Bethesda Historical Society

New Donations!

Christ Lutheran Church on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda graciously donated several historical items to our collection of Bethesda memorabilia. Thank you!

See some of what they donated here.

Do you have historical photos of Bethesda? Let us scan them and post them on this website for everyone to enjoy!

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!

Become a Society member here



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 

Wednesday December 9

7:30 pm
Bethesda Historical Society Meeting by Zoom
Contact us for more information

New on the Website

BCC Rescue Squad
Play Video

This 15-minute film, entitled “Wisconsin 1000,” highlights the early history of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. It was produced in 1950 with a grant from the Department of State.

See all the videos here

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