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Summer Concert Series Returns

June 4th will be a very special concert date. Please come for the dedication of the new Howard Avenue Park arbor at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy the music of Dixieland Express!

Wat Stewart started the CONCERT SERIES for the Kensington Historical Society hoping to create an event where the community could come together. He started with a few concerts at the Town Hall and on the grounds of the Warner Manor in the 1990’s. He expanded by creating our SUMMER CONCERT SERIES every Saturday morning throughout the summer. Mr. Stewart passed away in 2011, but the KHS sponsored concerts are carried on through the efforts of Julie O’Malley, Betsy and Mary Stewart and other Society members. The new arbor will be dedicated to Wat Stewart. We are now holding 17 concerts June through September with a different band every week! We’re happy to see that so many neighbors are enjoying them. Our complete concert schedule will be posted here soon.


Join us on TUESDAY, MAY 17th, for the program WINEMAKING IN MARYLAND. We welcome Laura Rhode from Knob Hall Winery to give us some history of winemaking in Maryland. Their website includes the earliest history of their farm: “Over two hundred years ago, four brothers came to America from Germany in search of the American Dream. They first settled outside Lancaster, PA, but the times for that area were very turbulent as this was during the French and Indian War. During an attack on local settlers, one of the women in the party was scalped – and survived. Soon after, the Seibert brothers decided to leave Lancaster in search of more peaceful places. Jacob Seibert settled here, in the Cumberland Valley, beneath the forested slopes of Fairview Mountain. His property was named “Good Neighbor Farm” or “Knob Hall”.” We are again meeting at the Town Hall, Lower Level. Come at 7:00 p.m. for cookies and coffee. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Spring Newsletter Now Online

The Kensington Historical Society’s spring newsletter, About Town, is available online.

2016 March Newsletter pdf.

Are you in Kensington’s Historic District? Learn about Permits and Tax Credits

The handouts from the January 12 Presentation of “Yours, Mine and Ours: A Homeowner’s Guide to the Kensington Historic District” are available here. This is information on the Historic Area Work Permits, tax credits for exterior work available through Montgomery County, and information about Kensington’s Historic District. The County tax credit does not require preapproval but is due on April 1.

Cover.Kensington Historical Society Informational Meeting

1.Historic Preservation Designation Process

2.Historic District Chronology

3.Historic Preservation Terminology Basics

4.Historic Preservation Terminology Basics2

6.Historic Area Work Permit Application Process

7.Process for Reviewinmg Projects in the Kensington Historic District

8.MO CO Historic Preservation Tax Credits

9.Montgomery County Historic Preseration Tax Credits, overview and details.

10.Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit overview and details2

Montgomery Modern – Presentation on Mid-Century Modern Architecture, March 30

Montgomery Modern is a chronicle of mid-century modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland. Located outside the nation’s capital, the county experienced a great post-war building boom, benefiting from access to federal jobs and an alluring natural landscape. A bold, forward-looking design of a new age transformed the county.  The presentation will present award-winning projects ranging from organic custom residences in rugged stream valleys to glass-walled tract houses on wooded sites, from jewel-box offices in new commercial districts to gleaming corporate campus headquarters and exuberant roadside businesses.  Participants will learn about how modern design is a testimony of the optimistic spirit of the mid-20th century as reflected in the county’s built environment and its landscape.

Author Clare Lise Kelly is the Architectural History Specialist at the Montgomery County Planning Department.  Clare received the American Institute of Architects Paul H. Kea medal for Architectural Advocacy (Potomac Valley Chapter) in 2015 and the 2013 Montgomery Prize of Montgomery Preservation, Inc for 25 years of research and education on the county’s architectural history. She is the author of Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County (2001, 2011), a book documenting the county’s historic architecture and settlement, which won a Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Education award.  Clare Lise Kelly has a BS in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and is a founding board member of Docomomo-DC. She established the Montgomery Modern initiative to raise awareness of mid-20th century architecture, earning education awards from the Maryland Historical Trust and Montgomery Preservation, Inc.

This presentation is a joint program with the Kensington Park Friends of the Library and will be on Wednesday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Avenue in the Octagon Room.  Coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m., Program begins at 7:30 p.m.




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.