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Historic Silver Spring

McCoy, Jerry A. and The Silver Spring Historical Society

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ISBN 10: 0738541885 / ISBN 13: 9780738541884
Published by Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2005
Condition: Very good Soft cover
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128 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Inscribed on half title by the author. Small scratch near bottom of back cover. This is one of the Images of America series. Jerry A. McCoy has loved American history since his father introduced him to stamp collecting Determined to live in Washington, DC, he moved there in 1978, earning a M.S. in Library Science from The Catholic University of America. McCoy became fascinated with the history of "hometown" Washington. Since 2000 he has been a librarian and archivist there. In 1992 McCoy moved to downtown Silver Spring, MD and immediately delved into researching his new community's history. In 1993 he located Silver Spring's 1937 post office mural, long placed in storage, and with the Friends of the Silver Spring Library raised $25,000 for its restoration. McCoy founded the Silver Spring Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve the community's local history. This was followed with the publication of two local history books, Historic Silver Spring in 2005 and Downtown Silver Spring in 2010. Historic Silver Spring celebrates the community's past, beginning with founder Francis Preston Blair's 1840 discovery of the mica-flecked spring and the 1873 arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Vintage photographs document the progressive growth of the "Main Streets," Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road, and the construction of the Silver Spring Armory and National Dry Cleaning Institute in 1927 and the Silver Theatre and Silver Spring Shopping Center in 1938. The volume culminates with modern pictures of downtown Silver Spring's 21st-century revitalization, which continues to preserve the past and secure the future of the area. In a pictorial journey through the community's Central Business District and bordering residential neighborhood, East Silver Spring, Historic Silver Spring honors the people and places that have come before. Bookseller Inventory # 74493

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Title: Historic Silver Spring

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade paperback

Book Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Presumed First Edition, First printing.

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Images of America: Historic Silver Spring celebrates the community’s past, beginning with founder Francis Preston Blair’s 1840 discovery of the mica-flecked spring and the 1873 arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Vintage photographs document the progressive growth of the “Main Streets,” Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road, and the construction of the Silver Spring Armory and National Dry Cleaning Institute in 1927 and the Silver Theatre and Silver Spring Shopping Center in 1938. The volume culminates with modern pictures of downtown Silver Spring’s 21st-century revitalization, which continues to preserve the past and secure the future of the area. In a pictorial journey through the community’s Central Business District and bordering residential neighborhood, East Silver Spring, Historic Silver Spring honors the people and places that have come before.

About the Author:

Author Jerry A. McCoy is a public librarian for Washington, D.C., history special collections at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library’s Washingtoniana Division and the Georgetown Branch Library’s Peabody Room. A resident of downtown Silver Spring since 1992, McCoy founded the Silver Spring Historical Society in 1998 and co-produced with Final Cut Productions the 2002 local Emmy-nominated documentary Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb. His monthly history column, “Silver Spring: Then & Again,” appears in the Silver Spring Voice.

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