In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C. The modern planned comunity 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 Library's 50th Birthday to Feature Special Historical Society Exhibit
The Chevy Chase Historical Society has researched and created a colorful exhibit of photos and news clips about Chevy Chase Library events from the past five decades for the Chevy Chase Library's 50th Anniversary Celebration. It will be displayed at the Library at two special events: one on Saturday, September 26, from 2 to 4:00pm, with officials from the County and Montgomery County Library System, and a second day-long event sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Saturday, October 3, from 10:30am - 5:00pm.
If you're a long-time resident, you might find yourself in one of the archival photos -- as a toddler in diapers enjoying a puppet show in 1976, or as an adult savoring a symphony talk in 1994.
For more details about October 3 anniversary events for children and author talks, CLICK HERE or call 240-773-9590.
A letter from Angela Lancaster, CCHS President:
September 9, 2015
Dear Friends of CCHS:
The Chevy Chase Library will celebrate the first of two events for its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00pm, at 8005 Connecticut Avenue.
As you know, the Chevy Chase Historical Society has been part of the Library since 2002 when we established our Archive and Research Center on the lower level of the Library. As befitting its anniversary, the Library is planning a special celebration from 2 to 4pm, with speeches and refreshments. You also can learn the history of the Library from a colorful 3-panel exhibit prepared by the CCHS director, Gail Sansbury.
CCHS greatly appreciates our long association with the Chevy Chase Library, and we are pleased to celebrate our growth along with them. CCHS now has over 15,000 items in our archival collections, including over 100 oral histories, more than 400 maps, over 300 files in house histories, and over 10,000 photographs. The CCHS website enables scholars and history buffs to search our collections online, and provides delightful online exhibits on Chevy Chase Lake, the Chevy Chase Junior College, and more. Visit us virtually or in person on Tuesdays, 10am to 2pm at the Center.
We believe it is important to support the Chevy Chase Library and we encourage everyone to come and celebrate the day with us. Please join Library staff and CCHS Board members on September 26, the first of two special events that will celebrate this momentous Fiftieth Anniversary!
And come back again on the following Saturday, October 3, from 10:30am to 5:00pm, for the author talks and childrens's programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on April 26, 2015
For the complete list of the 2015 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.
Visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center