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Week of August 30
“The Rise and Fall of Telstar: America’s First Communications Satellite”with Michael Aurele SimonsThursday, September 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Summer isn’t over just yet, and there’s still time to take advantage of everything local museums have to offer! Join Michael Aurele Simons, Director of the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD to hear the gripping story of Telstar.
The launch of Telstar in 1962 ushered in a new age of communications. No longer was the Atlantic Ocean a barrier to instantaneous phone calls and live TV broadcasting. But Telstar’s promise was cut short. Learn more about this victim of the Cold War and a changing vision of how humans would work in space.
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Week of September 6
“Benjamin Banneker: Man of Many Accomplishments” with Breena Doyle
Tuesday, September 7 @ 2:00 p.m.
Benjamin Banneker is still a mystery to many Maryland residents despite his multiple accomplishments while living as a self-educated, free African American in colonial America.
Join us as Breena Doyle, Director/Naturalist of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, details Banneker’s life and his many titles, including astronomer, surveyor, mathematician, abolitionist, author, farmer, beekeeper, and naturalist.
September Office Hours with Dr. Stonestreet “Treating the Wounded from Antietam” with Dr. Stonestreet (portrayed by Clarence Hickey)Saturday, September 11, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Calling all aspiring medics! Join Dr. Stonestreet for hands-on, family-friendly Office Hours Saturday, September 11.
In 2020, she and the late Alonzo Smith co-authored an issue of the Montgomery County Story, “Gibbs v. Broome: Rockville’s Place on the Road to Brown v. Board of Education,” which you can read on the Montgomery County History Digital RepositoryThe article details the legal campaign for equal pay for Montgomery County teachers, one aspect of the long struggle by the county’s Black community for social justice.
You can also read more of Sharyn’s work on local history in this 2017 publication from Peerless Rockville and in this video celebrating her as a 2018 awardee of the Neal Potter Path of Achievement award.
Discover more about her life and accomplishments in the obituary from the memorial service program.

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