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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.


 

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

Oral History Volunteer Workshop

On September 28, 10am-12pm, the Chevy Chase Historical Society will offer a training workshop for volunteers wishing to assist CCHS in conducting oral interviews. Led by Anna Kaplan, DC Oral History Collaborative Consulting Oral Historian, the workshop will offer instruction and guidance on oral history best practices, interview preparation and techniques, and editing and finalizing interview transcripts.

The workshop is free and will take place at the CCHS Archive and Research Center, 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010. As space is limited, RSVP to info@chevychasehistory.org or 301-656-6141. 

   

 

Paid Fall 2019 Internship Available

CCHS is currently accepting applications for an Archives Intern for Fall 2019. Interns will preserve, catalog, and maintain the collection of maps, photographs, documents, artifacts, and books that are housed at the Archive and Research Center. Read more about the internship and how to apply.

For questions or more information, contact director@chevychasehistory.org

 
 

 

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.   

 
 

 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2018 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Department store expert, Michael Lisicky, led a trip down memory lane during the CCHS Fall Lecture 2019 “The Glory Days of Washington's Grand Department Stores: A Nostalgic Look Back.” Lisicky spoke about Woodward & Lothrop in its heyday and discussed other beloved local department stores, including Garfincels and Hecht's.    

 

 

Kit Houses in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Nationally recognized kit house scholar Kathryn Holt Springston presented Certificates of Authentication to owners of 11 kit houses she authenticated for the Chevy Chase Historical Society’s first kit house survey in 2017. Click here to see the authenticated houses!

If your house was built between 1900 and 1940 and looks like any of these houses, it might be a kit house delivered to the freight rail siding near Chevy Chase Lake by Sears Roebuck or another manufacturer. If you’d like Kathryn Springston to measure your house for possible kit house authentication, please contact kithouses@chevychasehistory.org to learn what’s involved.

 
 

We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on May 5, 2019

The complete list of the 2019 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends

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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