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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.


The CCHS Archive & Research Center has Moved Down the Street!

 

After calling the Chevy Chase Library home for more than 15 years, the CCHS Archive and Research Center moved to larger quarters on Monday, December 11th. We are thrilled to announce that we have obtained new space at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010 in historic Chevy Chase Lake.  If you're at the Library, just walk a long block north and enter the office building at the corner of Connecticut and Chevy Chase Lake Drive.

You may not be able to leave telephone messages for us over the next few days. Our new telephones aren't allowing callers to leave messages.  Please email us at info@chevychasehistory.org, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  

No "Drop In" Hours in December: For the next few weeks as we work to organize our archive collections in the new space, we will suspend our regular "drop in" hours on Tuesdays. We will resume our regular hours in mid-January 2018.

Again, if you have a research question or want to buy one of our books, you can still reach us by email info@chevychasehistory.org.  We will do our best to help you.

Keep track of our progress on our Facebook page -- and we'll post updates right here on our website. It shouldn't be long before we are ready for visitors again. It will be a pleasure to welcome our members, patrons, and researchers  -- and everyone interested in Chevy Chase history at our new location.

 
       


 

 

Expert Confirms 11 Chevy Chase, MD Kit Houses

 
 

 

Nationally recognized kit house scholar Kathryn Holt Springston (center, behind the podium) presented Certificates of Authentication to owners of some of the 11 kit houses she authenticated by measurement for the Chevy Chase Historical Society’s first kit house survey.

The presentations were made following CCHS’ fall lecture, “The Kit Houses of Chevy Chase, Maryland: The American Dream by Mail and Rail.” 

A video of the lecture can be viewed on this site after December 1.

 

 

 

The Chevy Chase Kit House Survey

Kathryn Holt Springston, a scholar of Sears kit houses for three decades and a frequent Smithsonian Associates lecturer on the subject, helped the Chevy Chase Historical Society identify kit houses shipped to Chevy Chase by rail between 1908-1941. 

See authenticated kit houses in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

 

 
       

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 new CCHS online exihibit "Chevy Chase Reads"


 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2016 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Longtime Bethesda resident and journalist Steve Roberts gave an illustrated lecture, “A Tale of Two Suburbs: Bethesda and Chevy Chase.”  Please visit our YouTube Channel

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

 
 

 



We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the

Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on May 7, 2017

For the complete list of the 2017 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.

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Visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center

We only have a few weeks left at our location at the Chevy Chase Library,
 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase, MD

(We are moving! See our message above.)
As we prepare for our move in mid-December, we can't accomodate visitors in our small space.
If you have a question or want to purchase a book, please call or email CCHS.
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