Bethesda Historical Society

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

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Bethesda History Videos

Dairy Industry in the Bethesda Area in the First Half of the 20th Century

Dairy farms and creameries in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring area were pretty much gone by the 1940s. The early Bethesda area dairy farms and creameries are identified and located on a map and some are discussed in detail. This presentation by Richard Rowe of the MOOseum, was developed in cooperation with the Bethesda Historical Society to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Bethesda.

An 80-minute video from Montgomery History April 27, 2022.

History of Bethesda Schools

This richly-illustrated talk by Ralph Buglass, in partnership with the Bethesda Historical Society, will detail the ways that Bethesda schools set the pace for education in Montgomery County public schools beginning in the early 1900s.

A 65-minute video from Montgomery History

Bill Offutt

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.

Award to Bethesda's Bill Offutt

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Congratulations to Bethesda historian and lifelong resident Bill Offutt who was presented Montgomery Preservation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
A 13-minute video. 

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.

Bethesda Historical Society Tour

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2021 was 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.

Early History of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

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The early history of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.
A 15-minute video produced in 1950 with a U.S. Department of State grant.

Wisconsin Avenue Through the Years

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A 16-minute tour of downtown Bethesda

The Navy in Bethesda from 1939-2011

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.

Bethesda's Most Famous Athlete

The Story of Walter Johnson & the 1924 World Series.
A 12-minute video documentary by Ted Chalfen (2016)

Walter Johnson High School in 1962

A 1962 Japanese documentary about Walter Johnson High School. Dubbed in English.

A 19-minute video posted by Montgomery County Public Schools TV

Bethesda Presbyterian Church Grows Up

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.