Jan 22 - 30 2021
2021 Montgomery County History Conference

2021 Montgomery County History Conference

Presented by Montgomery History at Online/Virtual Space

Join Montgomery History from January 22-30, 2021 for the 15th annual Montgomery County History Conference! This year the conference is taking place entirely online over eight days, offering myriad opportunities to take part, including three keynote sessions, twelve breakout sessions, a musical performance, and—new this year—a Trivia Night!

As the events of this year have demonstrated, never before has an understanding of our past been as important to making sense of the present. The 2021 conference gives you an opportunity to hear the stories that will help you answer that age-old question: how did we get here?

Organized in partnership with the county’s leading businesses, philanthropies, agencies, and organizations, the conference brings history to life with exciting topics and fresh voices.​ Whether you are an enthusiast, professional historian, student, teacher, civic leader, or just a resident who wants to better understand your community, the Montgomery County History Conference is for you!

The conference will kick off in style with a Trivia Night, where you will be able to gather with friends and family to test your knowledge of local history and win fun and valuable prizes from local businesses.

Keynote sessions will explore the 17th century settlement of the Potomac frontier, the national movement to remove Confederate statues, and the establishment of the new Josiah Henson Museum.

Breakout sessions will address topics including the history of local Black baseball teams, suburban growth in the 1970s, mid-20th century fashion, conducting genealogy research on enslaved people, the rebirth of Germantown’s Cider Barrel, Georgetown Prep’s fraught relationship with slavery, and much more. For the second year in a row there will be a session in Spanish, focusing on local Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners.

As we close out the conference attendees will have a chance to enjoy a musical performance, interwoven with stories encompassing Maryland’s musical history, from acclaimed musicologist Jake Blount.

Contact Director of Programs Matt Gagle at MGagle@MontgomeryHistory.org for more information or with questions.

View all the session descriptions here! 
View the full schedule here.

Admission Info


$25 Basic Access:
 Includes all three keynotes, the closing performance, and the Trivia Night

$50 Full Access
: Includes everything in the Basic Access package plus your choice of live viewing of four breakout sessions (double the usual content!)

$75 Premier Access (best value!): Includes everything in the Full Access package plus access to recordings of all twelve breakout sessions and all three keynote sessions and the closing performance for 12 months (quadruple the usual content!)

$10 Student Access*: Equivalent to the Full Access package at a student price. *Students must email HistoryConference@MontgomeryHistory.org with proof of student status before registering.

Email: mgagle@montgomeryhistory.org

Dates & Times

2021/01/22 - 2021/01/30

Location Info

Online/Virtual Space