Bethesda Historical Society

January 23, 2022 - Bethesda's 151st birthday!

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland

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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.

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).

Maria Longo-Swiek

More Society volunteers to come!

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