Bethesda Historical Society

Bethesda in 1871 was named after the Bethesda Meeting House, then a Presbyterian church and now a Baptist church which still stands overlooking Rockville Pike.

About Us


The Bethesda Historical Society, established in 2019, is an organization of volunteers dedicated to sharing and reflecting on the history of the Bethesda, Maryland area and its diverse residents.

The Society plans to develop events and educational programs focusing on significant locations and important moments in our history.

We are now a 501 (c)(3) organization, so donations are tax-deductible!


The Society loves to receive historical memorabilia of Bethesda.

Here are some of our recent acquisitions.

Get Involved!

Do you like to plan events, collect memorabilia, research, or fundraise? We are looking for fellow volunteers to help us preserve Bethesda memories while having fun at the same time!

Upcoming Events

River Road: A Short History of Black and White, 1850-1963

An online Oasis class on Thursday August 13 @ 10:30-11:45

Instructor: Paige Whitley, Historian and Author

New on the Website

“The Forgotten African American Community of River Road” by David Kathan, Amy Rispin and L. Paige Whitley (2017)