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Peerless Presents: Revolutionary War-Era History, Juneteenth and Celebrating 50 Years

May and June bring Peerless Rockville presentations about Revolutionary War-era Rockville and a historic Black church’s connection with the fight for emancipation, and a celebration of the historic preservation nonprofit’s 50th anniversary.

Register for the following programs at www.peerlessrockville.org or using the city course number where indicated at www.rockvillemd.gov/registration.

Mary Beth Norton, professor emerita of American history at Cornell University, discusses the events between the Boston Tea Party and the beginnings of the Revolutionary War, in her presentation “1774” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 on Zoom. Free.

The Glenview Mansion and Peerless Rockville Speaker Series presents “50 Years of Peerless Rockville” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive. Peerless Rockville Executive Director Nancy Pickard and past executive director and founder Eileen McGuckian will discuss the organization’s mission, memories, successes and challenges in celebrating Rockville’s history. Register with course #28502. Free.

Peerless Rockville holds its 50th Anniversary Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at historic Glenview Mansion, with dinner, drinks, music, raffles and fellowship. Tickets: $125.

Historian Susan Soderberg presents “Our Local Revolutionary War Patriots: Men of the Hungerford Resolves — June 11, 1774” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, on Zoom. The presentation explores what led 10 men to sign the Hungerford Resolves, who they were, their existing historic houses, what they did in the Revolution, and how they contributed to the newly forming governments of Maryland and Montgomery County. Free.

“Hungerford 250!” from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Courthouse Square, marks 250 years since the Hungerford Resolves with a reading of the resolves and three lectures on the Colonial context of Rockville, the role of taverns in Colonial America and how Colonial events contributed to the formation of our young country. Free.

Join Peerless Rockville at Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church’s Juneteenth Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the church at 21 Wood Lane. As part of the festival, Peerless Rockville will present on the oldest historically Black church in Rockville’s connections to emancipation and its historic stained-glass windows, and on the contributions of Rockville’s own U.S. Colored Troops in Texas in 1865. Presentation times are yet to be determined. Free. Donations encouraged.

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