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History of pet keeping on exhibit in Rockville

Two centuries of pet-keeping is the subject of a Montgomery County Historical Society exhibit opening today at the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville.

Entitled “The Other Member of the Family: Montgomery County Pets,” the exhibit runs through Sept. 13, with an opening reception on Saturday May 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The exhibit looks at pet keeping from the 19th century through the present, the changes that have taken place over time and what our interaction with pets tells us about society.

In addition to historic images from our collections, the exhibit will feature photographs, paintings and mementos of beloved pets provided by Montgomery County residents.

The exhibit is sponsored by Pro Feed Inc., Heavenly Days Animal Crematory, Whole Pet Central, Sugarloaf Pet Gardens Inc., The Groomery & Olde Towne Bed & Biscuit, Animal Exchange and Living Ruff. In connection with the exhibit, this year’s Montgomery County Heritage Days will host a Pet Expo on Sunday, June 28 on the grounds of the Beall-Dawson House.

The Beall-Dawson House is at 103 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. The exhibit is free with museum admission ($3 adults/$2 seniors & students). It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


Comment from dogkisser
Time April 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

Hi there John – this is Joan Sinden from Nova Scotia here – I know this is a stupid question here – but I am really stupid about geography – I know that Washington DC is close to Maryland isn’t it? I’m going to be in DC this weekend for the No Kill Conference being put on Nathan Wingograd’s organization – is that very far from where this museum is? Is there any way that I can get to see this museum while I’m in Washington? Or am I being the equivalent of an American bringing my skis to Canada in July?


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time April 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Joan, Rockville is a suburb of Washington, DC, and the Metro Red Line runs from downtown Washington into Rockville. It’s a pretty sprawling suburb, and the question would be how close 103 W. Montgomery Avenue is to the Red Line. You could either email the folks at the Historical Society and ask them which stop to use and how to get to the museum from the subway, or you could ask the people at the hotel where you’ll be staying. You would certainly want to allow an entire afternoon for the trip, but the DC Metro is pretty easy to use. There is a Metro website at wmata.com, but it wins the honors for the most counter-intuitive website I’ve ever seen. It offers you a route search and then says, “Please don’t use city, state, or zip code.” So your best bet will be to ask directions once you arrive.