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    Funding and Support

    This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland.

    Special thanks to Angela Lancaster, President, and Mary Sheehan, Member at Large, and all of the Board Members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society for their interest and support of this project.


    Gail Sansbury, PhD, Director, and Danielle Swanson, MA, Deputy Director, of the Archive and Research Center, Chevy Chase Historical Society, curated and wrote the narrative for this exhibit, based on historical research by Alex Parker.  Diane Riker shared her own research about Chevy Chase Lake, and wrote and edited several sections of the exhibit.  We depended on the work of many others, especially former CCHS Board Member Eleanor Ford -- thank you for answering all our questions!  

    Thanks also to Helen Secrest, CCHS Board Member and Volunteer, who helped us keep up with our regular work at CCHS while we worked on this exhibit.  Digitization of images, documents and printed materials from the CCHS collection, was done at the CCHS Archive and Research Center, located at the Chevy Chase Library, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    Sandglass Systems, Inc. designed and developed the website for this exhibit.  Special thanks to Andrew Fraser, Principal, and the Sandglass staff for their assistance.

    We thank the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Historical Society of Washington, DC for permission to use images in their photograph collections.  We also thank Ann Henry for permission to use photographs by Henry Arthur Taft; Harold Silver  for permission to use several postcards; and the family of LeRoy O. King, Jr., for permission to use photographs from his collection as well as his book.

    We also thank the U.S. Marine Band for permission to link to their performances of two John Philip Sousa compositions. URL links to these video recordings are courtesy of the U.S. Marine Band®. Use of these links/recordings does not constitute or imply endorsement by the Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Marine Band®.  The terms U.S. Marine Band® and The President's Own®"are trademarks of the U.S. Marine Corps, used with permission.

    Roberto Xavier Rodriguez composed, conducted and recorded the music inspired by Eubie Blake’s “Chevy Chase Fox Trot” for the CCHS produced 2007 documentary film, “Chevy Chase, Maryland:  A Streetcar to Home.”

    Selected Bibliography

    Judith A. Adams. The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills.  Boston:  Twayne Publishers, 1991.

    Mary Roselle George.  “Developer Influence in the Suburbanization of Washington, DC:  Francis Newlands and Chevy Chase.”  MA Thesis, Geography Department, University of Maryland, 1989.

    Robert Harrigan.  Pastimes in Washington:  Leisure Activities in the Capital Area, 1800-1995.   Bowie, MD:  Heritage Books, 2002.

    Kenneth T. Jackson. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

    Andrew W. Kahrl, "'The Slightest Semblance of Unruliness': Steamboat Excurions, Pleasure Resorts, and the emergence of Segregation Culture on the Potomac River," Journal of American History 94/4 (March 2008).

    Leo J. Kasun.  "Henry Arthur Taft: Gliimpses of Everyday Life," Washington History 2:1 (1990).

    LeRoy O. King Jr.  100 Years of Capital Traction:  The Story of Streetcars in the Nation’s Capital.  Taylor Publishing, 1972.

    Elizabeth Jo Lampl and Kimberly Prothro Williams.  Chevy Chase:  A Home Suburb for the Nation’s Capital. Crownsville, MD:  Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission , The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Maryland Historical Trust Press, 1998.

    Joan Marsh and Frances Stickles.  The Placenames of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Portsmouth, NH: Back Channel Press, 2011.

    Amy Nathan. Round & Round Together:  Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movement.  Philadelphia:  Paul Dry Books, 2011.

    David Nasaw. Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements. Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1993.

    William Offutt.  Bethesda: A Social History. Bethesda, MD: The Innovation Game, 1995.

    Katherine K. Preston. Music for Hire: A Study of Professional Musicians in Washington, 1877 - 1900.  Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1992.

    Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman.  American Popular Music, from Minstrelsy to MP3.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

    Anne Wagner.  Adversaries of Dance:  From the Puritans to the Present.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

    Victoria Wolcott.  Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

    Oral Histories from the CCHS Oral History Collection

    Andrew Cummings, October 16, 1986.  CCHS 2008.12.

    Jeannette Troth Hall, April 9, 1992. CCHS 2008.12.75.

    Edith Claude Jarvis, July 16, 1971 and May 1, 1987. CCHS 2008.12.24.

    Louise Knowles, April 23, 1985. CCHS 2008.12.30.

    Winifred Mason, May 25, 1988.  2008.12.33.

    John Eris Powell, October 11, 1983. CCHS 2008.12.51.

    George Winchester Stone Jr., March 16, 1993. CCHS 2008.12.59

    Fred Bernhard Winkler, December 13, 2004. CCHS 2008.12.70.


    The Evening Star (1854 - 1972), The Evening Times (1895 - 1902), The Washington Herald (1906 - 1939), andThe Washington Times (1902 - 1939).  Accessed through "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers," available online at the Library of Congress.

    The Washington Post (1877 - 1995).  Accessed through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, available online at the Montgomery County Public Library.


    The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1984.

    The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Macmillan Publishers, 2001.

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Macmillan Publishers, 2001.

    Web Resources

    Library of Congress.  Performing Arts Encyclopedia. http://www.loc.gov/performingarts/

    Library of Congress. American Memory. “An American Ballroom Companion:  Dance Instruction Manuals, Ca. 1490 - 1920.”  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html




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