Bethesda Historical Society

January 23, 2023 - Bethesda's 152nd birthday!

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland



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

The Bethesda Historical Society

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The story of the Bethesda Historical Society with Society President Wendy Kaufman.

A 6-minute video from Montgomery Municipal Cable.

Our Wonderful Volunteers

President – Wendy Kaufman
Wendy has lived in Bethesda since 1989 and was active with her children’s schools in the Whitman cluster. She earned a B.A. in political science from American University, an M.A. in legislative affairs from The George Washington University, and an M.S. in special education from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as a legislative aide with the U.S. House of Representatives and as a social studies and special education teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. Over the years she has volunteered with area historical societies.

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 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..

Secretary – Hank Levine
Hank heads up the Heritage Trail and Tour committee. For the past six years he has been a docent at the Library of Congress, leading tours of the largest library in the world. He has lived in the DMV for 43 years ( 38 of them in Bethesda), where he has been active in community organizations ranging from the Edgemoor Civic Association to Washington Hebrew Congregation (of which he is a Past President and Historian). Hank is a graduate of Yale College (where he was a history minor and led tours for prospective students) and Harvard Law School. He retired from private practice in 2018 after 40 years as a telecommunications/technology lawyer.

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.

Special Projects Coordinator – Jeff Duke
I grew up in Bethesda and attended Bethesda Elementary for kindergarten and Our Lady of Lourdes for grades 1 through 8.  I remember what it was like back then and over the last few years, I have been researching and retracing the Bethesda of my past. The more I read, the more I want to know. I joined Bethesda Historical Society to help promote and preserve the history of Bethesda.

Maria Longo-Swiek

In Memoriam - Amy Rispin

The Bethesda Historical Society extends deepest condolences to the family of Amy Rispin, our beloved volunteer who passed away on February 14, 2022.

Amy was one of the Society’s first volunteers, with her experience and expertise in local history being highly valued by so many in the Bethesda area and throughout Montgomery County.

Amy’s participation in the activities of the Bethesda Historical Society will be greatly missed, but we will fondly remember the comradery we shared as we worked together.