Bethesda Historical Society

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

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 develops 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!

Click here to become a Society member

Our Wonderful Volunteers

President – Wendy Kaufman
Wendy is a retired social studies and special education teacher, currently working part-time as a special education paraeducator. She has lived in Bethesda since 1989 and is a long-time history buff!

Vice-President – David Schardt
David is a retired scientist, history buff, and Bethesda resident since 1986. He also serves on the Boards of the Maryland Senior Olympics, the Montgomery County Senior Sports Association, and the Maryland Citizens Review Board for Children.

Social Media Director – Stephanie Rigaux
Stephanie is a lifelong Washingtonian with four children through the B-CC cluster. History, antiques and genealogy buff. Owner and Managing Member of DC Estates LLC, large DC area estate sale company..

Treasurer – Kit Horton
Kit is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School and the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business Masters of Accountancy graduate program. He is an accountant and is preparing for his CPA certification.

Darryl Grant
A native of Washington DC. In the 1960’s, I lived in Bannockburn Heights in Bethesda as a young child and now live in Potomac with my wife and two adult children. I have always been passionate about local history and am pleased to be a member of the Bethesda Historical Society.

John Ewers grew up in Stratton Woods, attended Fernwood Elementary for kindergarten, St Jane de Chantal for grammar school, and Gonzaga for high school (class of 1977). Retired from the US Marine Corps after 34 years, he lives in the District. Ewers is a lifelong amateur Bethesda historian —writing it down or making it (up).

Thomas Henteleff
Maria Longo-Swiek

More Society volunteers to come!