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.
Spring 2024 Lecture
Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 7:00pm via zoom
CCHS presents the second in its series of lectures about the “Hidden Histories of Chevy Chase”.
Join author Daniel Stone as he discusses 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.