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Montgomery History Unveils New Online Exhibit: Montgomery County 1900-1930: Through the Lens of Lewis Reed

Montgomery County, 1900-1930: Through the Lens of Lewis Reed

Montgomery History has launched a new online exhibit co-developed by Blog Author, Jeanne Gartner and Montgomery History Librarian & Archivist, Sarah Hedlund: “Montgomery County, 1900-1930: Through the Lens of Lewis Reed”. Explore Montgomery County and its environs in the early 20th century through the lens of Lewis Reed, founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. A pioneering automobile dealer and one of the most prolific photographers in Montgomery County at the turn of the 20th century, Reed took motorcycle excursions all over the state of Maryland with his camera, capturing landscapes, monuments, historical places, people, and anything else that caught his attention.

The presentation of the Lewis Reed collection features his photography in several themed exhibitions (Transportation, Photo-magic, Recreation, and Daily Life) which will be released separately over time. The first exhibition, “Transportation in Montgomery County”, features some of the earliest known photographs of various modes of transportation, from horses and canal boats to motorcycles and automobiles. It is an absolutely unique window into how Montgomery Countians lived over a century ago.

Click on the category you are interested in below to visit the various presentations and their photographic content. Through the lens of Lewis Reed, we see that Montgomery County’s history is America’s history.

  • Transportation: Lewis Reed loved moving vehicles and photographed the evolution of transportation happening around him at the turn of the century. Explore the pages on modes of transportation in Montgomery County from horse power to automobiles.
  • Photo-magic [coming soon!]
  • Recreation [coming soon!]
  • Daily Life [coming soon!]

Montgomery History Tuesday Talks Lecture Series

Mark your calendars for my upcoming Tuesday Talk on January 7, 2020! My PowerPoint presentation is approx 40 minutes in length and will follow the dealership’s 97-year historic timeline. More than 100 photographs are featured, 70 of them rare, historic images taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed.

The presentation will coincide with a new online exhibit about Reed Brothers Dodge, launching on Montgomery History’s website on January 7.

Montgomery History Tuesday Talks

Montgomery History’s Tuesday Talks Lecture Series

Mark your calendars for my upcoming Tuesday Talk on September 10!! My PowerPoint presentation is approx 40 minutes in length and will follow the dealership’s 97-year historic timeline. More than 100 photographs are featured, 70 of them rare, historic images taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed.

Montgomery History Tuesday Talks

Montgomery History Speakers Bureau Newest Addition: Reed Brothers Dodge History

I am very excited to announce that I have officially been added to the Montgomery History Speakers Bureau. My topic is, of course, The History of Reed Brothers Dodge“. The PowerPoint presentation is approximately 40 minutes in length and highlights the dealerships historic timeline, which showcases how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a decade of being in business. More than 100 photographs are featured, 70 of them rare, historic images taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed.

Montgomery History Speakers Bureau

Montgomery History can provide dozens of speakers on a wide variety of subjects connected with Montgomery County’s rich and long history. To schedule a speaker, please use this Contact page. Get to know the speakers by reading more about their backgrounds here.

About the Speaker’s Bureau:

This service is for business and professional groups, neighborhood associations, senior centers and residences, clubs, schools, religious institutions, civic groups, historical societies and museums, and other organized groups throughout Montgomery County and the greater Washington D.C. metro area.

Presentations are offered in the forms of lectures, slide shows (traditional and PowerPoint), music, portrayals and re-enactments in local history, and in the national history that is part of our local story.

The speakers and re-enactors are community historians and professionals trained in local history and public speaking; many have written books and articles on their chosen subjects.  As part of the presentation, book signings and sales can be arranged, as can follow-up tours and visits to the sites discussed.  Presentations can range from 30 to 60 minutes in length, and generally can be adapted to an organization’s specific needs.

Business longevity is something to celebrate and share. It is my great honor to join the talented league of speakers at Montgomery History, and I sincerely look forward to sharing our 97-year family business history.

The 2019 Montgomery County History Conference

Montgomery County History Conference

Each year in January, the Montgomery County Historical Society holds a day-long conference on various aspects of local history. Upwards of 200 people attend this annual event, which has been held since 2007. This year, I am very honored for the invitation to speak about the history of Reed Brothers Dodge at the History Conference on Saturday, January 26 at 12:45pm.

2019 Montgomery History ConferenceThe PowerPoint presentation will follow the dealerships historic timeline which showcases how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a decade of being in business. More than 100 photographs will be featured, 60 of them rare, historic images taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed.

This one-day conference is a place for all people to explore and celebrate the many aspects of our past that shape our community to this day. The conference will be held at the Bioscience Education Center located at 20200 Observation Drive on Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.

Registration is now open: REGISTER HERE

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