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Recommended Reading

There are numerous resources available to assist you in researching the history of Montgomery County. Listed below are just some of the books that you may find helpful. You may also want to view the websites of the organizations listed in our Links page.

You may wish to visit the library of the Montgomery County Historical Society to further research our historic County. The Jane C. Sween Research Library, located at 42 West Middle Lane in Rockville, is home to 4,400 books, tombstone inscription readings, church and family records, maps, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, census and land records and over 5,000 photographs. The Society’s quarterly publication, Montgomery County Story, includes in-depth articles Montgomery County history and can be purchased at the Society’s museum shop. Public libraries in your own community may also have historic files of interest to you, and the website of the Montgomery County Public Libraries has a searchable catalog online.

Community History

Anderson, Carlotta. A Walking Tour of Glen Echo. Bethesda Communications Group. 2004.

Atay, Joanne and Georgianne Mitchell. The Heart of Goshen, Maryland: Celebrating 300 Years of History. Gateway Press. 2005.

Barroe, Healan and Kristine Stevens. Olney: Echoes of the Past. Family Line Publications. 1993.

Bayley, Ned. Colesville: The Development of a Community, Its People and Its Natural Resources over a Period of Four Centuries. Family Line Publications. 1997.

Boggs, Ardith Gunderman. Goshen, Maryland: A History & Its People. Heritage Books, Inc. 1994.

Cook, Richard and Deborah Lange. Glen Echo Park: A Story of Survival. Bethesda Communications Group. 2000.

Garrett Park, Maryland: A Scrapbook, 1898-1988. Ed. Paul Edlund. Town of Garrett Park, MD. 1988.

Gordon, Irene S. Forest Glen Park Looks Back: 1887-1987. Forest Glen Citizens Association. 1988.

Kytle, Elizabeth. Home on the Canal. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1983.

Kytle, Elizabeth. Time Was: A Cabin John Memory Book. Cabin John Citizens' Association. 1976.

Lampl, Elizabeth Jo and Kimberly Prothro Williams. Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation's Capital. Maryland Historical Trust Press. 1998.

Marsh, Ellen and Mary Anne O'Boyle. Takoma Park: Portrait of a Victorian Suburb - 1883-1983. Historic Takoma, Inc. 1984.

Maury, William M. et al. Kensington: A Picture History. Kensington Business District Association. 1994.

McCoy, Jerry A. and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Historic Silver Spring (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. 2005.

McGuckian, Eileen S. Historical and Architectural Guide to the Rockville Pike. Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. 1997.

Offutt, William. Bethesda: A Social History of the Area through World War Two. The Innovation Game. 1995.

Oshel, Robert E. Home Sites of Distinction: The History of Woodside Park (Silver Spring). Woodside Park Civic Association. 1998.

Sandy Spring Legacy. Ed. Thomas Y. Canby. Sandy Spring Museum. 1999.

Soderberg, Susan. A History of Germantown, Maryland. Published by the author. 1988.

County History

Dwyer, Michael. Montgomery County (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. 2006.

Cavicchi, Clare Lise. Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 2001.

Coleman, Margaret Marshall and Anne Dennis Lewis. Montgomery County: A Pictorial History. The Donning Company/Publishers. 1984.

Farquhar, Roger Brooke. Historic Montgomery County, Maryland: Old Homes and History. Monumental Printing Company. 1952.

Hiebert, Ray Eldon and Richard K. MacMaster. A Grateful Remembrance: The Story of Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County Government and Montgomery County Historical Society. 1976.

Hill, Warrick S. Before Us Lies the Timber: The Segregated High School of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1927-1960. Bartleby Press. 2003.

Hurley, William N. Montgomery County, Maryland, Families: A Collection of Genealogies of Early Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, Vol. 1. Heritage Books, Inc. 2004.

Sween, Jane C. Montgomery County: Two Centuries of Change. Windsor Publications, Inc. 1984.

Understanding Historic Preservation

Blumenson, John J.G. Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms: 1600-1945. W. W. Norton & Company. 1990.

Department of the Interior. The Preservation of Historic Architecture: The U.S. Government's Official Guidelines for Preserving Historic Homes. The Lyons Press. 2004.

Harris, Cyril M. Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture. Dover Publications. 1983.

Heritage Preservation. Caring for Your Historic House. Harry N. Abrams. 1998.

McAlester, Virginia and Lee McAlester. A Field Guide to American Houses. Knopf. 1984.

Murtagh, William J. Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America. Wiley. 2005.

National Park Service. Federal Historic Preservation Laws: The Official Compilation of U. S. Cultural Heritage Statutes. National Park Service. 2006.

A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Robert E. Stipe. The University of North Carolina Press. 2003.

Tyler, Norman. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice. W. W. Norton & Company. 1999.