Bethesda Historical Society

We're celebrating the 150th birthday of Bethesda in 2021!

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland



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Check out our new Bethesda Library exhibit!
Visit the Bethesda Historical Society’s Exhibit at the Connie Morella Library
 7400 Arlington Road


Our latest exhibit celebrates the history of Bethesda and the Bethesda Historical Society! In the library’s four display cases and on its main display wall, you’ll see artifacts, photos, and interesting facts about our Bethesda community.

November’s exhibit features Bethesda’s schools, family life, automobiles, and businesses from years ago. In December we will have new displays, as well as fascinating “Bethesda Then & Now” posters. Come see!


Legendary 1970s Bethesda blues band The Nighthawks

Reminiscing about the 1970s music scene in Bethesda with Mark Wenner, founder of the legendary Bethesda blues band The Nighthawks.  A 7-minute video from the Montgomery County Council (2021)

History of Bethesda Schools with Ralph Buglass

This richly-illustrated talk, in partnership with the Bethesda Historical Society, details the ways that Bethesda schools set the pace for education in Montgomery County public schools beginning in the early 1900s. A 1-hour video from October 5, 2021.

Award to Bethesda's Bill Offutt

Congratulations to Bethesda historian and lifelong resident Bill Offutt who was presented Montgomery Preservation’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. An 8-minute video. 

Upcoming Events 

Wednesday December 8
7:30 pm

Bethesda Historical Society Monthly Meeting 
Contact us for more information

Thank you Bethesda's 150th Birthday Boosters!

Bruce Adams
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Ada’s Grandparents
Al Marah Riverway Association
Dan and Nancy Balz
Fred Berner
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
Bethesda Chocolates
Bethesda Community Garden Club
Bethesda Crab House
Bethesda Metro Area Village
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Bethesda Urban Partnership
Jane Boynton
brennan+company architects
Brookdale Citizens Association
Ralph Buglass
Campaign for Bethesda’s Madonna of the Trail
Carriage Hill Bethesda
Jan Cary
Central Farm Markets
Christ Lutheran Church
Carol Clausen
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
Charles H. Cooper, D.D.S.
Alice Daniel
David Munson State Farm Agency
Reid Detchon
Dan Dwyer
John Ewers
Gail Humphries Ewing
Jodie Fine
Arlene Krimgold Fleming
The Greif Family
Griffin Cycle
Ronald Grim
Brenda & Dwayne Holt
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Betsy James
Ozgur Karaosmanoglu
Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc.
Wendy & Steven Kaufman
Henry B. & Jessie W. Keiser Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Bethesda
Delegate Marc Korman (MD-16)

Senator Susan C. Lee (MD-16)
Bob & Jane Levey
Matthew Logan
Maria Longo-Swiek
Susan Riggle LoPresti
Ann Marchant
Jack Marshall
Matthew Marshall
ZKL Martin Family
Eileen McGuckian & Phil Cantelon
Metro Bethesda Rotary Club
Greg & Karyn Miele
Minuteman Press Bethesda
Warren Montouri
Kevie Niland
O’Donnell’s Market
Fred & Barbara Ordway
Ourisman Jeep Bethesda
Chris Palmer and Gail Shearer
The Pessin Family
Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria
Porsche Bethesda
Quattro Auto Body Inc.
Gordon Riggle
Janet Swartz Ryan/WJ73
St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church & School
Aletta Schaap
Linda Silverman
Strosniders Hardware
Suburban Florist
Sullivan & Company, CPAs
Ann Suydam
The Barking Dog Bar & Restaurant
The Bethesda Montessori School
The Blue House
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
The Jane Fairweather Team
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The Nighthawks
The Woman’s Club of Bethesda, Inc.
Hank Thomas
Edwin Weiner
Howard Weiss
RoseMarie & Ronald Winiewicz