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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C.  The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar.  This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient.  Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each! 

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future.  We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.

 


Artifact of the Week: Items from our Collections

 

The artifact of the week is an image of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States at a formal opening of the 4-H Center, June 16, 1959. The 4-H Center is located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Donated by Julie Thomas in 2011 as part of the Julie Rude Thomas Collection of Chevy Chase History.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Save the Date for the CCHS Spring Lecture 2017!

March 19 Illustrated Talk:

How A Community of Readers Shaped Chevy Chase

 

Historian Gail Sansbury will relate the colorful story of how a passion for reading in a streetcar suburb outside Washington, DC built community ties and institutions still existing today, when she presents an illustrated talk at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 19, at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue.  The public is invited to the free talk, “Readers Build Community: The Literary Culture of Early Chevy Chase.” Please join us as Dr. Sansbury tells the story behind an image from the CCHS photo archive – a group of handsome, Victorian-era women with long dresses and upswept hairdos around 1905, “celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Chevy Chase Reading Class” -and much more!

 
 

 


CCHS Fall Lecture 2016 now available on the CCHS YouTube Channel!

Journalist STEVE ROBERTS Tells A Tale of Two Suburbs 

 

Longtime Bethesda resident and journalist Steve Roberts gave an illustrated lecture, “A Tale of Two Suburbs: Bethesda and Chevy Chase,” hosted by the Chevy Chase Historical Society.To watch the full lecture, please visit our YouTube Channel

To purchase Steve Roberts' book, please visit our online store

 
 

 


VIDEO of CCHS Spring 2016 Lecture is now available on the CCHS YouTube Channel!

  If you missed John DeFerrari's lecture, "Streetcar Suburbs: How a 10-Cent Ride Changed Washington," on Sunday, March 20th -- or you'd just like to see it again, please go to the CCHS YouTube Channel.    

 


 

We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the

Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on April 24, 2016

For the complete list of the 2016 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.

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Visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center
Lower Level of the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase, MD
Open every Tuesday:  10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm, without an appointment.
For other days and times, please call or email us to make an appointment -- we don't want to miss you!
Telephone:  301-656-6141    Email:  info@chevychasehistory.org

 

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County