Booksigning and Author’s Talk
June 10, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Sandy Spring Museum
Free/Open to the public; registering in advance is recommended
Montgomery County Lost and Found: the Road Less Traveled, with local author, historian Eugene L. Meyer
In this special edition of Sandy Spring Museum’s History Happy Hour Series, award-winning author, journalist and editor Eugene L. Meyer will discuss “Lost and Found Montgomery County History,” illuminating the county’s Confederate past and the current controversy over the monument to Montgomery’s Confederate soldiers adjoining the 1890s courthouse in Rockville.
The former Washington Post reporter and editor, who has written extensively about local history for newspapers and magazines, will trace the county’s social history from slavery to emancipation, during the era of Reconstruction when un-Reconstructed Rebels reigned well into the mid-20th century, its forgotten and not entirely easy road to school integration, and its blossoming as a multi-cultural, minority-majority suburban jurisdiction.
Meyer’s first book, “Maryland Lost and Found,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press and twice republished in expanded paperback editions, was praised by acclaimed novelist Anne Tyler in Washington Post Book World:
“What wonderful voices! The state emerges entire: colorful and passionate and full of character.”
A second, 25th anniversary edition of his book “Chesapeake Country” includes a new introduction focusing on climate change.
Meyer is currently under contract to write a book about the five African American men who were among John Brown’s raiders at Harpers Ferry in 1859. The working title: “Five for Freedom.”
Since leaving the Post in 2004, Meyer has won 13 awards for his freelance work. Recently, his profile of a rogue gun dealer, in Bethesda Magazine, won a first place citation from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His economic development stories for the New York Times received the Gold award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
In addition to contributing to the New York Times, Meyer’s work has appeared, among other publications, in Washingtonian, U.S. News & World Report, and Bethesda Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. His “Hidden Maryland” articles in Maryland Life magazine won the Gold Award for the best column from the International Regional Magazine Association. For several years, he has been the editor of the quarterly B’nai B’rith Magazine.
For the Washington Post, Meyer was a Maryland rover for many years, writing a weekly column on people and places off the beaten path. In addition, he wrote series of articles about farm preservation here, about the Chesapeake Bay, and about a legendary police “death squad” in Prince George’s County (with John Feinstein). In 1999, the Prince George’s Historical Society gave him its St. George’s Day Award for “meritorious effort.” Prior to joining the Post, Meyer worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin, where he covered the antiwar movement and urban affairs.
Meyer serves on the board of the online, nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books. During his newspaper career, he was a Washington Post Duke Fellow and the James Thurber Journalist-in-Residence at Ohio State University. He lives in Silver Spring.
About History Happy Hour Series
Sandy Spring Museum welcomes and inspires history lovers, museum aficionados, artists and writers alike with engaging, fun and, at times, provocative discussions as part of its monthly History Happy Series. History Happy Hours provide the opportunity to mingle, grab a drink, and hear a topic-specific talk from local experts in their fields. Subjects range from Maryland food and drink history to book signings and everything in between. So popular, the Series has its own Meet Up Group!
The 2016 History Happy Hour Series is generously sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.
About Sandy Spring Museum
The Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. Sandy Spring Museum is a gathering place where people can develop meaningful connections by exploring community history through the visual, literary, and performing arts. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call (301) 774-0022 or visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.