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The Montgomery Historical Society is hosting their 10th  Annual History Conference on Saturday, January 30.  This year’s conference will feature a full day of sessions on such topics as archeology, 20th century suburbs, immigration, architecture, social clubs, and much more. And for the first time, a beer and wine reception is included in the registration.  This day-long gathering includes workshops, presentations, and panel discussions covering a wide range of topics within the realm of local history. 

The conference will be at the Bioscience Education Center at Montgomery College, Germantown (20200 Observation Dr. Germantown, MD 20876).

See information on the conference schedule and registration at:



Learn about the importance of the Historic District to your community! 

Please join us for an informational meeting January 12th at the Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, Lower Level.  Coffee 7:00 pm, Speakers 7:30.

Are you a property owner within the Kensington Historic District who is unsure of what is and is not permitted when you want to make changes to your home or property?  Are you aware of the substantial tax credits available for work that maintains and preserves all homes in the district?  Join us for an evening of enlightenment and affirmation about what it means to own, and to be a steward of, a residential property in the historic district.  Learn how and why Kensington came to have a National Register historic district that is also on the Montgomery County Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites. A panel of local and county experts will be present to help demystify the Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) approval process and what work qualifies for tax credits, and to address your questions and concerns:

  • Scott Whipple, Supervisor of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office, M-NCPPC 
  • Julie O’Malley, President of the Kensington Historical Society and former Chair of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation (HPC)
  • William Kirwan, Current Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
  • Moderator: Helen Crettier Wilkes, Kensington historic home owner, residential architect, and Chair of the Kensington Local Advisory Panel (LAP) 

Now You Can Join KHS or Renew Your Membership Online!

It’s easy and convenient to join the Kensington Historical Society or renew your membership online!  Just click on the “Support KHS” tab at the top of the web page and you can see the benefits of membership, choose your membership category, and sign up with a credit card or Paypal.

Upcoming KHS Program Nov. 17 – Second Battle of Gettysburg

NOVEMBER 17th, TUESDAY, 7 pm. Town Hall, Lower Level, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington James Rada Jr. will discuss his new book THE LAST TO FALL: THE 1922 MARCH, BATTLES, & DEATHS OF U.S. MARINES AT GETTYSBURG  (written with Richard Fulton).  In 1922, the largest army since the Civil War marched through Montgomery County on its way to Gettysburg to re-fight the Civil War.  On both the march to and return from Gettysburg, the Marines stayed overnight in Bethesda (on the Corby Estate) and in North Gaithersburg.  Their week-long march allowed them to interact with the public along the way and seek out any living Civil War veterans to invite to the maneuvers.  Tragically, two marines in this group would die on the battlefield when their bi-plane crashed as part of the military exercises in Gettysburg.  Please join us on Nov 17th for this fascinating story of the “second battle” of Gettysburg.  Photos will bring this to life.  Mr. Rada will be available to sign his book and will have copies for sale.  The meeting will be at the Town Hall and is open to the public.  Coffee and refreshments will be served at 7 pm and the Program will start at 7:30, followed by the business meeting.

Kensington Concerts Continue into Fall

Scrub Pines has been rescheduled for Oct. 24.  So the Kensington Summer Concert Series takes over October. . . 

Our three make-up concerts are:

Oct. 10 – 2nd Story Band (folk, blues, alternative & world beat)
Oct. 17 – ellen cherry (spunky pop)
Oct. 24 - Scrub Pines (traditional Americana)
If you want to check out their music or where else they’re playing:


All concerts will continue to be at the Howard Avenue Park across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station.

KHS Fall Newsletter Now Online

The KHS Fall Newsletter is online, with all the Fall events.

See:  2015 KHS Fall Newsletter

Labor Day Weekend Events

There are plenty of fun things to do in Kensington this weekend!

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – GP Jams plays eclectic folk pop at 10 a.m. at Howard Avenue Park.

PAINT THE TOWN -  all 3 days at Kensington Town Hall.


LABOR DAY FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. along Antique Row.  The Kensington Historical Society festival table will be near the intersection of Armory and Knowles Avenues.  Stop by and see us!


Mark Your Calendars for September 12 & 13 – Model Train Show Returns!



When:  Saturday & Sunday – September 12 and 13, 2015, from 11am-5pm

Where:  Kensington Armory/Town Hall – 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD

Admission:  $5 adults; $2 children; $10 family

This event benefits the Kensington Historical Society and the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation.

More info:


Don’t forget the Saturday concert at the Howard Avenue Park, across from the Train Station, before the Train Show on Saturday.  Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin are playing their country music at 10 a.m.  The remaining concerts in the KHS Free Summer Concert Series are listed in an announcement below.


Summer Concerts Continue…Into the Fall!

The Free Summer Concert Series continues every Saturday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park, across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station.  All three rained out concerts have been rescheduled for October.  The remaining concerts are:

Sept. 5          GP Jams ~ Eclectic folk pop

Sept. 12        Ruthie & Greg Hardin (of Ruthie & the Wranglers) Country

Sept. 19        Janine Wilson & Max Evans~ Rock/roots/blues

Sept. 26        Angie & Carlos Munhoz ~ Brazilian jazz 

Oct. 3            Scrub Pines ~ Traditional Americana

Oct.10          2nd Story Band ~ Folk, blues, alternative & world beat

Oct. 17         ellen cherry ~  Spunky pop 

The full schedule for Summer 2015 is at:  2015 KHS Concert Schedule corrected

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off – Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.

The Kensington Historical Society’s Free Summer Concert Series is back again!  Enjoy live music each Saturday from 10-11 am through September 26 at the Howard Avenue Park across from the Kensington Farmers’ Market at the Train Station.   June 6 is the Wat Stewart Memorial Concert featuring  Dixieland Express playing New Orleans traditional jazz.  The June concerts are listed below and the  flyer for the season is available here:  2015 KHS Concert Schedule4

June 6          Wat Stewart Memorial Concert:  Dixieland Express ~ New Orleans traditional jazz

June 13        Mystic Warriors ~ World music from the Andes

June 20        Cumberland Run ~ Countrybilly        

June 27        Scrub Pines ~ Traditional Americana