4th Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

Begun in 2018, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk is an annual local community event that weaves together neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. All neighbors are welcome! Come join us in shining our lights in the darkness, promoting unity over division, remembering the past and taking steps toward a brighter future.

Tour of National Park Seminary

Take a guided walking tour of the enchanting historic National Park Seminary, once a private women’s school, then Walter Reed’s rehabilitation center, and now a unique residential community. Tour starts at 2747 Linden Lane, Silver Spring at 1 pm and lasts 2 hours. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.saveourseminary.org/tours to reserve your space.

Juneteenth Concert by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices is excited to partner with the Alexandria Black History Museum to present the ensemble’s first-ever Juneteenth Celebration! Jubilee Voices will mark the date that slavery was fully abolished throughout the United States with music, stories, and cultural traditions reflected through the history of the African American experience locally and in … Read more

History of Sugarloaf Mountain: the Singular History of a Singular Mountain

Join Ralph Buglass for a presentation about Maryland’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain! It is mountain laurel season! Are you thinking of Marylanders’ favorite mountain? Take off your hiking boots and rest your feet while enjoying a presentation by Ralph Buglass about the history of Sugarloaf Mountain. Login at https://mcpl.events/sugarloaf-mountain Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural … Read more

In Search of the Lost Souls of “Silver Spring”

It was a mild 61 degrees and a little before 8 p.m., April 17, 1917, when members of the Columbia Historical Society began to stream into the Gold Room of the Shoreham Hotel at the corner of 15th and H St., N.W., in Washington, D.C. Scheduled to speak that evening was Maj. Gist Blair, whose talk was titled “Silver Spring.” Blair was the grandson of Silver Spring’s founder, Francis Preston Blair, Sr., advisor to U.S. presidents from Andrew Jackson to Ulysses S. Grant, and son of Montgomery Blair, United States Postmaster General during the first term of President Abraham Lincoln.