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Peerless Presents the B&O Railroad, Rockville’s Housing Boom and the U.S. Colored Troops

Peerless Rockville in September celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Rockville’s Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station, the history of Rockville’s post-World War II housing boom, and the stories of Black soldiers in the Civil War. Learn more and register for the following events at peerlessrockville.org.

“Explore Rockville: The B&O Railroad Changes Rockville Forever” kicks off Thursday, Aug. 31, with a self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt that can be completed anytime through Monday, Sept. 4. This second chance to take the tour, originally held earlier this year, covers more than 10 sites and stories of how the opening of a station on the B&O Railroad’s Metropolitan Branch brought enormous change to Rockville. After registration, participants will receive a link to a printable program with site details and scavenger hunt instructions. Cost is $15 per household.

The Glenview Mansion and Peerless Rockville Speaker Series presents “Science, Society, and Suburbs: Rockville’s Post-WWII Housing Boom,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive. Jacklyn Rogers will explore how contemporary ideas about race, gender roles and heritability shaped the development of suburban communities, including Rockville. Free. Registration recommended.

“Peerless Presents a Morning of U.S. Colored Troops History,” from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 21 Wood Lane. Nearly 180,000 Black soldiers — including over 8,000 from Maryland — served in the Union Army during the last two years of the Civil War. Bryan A. Cheesboro, a United States park ranger, will discuss United States Colored Troops from Montgomery County, followed by stories of local veterans from Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church historian Chiquita Sorrels. Free.

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