Upcoming Events



Rockville: Portrait of  City
Thursday, December 14
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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History Comes Alive: Rockville Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 7
$15 Members/$20Non-Members
Presented by Rockville Cemetery Association and Peerless Rockville

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Join us on Saturday, October 7 for a nighttime tour of Rockville Cemetery and see local historical characters come to life by moonlight in Rockville’s oldest cemetery!

This special tour will feature costumed actors portraying local characters from the 1790s to the 1940s. Experience the historic Upper Cemetery in a new way, and meet cemetery residents who will tell real, haunting, poignant stories of their lives. Refreshments will be served. Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to see this beautiful, historic cemetery at night!

This is an all-terrain tour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight for this event. No flash photography, please.

Respond quickly — Participation is limited and advanced reservations are required!

Tickets are $15 for Peerless Rockville members, $20 for non-members.

Rockville: From Farmland to Community
October 12, 2017 7pm
Glenview Mansion

A Case Study of Five Neighborhoods
A special presentation to look at the unique transition of farmland into five, thriving neighborhoods in Rockville. The neighborhood examples include the first neighborhood of Williamsburgh, historic West End Park, Anderson Farm/College Gardens, Hurley/Carter Farm, and King Farm. A rare collection of historic photographs, drawings, early plans, portraits, buildings and recent neighborhood plans will be presented to describe the transition of family farms into a unique collection of neighborhoods 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

Service Day: Haiti Cemetery Clean-Up
Saturday, October 28 10 am – 2 pm
Haiti Cemetery

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Peerless Rockville is looking for volunteers to help us clean up and beautify Haiti Cemetery on Service Day, October 28 at 10 am.

Join Peerless Rockville, Peerless members, and volunteers from the Montgomery County Police Department and Haiti community as we work to clean up one of Rockville’s historic cemeteries.

This important piece of Rockville heritage is in need of some community attention and hard work to help beautify the property, protect the graves and gravestones, and remove overgrowth, branches, leaves, and other debris.

Dress for the weather and bring gloves, rakes, clippers, and other yard work tools. Individuals with trucks for to haul debris are especially appreciated.

This event has been pre-approved for Montgomery County Student Service Learning hours. (Under 12 years old volunteers accepted with parent/guardian.)

Past Events

Peerless Rockville Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 2017 6:30 pm
Glenview Mansion
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Please join us for light fare and refreshments, as we celebrate the successes of the past year. Members will vote in new directors and officers to the Board. At 7 pm, after the meeting, City of Rockville Horticulturalist Rob Orndorff will provide an illustrated presentation of the mansion’s grounds, followed by tours of its beautiful gardens.

Rosenwald Screening
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove
$5 (Click here to buy a ticket)

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Remembering the Carver Years
Friday, April 21, 2017 6:30 pm
Carver Educational Services Building
Rockville, MD 20850

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During the era of segregation and separate but unequal schools, it took until the beginning of the 20th century to even establish a secondary school for African-American students in Montgomery County. This long, challenging journey from a three-room Rosenwald school, to Lincoln High School culminated in Carver High School and Junior College in 1951, the first modern high school (and first and only junior college). Carver was a beloved institution that provided a quality education and strong community to its students.

Join teachers and alumni in the auditorium of the Carver building, now known as Carver Educational Services Center, to hear why Carver is so significant in Rockville history and so special to those who spent time there. We will also visit the cafeteria, which has been restored to its mid-century condition and features an educational exhibit.

Panel Moderated by Eileen McGuckian

Stories of Desegregation Panel
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7 pm
Rockville City Hall Mayor & Council Chambers
Rockville, MD 20850

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The Supreme Court decision Brown vs Board of Education in 1954 ordered the desegregation of American public schools, changing the face of American education across the country.

In Maryland, Montgomery County was the first county to desegregate, following the City of Baltimore. Come learn what the experiences of desegregation were like here in Rockville and Montgomery County. Hear the stories of those who lived it as teachers, students and administrators.

Featuring former educator and Congresswoman Connie Morella as panel moderator.

Legal Trailblazers: Maryland’s First Female Lawyers
May 16,  6 pm
Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library
Rockville, MD 20850
Free; $5 Recommended

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Women were not officially permitted to practice law in Maryland until 1902. However, the history of women acting as lawyers in Maryland dates back to the earliest decades of colonial America. Join Peerless Rockville, the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, and the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association to listen to Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia, editor of Finding Justice, tell the remarkable story of how women overcame historical obstacles—legal, social, and economic—to enter the legal profession and how their pioneering work has influenced the practice of law and society at large.

