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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