Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 to see a small train and trolley display and hear a presentation on the Kensington Trolley line. Chris and Ed Hyland from the Bantrak Club will tell stories related to the trolleys as well as the history of the line. The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, in Kensington, on the ground floor. Visit with neighbors for coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m. then enjoy the Program at 7:30 p.m..
The annual Day of the Book Festival is back again on Sunday, April 26th, 11 am to 4 pm on Howard Avenue. Stop by the KHS table to see our display, join the Society or renew your membership, volunteer, pick up a Walking Tour of Kensington, or purchase a Kensington mug!
For more information on all the participants, activities, live music, food, and more, go to dayofthebook.com.
2nd Annual Kensington Car Show: Sunday, April 12 (rain date April 19), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 3794 Howard Avenue
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Kensington Car Show! Antique and modern cars will be on display from 10am to 4pm on Howard Avenue in downtown Kensington. Activities for the whole family will include face painting, balloons, a clown, and a Monster Truck. Enjoy music by The Nighthawks and King Soul, delicious food from The Broken Fork and Corned Beef King. The Kensington Historical Society is a sponsor of the show and will have a display of photos of antique Kensington vehicles, so be sure to stop by.
Online registration ends April 10th but you can register your car or motorcycle at the show. Trophies and awards for Best in Show & Top 25 Cars & Motorcycles. See kensingtoncarshow.com for more information.
Proceeds go to the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation.
APRIL 28: Chris and Ed Hyland from the Bantrak Club will have a small train and trolley display and will speak on the Kensington Trolley line. You’ll enjoy the stories related to the trolleys as well as the history of the line.
JUNE 2: MAKE MORE NOYES! Come to learn more about the history of the Noyes Library. Get an update on the progress of the rehabilitation including access for people with physical disabilities. Have you ever wondered what a Penny Theater is? Now’s your chance to find out!
MEETING DETAILS - All are welcome at KHS programs. These are held at the Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, in Kensington, on the ground floor. There will be coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Program at 7:30, and a brief business meeting.
The KHS Spring Newsletter is now available online.
The meeting tonight is cancelled because of predicted bad weather today and this evening. Please check back for information on a re-scheduled meeting where the Make More Noyes! program will take place.
Come to learn more about the history of the Noyes Library. Get an update on the progress of the rehabilitation including access for people with physical disabilities. Have you ever wondered what a Penny Theater is? Now’s your chance to find out! Come to the Tuesday, March 3rd KHS meeting!
The presentation will be at the Kensington Town Hall at 3710 Mitchell St. on the ground floor. There will be coffee and cookies at 7:00 pm followed by the Program at 7:30, and a brief business meeting.
The Montgomery Parks Departments held a Workshop on Kensington’s Historic Buildings. Their focus was on Noyes Library, the Warner Circle, and Kensington Cabin. This was an opportunity for interested residents to brainstorm about uses, restoration, and coordination of activities for all three. More than 80 people attended and shared their thoughts with great enthusiasm. The Parks Department has compiled a preliminary list and put it on their website under Park Stewardship, Cultural Resource Stewardship, Kensington Historic Buildings, meeting notes.
See the link for summary information on the workshop: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ Cultural_Resources_Stewardship/heritage/documents/ kensington.hist.bldgs.workshop.comments-1.31.15.pdf
The KHS Newsletter for the summer of 2014 is now online.
John Farrell writes biographies from his home in Kensington. He is the author of award-winning books on former House Speaker Tip O’Neill and the great American lawyer, Clarence Darrow, and is currently working on a biography of Richard Nixon. He is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, and a contributor to the Atlantic, US News and National Journal. He has also labored as a newspaperman in Washington, honored for his coverage of the White House and of Congress for The Boston Globe. He has probably apologized to most of you at one time or the other for the behavior of his moronic Australian Shepherd, Charlie.
Kensington was an idyllic, shady village on the heights above Rock Creek in the Victorian and Edwardian era, but great social forces were tearing the rest of the country apart. What was it like in the working class tenements of Chicago during the Gilded Age? Or in the coal mines of Appalachia, the hard rock mining towns of Colorado and Idaho, or the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco where the clash between labor and management was fought with dynamite and rifle fire? One American lawyer – Clarence Darrow – made his name in those struggles, and went on to champion the little guy in landmark cases concerning capital punishment, civil rights and scientific freedom.
Books will be for sale.
Please join us on October 14th at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, Lower Level. Coffee at 7:00 and Program at 7:30. All are welcome!