Bethesda Historical Society

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

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland



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Bethesda Videos

History of Bethesda Schools with Ralph Buglass

This richly-illustrated talk, in partnership with the Bethesda Historical Society, details the ways that Bethesda schools set the pace for education in Montgomery County public schools beginning in the early 1900s. A 1-hour video from October 5, 2021.

Award to Bethesda's Bill Offutt

Congratulations to Bethesda historian and lifelong resident Bill Offutt who was presented Montgomery Preservation’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. An 8-minute video. 

Bethesda Historical Society Tour

It’s the 150 year anniversary of Bethesda and the Bethesda Historical Society along with Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson went back in time to see what has always made it a very special place. A 5-minute video.

Bethesda's Most Famous Athlete

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The Story of Walter Johnson & the World Series, a 12-minute video documentary by Ted Chalfen (2016)

Wisconsin Avenue Through the Years

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A 16-minute tour of downtown Bethesda

Bethesda Presbyterian Grows Up

Bethesda Presbyterian Grows Up video
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Found in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church archives and converted into DVD format, this is a semi-professional promotional piece for the expansion of its worship and educational facilities in the early 1940s.  An 18-minute video.

Bill Offutt

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Bill Offutt, local historian and author of “Bethesda: A Social History” remembers Bethesda from the 1940s to the present day. A 19-minute video from Montgomery Municipal Cable.

Early History of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

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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.

The Bethesda Historical Society

The story of the Bethesda Historical Society with Society President Wendy Kaufman. A 6-minute video from Montgomery Municipal Cable.

“The Navy in Bethesda: From Navy Flagship to Medical Innovation, 1939-2011” with André Sobocinski

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Learn about the vital role Bethesda has played in medical science and innovation as André Sobocinski, historian for the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, discusses some of the hallmarks from NMRI’s history, from the survival kit for castaways to the Tissue Bank.
This program was held in celebration of Bethesda’s 150th birthday  in conjunction with the Montgomery History and the  Bethesda Historical Society.