Spring Events Highlight Modern Living in Rockville

Sleek and Stylish Modern Home in Hungerford

Sleek and Stylish Modern Home in Hungerford

The dynamic growth of Rockville from a rural county seat in the 1930s to a thriving modern city at the close of the 20th century helped shaped its unique identity. The town transformed as an explosive postwar housing boom brought new residents, new architectural styles and modern amenities with each innovative development. This generation of residents, developers, and civic leaders ushered in an era of growth and change as they called for modern planning, policies and amenities.

Peerless Rockville invites you to learn more about this dynamic period of development as we continue our popular “Modern Living for a Modern City” series. Much as the Victorian period of earlier years brought grand homes and distinctive architecture to our community, the postwar era with its neighborhoods of modest homes, sleek modern architecture and forward thinking planning has also left a lasting imprint for Rockville to embrace. Through illustrated presentations and guided walks, Peerless will explore the histories of Rockcrest, Hungerford and College Gardens, three vibrant neighborhoods of Rockville’s recent past.

 To learn more about these communities, plan to attend one or all three of the upcoming events where local researchers, planners, historians and residents will offer a glimpse into the early development of these neighborhoods and share important milestones of their growth. All events are free and open to the public.

 Rockcrest, featuring Jessica Reynolds, economic development professional and Rockville Historic District Commissioner, 10 am on Saturday, March 29, at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway.

Hungerford, presented by historian and author, Teresa Lachin, 10 am on Saturday, April 12, at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Lane.

College Gardens, with Nancy Pickard, Programs Manager at Peerless Rockville, 10 am on Saturday, April 26, at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive.

Additional information about this series can be viewed on our events page.

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Welcome Back Eileen!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Eileen McGuckian, our founding Executive Director, who has kindly returned to us as our Interim ED. Eileen will keep Peerless humming along while we recruit a new permanent leader for our organization.  She is in the office daily, and stands ready to help with member service, research, and other needs.  Feel free drop her a line at director@peerlessrockville.org and welcome her back!

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Glenview Mansion Ornament

Glenview Mansion Ornament

Glenview Mansion Ornament

Peerless Rockville is proud to launch the fifth Peerless Places Commemorative Ornament highlighting local historic landmarks. The beautifully crafted ornament features Rockville’s Glenview Mansion. Proceeds benefit Peerless’ educational programs and preservation work.

Glenview has been exquisitely recreated in miniature, capturing the details of the mansion. This wonderful 2½” high, gold-plated souvenir will be offered in a limited edition. Packaged in a handsome gift box with a descriptive card, this ornament will be treasured for generations to come.

Peerless member price $21.95; non-member $26.95. Ornaments are available for pickup at Peerless Rockville at our Holiday Open House on December 1, 2013 or by mail after December 2, 2013.

Please see order form for more details or click here to purchase online.

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17th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Saturday, October 26
9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler will be presented the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature at this one-day annual event. He will read from his work, lead a writing workshop and have a book signing. Special Guest Speaker R. Clifton Spargo, author of “Beautiful Fools, The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald” will lead a talk. A feature of this year’s festival is the screenings of the 1949 and 1974 film versions of “The Great Gatsby” followed by a panel of film critics consisting of Michael Dirda, Jane Horwitz, Murray Horwitz and Bob Mondello comparing these film versions to the 2013 film adaptation. Writing workshops in fiction, mystery/thriller, poetry and memoir led by Alan Cheuse, James Grady, Merrill Leffler and E. Ethelbert Miller are designed for emerging and established writers.  For more information, please visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/fsfitzgeraldconference for a detailed schedule of workshops and events.

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Peerless Rockville’s 2013 Awards Ceremony

Rockville City Police Department

Rockville City Police Department

Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm
Red Brick Courthouse
Free

Peerless Rockville will host its 34th annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm. The awards program honors individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Rockville’s heritage. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please come and join us in honoring these individuals and impressive projects.  After the ceremony, we invite you to tour the new Police Station with Chief of Police Terry Treschuk.

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