Attorneys Rebecca Strandberg and Jo Fogel will speak on recently passed local pioneers Honorable Rosalyn Bell and Master Rita Rosencrantz.

Introduction by Honorable Anne Albright.

Thurgood Marshall and William Gibbs: Civil Rights in Rockville
April 1, 2017 10 am
Grand Courtroom of the Historic Red Brick Courthouse
Rockville, MD 20850

In 1937, renowned Civil Rights attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall represented William Gibbs, a Rockville principal suing for equal pay for black teachers. Honorable Patrick L. Woodward will discuss the case and Professor Larry S. Gibson will explain how this local civil rights hero helped set the stage for Marshall’s further legal work against discrimination.

The Ecosystem of the Home: Solar and Sustainable
April 8, 2017 10 am
201 West Gude Drive
Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center
Rockville, MD 20850
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Join Peerless Rockville and Pepco for a tour of the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center for Earth Month!

WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s winning entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water. A living classroom and laboratory for sustainable energy and water practices, the visit includes hands-on, interactive displays that educate visitors with energy-saving ideas you can apply in your own home.

The Pepco Watershed Sustainability will be open on a weekend for this special event – take this unique opportunity to visit and learn about cutting-edge technological solutions to achieve high efficiency performance in an affordable manner.

Due to limited space, registration is required.

The Rise of Separate but Unequal Schools
Saturday, March 11
1 pm
Jerusalem – Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
21 Wood Lane
Rockville, MD

This illustrated presentation will cover the early years of segregated schools in Rockville  and Montgomery County after the Civil War through the first high school for African American students in the early 20th century, with a focus on inherent inequalities in supposedly “separate but equal” schools for blacks. The local community  worked to provide education until Maryland established segregated public schools in 1872. Later, Rosenwald schools supported the first county high school for blacks in Rockville.

The Experience of Emancipation in Maryland
Friday, February 24, 7 pm
Rockville Memorial Library

February 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of a petition from 20 Rockville men pledging to fund a school and teacher to educate black children in 1867. Learn about these brave men and early efforts in black education with an exhibit and reception at our series kick-off at Rockville Memorial Library.

The 1867 petition occurred only a few years after emancipation under the new State Constitution of 1864 that freed slaves throughout Maryland. What did emancipation actually mean for the newly freed slaves? Morgan State University Professor David Taft Terry, Ph.D, will explain the changes, challenges, and opportunities emancipation brought to daily life in Maryland.

What’s Past is Always Present – A Guided Walk in Rockville Cemetery

Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Rockville Cemetery
1350 Baltimore Rd
Rockville, MD 20851
$10 to Peerless Members, $15 to Non-Members

Discover notable people from the past on a tour guided by historian Eileen McGuckian through beautiful and historic Rockville Cemetery.  Names you see on street signs, schools, book covers, and histories have been inscribed here from the 1750s into the 21st century.  Buried in Rockville Cemetery are generations of famous and lesser-known people….  all notable.  Attitudes about remembrance, grave markers, and burial practices have evolved over the centuries in this colonial, rural, and lawn cemetery.

Co-sponsored by Peerless Rockville and Rockville Cemetery Association, this tour costs $15 for the general public and $10 for Peerless members.  As it is limited to 40 people, please reserve your spot with Peerless Rockville at or 301-762-0096 or through Eventbrite. Contact Peerless for the member coupon code or to become a member. Confirmation will include parking arrangement and starting point.  Wear good walking shoes for paved roads and uneven ground.  Tour will go in sunny weather or light sprinkles; in case of storms, tour is postponed to Sunday morning, at the same time.  For further information, see

The Struggle for Educational Opportunity: William Gibbs and the Equalization of Teacher Salaries
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse

Presentation by Professor Alonzo Smith

The hard won achievements of advancement in educational equality were accomplished by brave people willing to step forward and take risks. One of these was William Gibbs, Jr, an African-American grade school principal who, with the support of the Rockville black community, filed a court case in 1936. His legal battle to receive the same pay as white teachers was one of Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights cases and started a movement that reverberated throughout Maryland. Come and hear the story of this civil rights pioneer who dared to struggle and win.


Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt with Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7 pm
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse

For the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) commissioned a quilt to visualize the stories of people, places, and events in every Maryland county and Baltimore City before, at the time of, or after the ratification of Article 24. The Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt, designed by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither, fiber artist and quilt designer, is currently on display at the Red Brick Courthouse. Peerless Rockville welcomes Dr. Gaither as she shares the stories depicted from all over Maryland and discusses how over 400 people and 20 organizations volunteered more than 6,000 hours to create the quilt. Dr. Gaither encourages guests to celebrate their own personal histories and stories as part of a collective narrative and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come.

You Don’t Have to Be an Expert: Genealogical Research and Linking Common Ancestors Through Photos
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10 am
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
Free to Peerless Members, $5 to Non-Members

Learn about using technology to research your family and analyze family photos. This presentation will highlight free on-line genealogical tools and trial versions of photo software for analyzing historic photos, presented by a researcher who has used these resources to trace seven generations of her Rockville family. A comprehensive list of free resources will be provided. RSVP today!

Heritage Days
Saturday, June 25, 2016 10 am – 4 pm
Red Brick Courthouse,
Exhibit: 10 am-4 pm
Walking Tour at 11 am and 1 pm

A special open house at the Red Brick Courthouse from 10 am to 4 pm. Walking tours of historic Rockville will depart at 11 am and 1 pm. Inside, view a special exhibition of some of Peerless Rockville’s historic collections, including artifacts from Hungerford’s Tavern. Items and pictures in this collection are rarely on exhibit and include objects you can touch!

First Communities of Rockville: Quality Hill
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse,
Lecture: 9:30 am-12 pm
Walking Tour at 11 am
Admission: $10 Peerless Members/$15 Non-Members

Presented by John Carter and Hannelore Quigley.

A special presentation and walking tour of Quality Hill, one of Rockville’s earliest communities. Concentrated along both sides of West Montgomery Avenue and Adams Street, Quality Hill traces its roots to the 1784 division of 45 acres of land into Rockville’s first streets, lots and blocks. This unique genealogical and historical presentation will trace families from the surrounding farmland as they move in to Rockville during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These families, their homes, churches, and institutions left a lasting imprint on the city we know today. Join us to uncover the history of early Rockville through the eyes of the descendants of these first families. An hour-long, narrated walking tour will begin at the Red Brick Courthouse and showcase the historic family homes of Quality Hill as well as the churches and institutions that formed the complete community.

Lessons from Leopold: Suburbanization Along Watts Branch
Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:30 pm
Rockville Senior Center,
1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville

April is Earth Month! Peerless Rockville, the City of Rockville Department of Public Works, and guest lecturers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and College Park will explore the environmental history and modern environmental management of the Watts Branch watershed in Rockville. We’ll learn about the groundbreaking work of geomorphologist and hydrologist Luna Leopold, whose thirty-year study of Watts Branch documented the transformation from farmland to suburbs. Lessons from Leopold continue to inform on today’s environmental policies.

Chamber of Commerce Mix and Mingle
Thursday, February 25, 2016 5-7 pm
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD
Free for Chamber Members/$20 for Non-Members

Enjoy the old courthouse venue while mingling with other business professionals. Food and beverage is being provided by local restaurant Ev & Maddy’s. Click here to register.

Window Restoration Workshop
Saturday October 10, 2015 10 am
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD

Let’s talk old window/door restoration and how to get these architectural gems working, energy efficient, and looking beautiful again. Neil Mozer of Mozer Works, Inc. will share his expertise about how to professionally restore your old windows and doors for another lifetime of service. Besides window removal, jamb preparation and re-hanging other key topics will include stripping, sanding, sash stabilization, weatherstripping, re-glazing, and painting.

Fearless Legal Trailblazer: Vivian Simpson
October 20, 2015 6:00-7:30 pm
Law Library, 50 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD
Free (RSVP)

In the 1920s, Vivian Simpson (1903-1987) overcame discriminatory obstacles to become the first female attorney in Montgomery County. She practiced in Rockville until her retirement in 1980. Join Peerless Rockville and the Montgomery County Law Library to learn about this remarkable woman, view an exhibit on her life, and hear the remembrances of her colleagues. Wine and cheese will be served. RSVP: or call 301-762-0096.

Microcosm of Montgomery County: 200 Years of Education in Rockville
November 10, 2015 7 pm
Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD

Join us as Peerless member Ralph Buglass presents an enlightening slideshow on the 200 year history of
education in Rockville – from the earliest days of private education for the wealthy to universal free public education of today. In many ways, education in Rockville mirrors its development throughout the county.

