Bethesda Historical Society

January 23, 2024 - Bethesda's 153rd birthday!

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Bethesda Memories President Franklin Roosevelt Designs the new Naval Hospital in Bethesda In December 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sketched out on White House stationery his vision for a new naval hospital to be built in the Washington area. He based his design on the new Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln (below) that had […]

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The Edgemoor Club in Bethesda reached acclaim in the late 1950s when Pauline Betz Addie—ranked No. 1 in the world in 1946 and winner of six Grand Slam tennis titles, including Wimbledon, and Forest Hills four times—became the club pro.                                                    

Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market

For two years the women worked to prepare themselves and their products for the market place. At their club meetings, the women, with the help of specialists in nutrition, poultry, dairy products, and animal husbandry, worked to standardize their products. Potential products were brought to the meetings to be checked and graded. This process went […]

A Brief Spiritual Biography of Bethesda Presbyterian Church

Historically, Bethesda Presbyterian Church is recognized as “the church that named Bethesda.” However, today’s ministry focuses on the present urbanization of the community. The current structure has been located in downtown Bethesda for almost 100 years, but the congregation had previously served the southern part of Montgomery County at two other locations for 200 years […]

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