In March of 2003 Jerry A. McCoy began writing a monthly feature for the new Silver Spring Voice newspaper called Silver Spring: Then & Again. Anyone who passes through downtown Silver Spring cannot help but be struck by the changes that seem to be occurring everywhere. With this change comes the inevitable loss of the old. Sometimes this is all to the good, as in the case of surface parking lots being replaced with much needed commercial establishments. But sometimes the losses to our community's historic fabric can be disturbing, as was the 1998 demolition of the 1927 Silver Spring Armory...to be replaced with (yet another!) parking garage.
In Silver Spring: Then & Again you will be able to relive a Silver Spring that you perhaps never knew existed (and sometimes might wish still did). Through the pairing of vintage images from the archives of the Silver Spring Historical Society with their contemporary twins, it is hoped that the visitor to downtown Silver Spring will be able to see "with a third eye" vestiges of our past.
If you have period photographs of downtown Silver Spring that you would like to be considered for Silver Spring: Then & Again, please contact the SSHS at sshistory (at) yahoo.com or write SSHS, PO Box 1160, Silver Spring, MD, 20910-1160.