollywood to life at Glenview mansion for a glamorous … Continue reading

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Peerless Closed for Veterans Day

The office will be closed on Friday, November 10 for Veterans Day. We’ll be open again on Monday! Peerless Rockville salutes all who have served their country.

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Underground Railroad in Rockville

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In Their Steps: Underground Railroad
October 25, 2017 7 pm
Rockville Memorial Library
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Josiah Henson—Rockville native and the inspiration for the title character in Uncle Tom’s Cabin—risked all for freedom on the 19th century Underground Railroad. Learn about his life, and those of other local freedom fighters, such as Ann Maria Weems, who fled slavery in Rockville disguised as a boy. Hear the story of two sisters from a prominent Rockville family, who were divided on the issue of slavery, and exemplified the schisms amongst slaveholders that ignited the fiery Civil War.

Tony Cohen of the Menare Foundation will present an illustrated history of our local Underground Railroad, including documents, photos and artifacts related to slavery and escape in Rockville.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Library – Rockville Chapter

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