Bethesda Historical Society

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

the historical society of Bethesda, Maryland



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Thursday May 13
7:00 pm

The Bethesda Historical Society and Montgomery History  present an exciting Bethesda history program to help celebrate Bethesda’s 150th birthday this year.


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

For over 70 years, the Navy made an indelible mark on the suburbs of Washington, DC with an iconic landmark and complex that was called the National Naval Medical Center, predecessor to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Located in Bethesda, NNMC was comprised of a collection of institutions—from the President’s Hospital, Medical and Dental Schools, and the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI).

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 is in celebration of Bethesda’s 150th birthday and being held in conjunction with the Bethesda Historical Society.

Thank you to Montgomery History and André Sobocinski, historian for the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, for helping the Bethesda Historical Society with our efforts to bring important and interesting Bethesda history to the community.
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May 2021 

Bethesda history now on display
Saturdays 11-3 during May!

Be sure to view the Bethesda Historical Society’s first public Bethesda history exhibit in the windows of Triangle Art Studios, 7711 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.  This is located a block from Old Georgetown Grill and the Diamond Exchange on the same side of the street.
Thank you Bethesda Urban Partnership for loaning us this special downtown Bethesda space!

Thursday June 3
7:30 pm

Bethesda Historical Society Meeting by Zoom
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