The Chevy Chase Historical Society sponsors two public lectures each year on topics related to local history. When possible, CCHS also organizes History-Go-Round tours, often related to recent lectures. While CCHS lectures are free and open to all, there is a nominal fee for our History-Go-Round tours to cover refreshments, and reservations are required.

Future Events

A Closer Look at Francis Newlands

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:30pm
Join historian and author William Rowley, Emeritus Professor of history at the University of Nevada-Reno, for a review of the life of Francis G. Newlands, a US Congressman and Senator from Nevada and a visionary real estate developer in the late 19th century. Newlands had the foresight to see how farmland on the outskirts of the nation’s capital could become a bucolic residential community thanks to the newly-invented electric streetcar. Named Chevy Chase, his “street car suburb” was among the first in the nation and embodied the new suburban ideal that changed American life forever.
Though progressive on most issues, Newlands also held and espoused racist views and beliefs that we find repugnant today. As the nation and our community examine historic and systemic racism, Rowley will describe both the accomplishments and the disturbing racism reflected in Newlands’ complex life.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held via Zoom and registration is required. On the day of the lecture, those registered will be emailed the link to view the program, which will begin at 7:30 PM. For questions, contact CCHS at

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