• Events

    The Chevy Chase Historical Society sponsors two public lectures each year on topics related to local history. CCHS lectures are free and open to all.

    When possible, CCHS also organizes History-Go-Round tours, often related to recent lectures. History-Go-Rounds are group tours to local historical sites arranged by CCHS for anyone with an interest in local history. The idea for these group tours was developed by former CCHS Board Member Susan Elwell as an opportunity for both CCHS members and non-members to learn more about our shared history.  There is a nominal fee for our History-Go-Round tours to cover refreshments, and reservations are required.  Our YouTube Channel features many past lectures and presentations.


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    Recent Events

    Book cover for "The Food Explorer" by Daniel Stone and a black and white photo of David FairchildSpring 2024 Lecture

    Hidden Histories of Chevy Chase

    David Fairchild: The Chevy Chase Food Explorer

    Bestselling author Daniel Stone discussed the life and work of one-time Chevy Chase resident and distinguished botanist, David Fairchild. In the late 19th century, Fairchild traveled to more than 50 countries, shipping back to the US some 4,000 new or improved varieties of plants, from avocados to zucchini, and from mangoes to pistachios. In addition to foods, we have Fairchild to thank for the Japanese cherry blossoms that ring the Tidal Basin each spring. Stone’s biography, The Food Explorer, tells the story of how Fairchild changed American agriculture--and the American palate--forever.


    A black and white historic photo showing two men and two women dressed in early 20th century clothing rowing a canoe on a lakeHistory-Go-Round of Chevy Chase Lake


    This lecture and walking tour covered the area that was once Chevy Chase Lake, near Connecticut Ave. and Chevy Chase Lake Drive.






    A black and white photo showing Brookville Road looking north, 1896, with a dirt road in the foreground and a farmhouse in the background.

    Fall 2023 Lecture

    Hidden Histories of Chevy Chase

    The Rollingwood Burial Ground for Enslaved People

    The Chevy Chase Historical Society started off a new lecture series covering important but lesser known subjects, the Hidden Histories of Chevy Chase with a lecture by Renata Lisowski, Director of the CCHS Archive and Research Center, about the Rollingwood Burial Ground for Enslaved People.

    Watch a recording of the program on the CCHS YouTube Channel






    Gaylord Archival Photo Preservation Box Album KitSummer 2023 Special Program

    Preserving Your Precious Items at Home: How to Care for Your Family Archive

    Renata Lisowski, Director of the CCHS Archive and Research Center, discusses archival best practices, damage prevention and mitigation, and archive safe products and where to buy them. She also demonstrates preservation techniques for photo albums, scrap books, documents, and more! 

    View and download the slideshow here

    Watch a recording of the program on the CCHS YouTube Channel



    Exterior view of the mansion at 9 Newlands Circle showing a Tudor revival facadeSpring 2023 Lecture

    An Iconic House is Reborn: The History of 9 Chevy Chase Circle

    Emily Hotaling Eig, founder and president of EHT Traceries, and one of the firm’s architectural historians, John Gentry, present an historic overview of the architectural centerpiece of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    Watch it now on the CCHS YouTube Channel



    Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession March 3, 1913

    Fall 2020 Lecture

    Marching for the Vote: The 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession

    Historian, journalist and author Rebecca Boggs Roberts will present the Chevy Chase Historical Society’s first-ever Zoom webinar on Sunday, November 15, at 4 p.m., as she describes the 1913 suffrage parade that turned the tide in women’s long fight for the right to vote.

    Watch it now on the CCHS YouTube Channel


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    Fall 2019 Lecture

    Votes for Women: How the Battle Was Waged and Won

    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.” 

    Watch it Now on the CCHS YouTube Channel 


  • Upcoming Events

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    Our lectures and presentations have been postponed due to COVID-19.  Check back here for updated information.  In the mean time.... 

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  • Previous Events

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    Check out the list of past lectures and History Go Rounds.  You can even view past events on our YouTube channel!

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  • Annual Gala

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    Our annual gala has been hosted in Chevy Chase homes since 1982. Learn more about the event and our gracious sponsors 

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