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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

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our region, the Chevy Chase Historical Society has closed the Archive and Research Center to the public until further notice.

Staff is working remotely, and we will continue non-public operations in ways that keep our team safe. You are welcome to contact us at 301-656-6141 or info@chevychasehistory.org.

Thank you for your interest in the Chevy Chase Historical Society and our mission. We wish you, and those you care about, good health in these challenging times.


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.


A Message from CCHS:

Like so many of you, we at CCHS have been deeply affected by the death of George Floyd and the ensuing events throughout the country. We feel the same shock, sadness and anger that are reverberating across our community, our nation, and indeed the entire world. Even as we struggle with the public health and economic crises of the COVID pandemic, the racial injustice of our past and our present has been laid bare.

We at CCHS stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for human equality, social justice, and the dignity of every individual. Our community’s history of accomplishment is accompanied by a history of racial and religious discrimination and inequity. Acknowledging that fact is part of CCHS’ mission to collect, record, interpret and share our local history. We must learn from our history, and also unlearn the attitudes and behaviors that manifest injustice or bias.

Now more than ever, CCHS commits to the values of inclusion, empathy, humility, and respect for all persons. We will move forward with open hearts, open minds, and open arms.

Mary A. Sheehan
President
and the CCHS Board of Directors


Corona Chronicles

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is documenting the history Chevy Chase residents are all making as we manage life during COVID-19. Add your story to the CCHS Corona Chronicles!

We are collecting photos, videos, journal and diary entries, voice and audio recordings and other digital evidence of life in our community during this unprecedented time. Tell us about how you are coping, what you are thankful for, and the “silver linings” you’ve discovered. Write to us about your experiences working from home, social distancing, attending school remotely, and more.

Share your story using this form.

To use our form, you will need a Google account. If you do not have one, email your materials to CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org.

Your stories will become part of the broader history of Chevy Chase during this challenging time, and a resource for future historians. CCHS will feature select submissions in occasional emails and on social media. Sign up for our email list and follow us on Facebook to see these submissions.


 

Paid Fall Internships at CCHS

The Chevy Chase Historical Society seeks candidates for the Archives Internship and the Pathways Grant Project Internship. The paid internships will be a combination of remote and in-person work and applications are due October 5, 2020. If you have any questions, contact CCHS at info@chevychasehistory.org.  

  New Reading Room at the Chevy Chase Historical Society
 

 

Visit the CCHS Archive & Research Center

After calling the Chevy Chase Library home for more than 15 years, the CCHS Archive and Research Center has moved to a larger space at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010 in historic Chevy Chase Lake. Drop by without an appointment on Tuesdays, between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm. Or call to make an appointment.

  New Reading Room at the Chevy Chase Historical Society

 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2019 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

One hundred years after the 1919 passage of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, Dr. Elisabeth Griffith presents the CCHS Fall 2019 Lecture, “Votes for Women: How the Battle Was Waged and Won.” 

 


 

CCHS Spring Lecture 2019 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams tells the fascinating tale of life in the region before it became the seat of national government in the CCHS Spring Lecture 2019 The Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C. Williams discusses her research to identify remnants of the Washington, D.C. region's rural past.   

 


We are deeply grateful to the Gala Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, scheduled for May 3, 2020. Despite cancellation of the event, supporters have chosen to donate their sponsorship funds to CCHS.

The complete list of the 2020 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors, Friends, and Contributors.

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