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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.

 


Chevy Chase Kit House Survey - How You Can Help

 

Kathryn Holt Springston, a scholar of Sears kit houses for three decades and a frequent Smithsonian Associates lecturer on the subject, is helping the Chevy Chase Historical Society identify kit houses shipped to Chevy Chase by rail between 1906-1941. Springston can confirm the authenticity of Sears houses in 440 different styles and may be able to tell owners of other kit houses who manufactured their house. But first she needs photos of possible kit houses in our community to study.

Kit houses ranged from small bungalows to large colonials.

If you know of a house in Chevy Chase, MD, that is or might be a kit house, here’s how you can help identify an authentic Chevy Chase kit house

 

CCHS Spring Lecture 2017 Video Coming Soon!

"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

 
 

 


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
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