Return to Glenview & Peerless Rockville Awards of Excellence
November 20, 2015
Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD
Members: $40, Non-Members: $50

This fall, Peerless Rockville returns to Glenview Mansion! Join us as we gather together with the Rockville Swing Band for a night of celebration, music, hors d’oeuvres, and adult beverages. We’ll also honor the recipients of our 36th annual Peerless Awards of Excellence that recognize residents, businesses, architects, and others whose work contributes to Rockville’s unique character.

Heritage Bike and Walking Tours
Saturday September 12, Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD

Join Peerless Rockville and volunteers from the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee for a bike tour of Rockville historical sites. Leaving from the Red Brick Courthouse at 10 am, the tour will visit sites such as Dawson Farm Park, the Beall-Dawson House, and Rockville Cemetery. Riders must wear helmets, bring water bottles, and have bikes in good working order! All skill levels welcome but riders should be age 10 or over.RSVP to or call 301-762-0096 by September 9.
Walking tours of the Courthouse Square Historic District will depart from the Red Brick Courthouse at 11 am and 1 pm. (No need to RSVP!)

Lincoln Park: Changes, Challenges, and Conservation
Saturday April 11, Lincoln Park Community Center, 12pm-2pm
357 Frederick Avenue, Rockville, MD

Lincoln Park, a historically black community, was established outside Rockville in 1891 and expanded to its current size in 1924. Rockville annexed Lincoln Park in July 1949, but city services such as streetlights and water mains only arrived in 1956. During segregation, several black schools in the community served black students from both Rockville and Montgomery County. The unique history of this neighborhood can be seen in the modest houses and vernacular architecture of the homes.

On the Go: Rockville Pike and Car Culture
Saturday, April 25, Rockville Senior Center Dining Room, 10am-12pm
1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD

Rockville Pike is booming – growing denser , taller, and more urban. Since the late 19th century, the “Pike” has had periods of growth and development, taking a quantum leap during the 1950s and 1960s when Rockville experienced unprecedented population growth, widespread suburbanization, and commercialization of the roadside strip. Much of Rockville’s impressive postwar growth was driven by the use of the automobile and “car culture” – car dealerships, fast food restaurants, shopping centers, food stores, and a myriad of convenient and easily located related services.

Rockshire: Environmental Planning in Suburbia
Saturday, May 16th, Rockshire Community Room, 10am – 12pm
2351 Wootton Parkway (Rockshire Community Pool), Rockville, MD

Rockshire is an innovative neighborhood of large modern homes that met the environmental challenge of construction in an environmentally sensitive area. Individual subdivisions were clustered to either side of the Watts Branch floodplain and comprise a coherent neighborhood showcasing 1970s era homes along the park spine.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits Workshop
Tuesday, February 24, from 7 pm – 9 pm
Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850

Join staff from the Maryland Historical Trust, Montgomery County Planning Department, and the City of Rockville to learn how you can apply for tax credits for renovation work. Featuring presentations by Melissa Archer of MHT, Historic Preservation Supervisor Scott Whipple of the Montgomery Planning Department, and City of Rockville Historic Preservation Planner Sheila Bashiri.

Holiday Open House & Awards Ceremony
Sunday, December 7, from 1 pm – 5 pm
Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850

This year’s holiday open house will kick-off with Peerless’ 35th Annual Awards Ceremony at 1 pm. Peerless’ awards program honors individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to Rockville’s heritage. Following the awards, enjoy fellowship with Peerless’ members, performances by the Montgomery College Jazz Combo, and hors d’oeuvres from our sponsors.

Montgomery County Service Day – Old Baptist Cemetery Clean Up
Saturday, October 25, from 9 am – 12pm
115 West Jefferson St

With volunteers from the Montgomery County Police Department and the general community, Peerless raked leaves, trimmed ivy, and cleared a dozen bags of debris from the cemetery grounds. Eileen McGuckian and Fred Bird led a short workshop on cleaning and levelling historic gravestones. Volunteers scrubbed several markers, removing staining and revealing the inscriptions.

Heritage Day Event
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.  

Annual Meeting and 40th Anniversary Open House

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.

Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 1 from 1-4 pm
Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 1-4 pm, Peerless Rockville will host a Holiday Open House at the historic Red Brick Courthouse. Free to all, this event is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with members of the community, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, hot cider, live music, and holiday decorations. Peerless will also have the gift shop open where guests can find many unique gifts related to Rockville’s heritage.

2 Responses to Events

  1. Dianna says:

    Just a correction you show the event for Dec 7th, which is a Sunday not Saturday.

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