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.
NEW! A Precious 100 year-old Scrapbook made by Ruth Cain Lee, a student at Chevy Chase College in 1915-1916!
Through the generosity of Mr. Richard Lee, son of Ruth Cain Lee, and photographer William Mills, we are very pleased to make available PDF files of Ruth Cain Lee's 1915-1916 scrapbook, created when she was a student at Chevy Chase College. Mr. Lee had already allowed CCHS to photocopy several pages of this precious scrapbook in 2007, but by allowing CCHS volunteer William Mills to photograph each page in 2014, we were able to create a combined PDF file of the entire scrapbook, including invitations, dance cards, recital programs, pamphlets, and photographs.
Click HERE for the first page of the Chevy Chase Junior College online exhibit, and you'll see links to the 85-page Scrapbook, plus some of the souvenir programs that she pasted in the scrapbook, and close-ups of the photographs of her many school friends.
School Photographs and Children’s Newspapers
Our collection of class photographs of students at Chevy Chase Elementary School is growing, thanks to the kind donations of alumni. Please let us know if you have school photos that you would like to donate to CCHS for our collection.
And if you are interested in yearbooks, we have lists for both Leland Junior High HERE and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School HERE. (Just click on the links.) Take a look at the lists and let us know if you would like to donate a copy that we do not already have in our collection.
The children in this photograph were students at Chevy Chase Elementary, then known as Rosemary. Those standing in the front row were also well-known in the neighborhood as the writers/publishers of the Thornapple Street News. Read all about their newspaper HERE.
We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on April 26, 2015
Chevy Chase Land Company
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Washington Fine Properties, LLC, and its Agents
Elizabeth and Justin Bausch
Susan Bollendorf and Bob Broeksmit
Evers & Co. Real Estate
Ellie and Temple Grassi
Frances and John Higgins
Lisa and David Higgins
Angela Lancaster and Chuck Muckenfuss
T.W. Perry, Inc.
Elissa Leonard and Jay Powell
Helene and Stephen Sacks
Mary Sheehan and Anthony Marra
Margaret and Bob Stillman
Many thanks to Balducci's and Magruder's
for each donating a beautiful basket of wine for the raffle
at the CCHS 2015 Spring Gala.
For the complete list of the 2015 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.
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