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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 this week is a photograph taken during the construction of the Columbia Country Club on Connecticut Avenue, circa 1925. CCHS continues to document the changes over time to both the natural and man-made landscape of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
 

Object ID: 2008.393.06

 

 

 

 

 
 

CCHS Spring Lecture 2017 now available on the CCHS YouTube channel

"Readers Build Community: The Literary Culture of Early Chevy Chase"

An illustrated lecture celebrating the completion of the new CCHS online exihibit "Chevy Chase Reads"

 

 

Historian Gail Sansbury, former Director of CCHS’ Archive and Research Center, combed through the CCHS Archive Collections, and drew on historic documents, photographs and newspapers to piece together the remarkable story of how a community of avid readers created a foundation for the social and civic life still enjoyed in Chevy Chase today. Her illustrated lecture includes stories about key members of these groups, how they raised money for the library, maintained a reading class for over sixty years, and used their love of books, reading and literature to build lasting community ties.

   

 


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