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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. We wish you good health in these challenging times.


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.

Join us for the CCHS 2021 Virtual Spring Gala

Party on the Porch!

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Chevy Chase Historical Society is hosting its first-ever virtual Spring Gala, Party on the Porch!

Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Party on the Porch celebrates the porch, a prominent and beloved feature of so many Chevy Chase homes. Doug Kammerer, News4’s Chief Meteorologist and Chevy Chase resident, will join the fun as our neighborhood host. Architectural Historian Sandy Heiler will lead a virtual tour through the surprising history of the porch. Chevy Chase designers Katy Anderson, Sarah Hayes, and Deborah Scheck will demonstrate ideas for hosting a party on your porch.

Guests will receive an access link for their households to view the event and a party basket for two filled with libations and hors d’oeuvres from Chevy Chase favorite La Ferme Restaurant. 

Read more event details and RSVP today!



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.

CCHS is deeply thankful to the Sponsors of the 2020 Spring Gala who maintained their donations despite the cancellation of the Gala due to COVID.
These generous supporters have made it possible for CCHS to continue its work during these challenging times. 

Pinnacle Sponsors

Chevy Chase Land Company – TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Keystone Sponsors

Susan Bollendorf and Robert Broeksmit - Katharine Kearns Farr - Angela Lancaster and Cantwell F. Muckenfuss III - Kathie Legg and Rajib Chanda -
Mary Sheehan and Anthony Marra - Margaret Clover Stillman

Cornerstone Sponsors

Margaret Adelfio - Mary and Ed Bartlett - Marion Blakey and Bill Dooley - The Bozzuto Group - Catherine and Fred Cecere - Martha Dippell and Daniel Korengold - Elizabeth and Tom Dupree - Everett Garden Designs - Evers & Co., A Long & Foster Company - Lisa and David Higgins - Jones & Boer Architects Inc. - Jessica Killin and Raj Date - Elissa Leonard - Kathleen Matthews - T.W. Perry, Silver Spring Location - Rosemary Pye and John Higgins - Helene and Stephen Sacks - Kelly Virbickas and Kate Sheckells, Compass Real Estate - Betsey Williams and Tom Moore - Zantzinger, Inc.


CCHS Fall Lecture 2020 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Historian, journalist and author Rebecca Boggs Roberts describes the 1913 suffrage parade that turned the tide in women’s long fight for the right to vote in the CCHS Fall 2020 Lecture, “Marching for the Vote: The 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession.” 



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.” 


A Message from CCHS, June 15, 2020

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
and the CCHS Board of Directors

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