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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville: Rockville in the 1920s


OCTOBER 3 | 3:15 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Join historian Eileen McGuckian to view Rockville, Maryland, from the perspective of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  A century after the Jazz Age personified by the Fitzgeralds, reminders of Scott’s family life and death still survive.  Historic and contemporary photographs allow you to appreciate the small-town flavor of Rockville and virtually visit the places where Scott attended his cousin’s wedding and his father’s funeral, where his mother was institutionalized and her estate settled, and the two historic cemeteries in which Scott and Zelda were buried.


This program will be presented live, followed by Q&A.


Program Sponsored by Peerless Rockville


Eileen McGuckian is a historian and preservationist who guided Peerless Rockville's efforts to protect local historic landmarks for 35 years. She is the author of six books on Rockville history, including Rockville: Portrait of a City, a comprehensive history published in 2001, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville: A Guide to Rockville MD in the 1920s (with Lisa Greenhouse, 1996). She is proud to have been one of the organizers of the original F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference in 1996.


St. Mary’s Cemetery is the resting place for five generations of Fitzgerald family members.  Appreciation to St. Mary’s Church for opening the historic church and cemetery to many FSF Festivals in the past and in the future. 

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