History of Rockville Traces 150 Years

Tonight the City of Rockville continued its celebration of its 150th anniversary with an illustrated lecture by Eileen McGuckian at the Fitzgerald Theater.  Following an introduction by Mayor Marcuccio, Eileen took the one hundred people in attendance not only back to the 1860, but nearly a century earlier to trace the remarkable history of Rockville through historic photos, maps, and documents.  Today there are more than 60,000 residents in Rockville; in 1860, less than 600.  What was even more amazing is that nearly a dozen people in the audience lived in Rockville when it celebrated its centennial in 1960.  Her talked was followed by a dozen questions from the audience ranging from the Civil War to Congressional Airport to the location of the drive-in movie theater.  Afterwards a reception in the foyer included a book signing of Eileen’s latest history, an exhibit of historic artifacts and documents, and refreshments (but no cake!).   Her lecture will be broadcast on Rockville’s Channel 11 but in the meantime, here are some pix in case you didn’t make it:

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One response

  1. Brigitta Mulilcan

    It was a great event and I will post some photos on my Facebook page. Eileen McGuckian, our Rockville Historian did a nice presentation. I purchased her book and I will cherish it forever.

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