Historic Chevy Chase DC
HCCDC is celebrating its 30th year as a nonprofit historical society conducting research and documenting the history, design architecture, landscape, streetscape and development of Chevy Chase DC, a lovely circa-1907 community in Northwest Washington DC.
We have captured more than 32 oral histories of our residents, conducted a rigorous research study of the community’s desire for a Historic District, organize history-related talks and events and conduct a popular Historic Walking Tour every September, among many other activities. We welcome your involvement and interest!
HCCDC’s initiative to recognize the history of Black landowners forced out in 1928 to create Lafayette Park includes a plan to rename the park to Lafayette-Pointer Park. The letter above was written in 1829 by George Pointer, a slave who bought his own freedom at age 17 and whose descendants settled on Broad Branch.
HCCDC’s online archives hold a growing collection of social and architectural histories of Chevy Chase DC houses, including Pam and Carl Lankowski’s 1919 kit house on McKinley Street.
Report on Webinar Featuring Georgetown Professor Includes List of Further Reading
A July 6 story by WTOP puts River Road Moses Cemetery back in the news. The old burial grounds — now mostly paved over by a parking lot at Westwood — that had served families who once lived in Reno City among other African Americans communities in the early 20th century, is the subject of …
HCCDC President Carl Lankowski’s look back over 30 years of modern local history starts with a quote from one of the organization’s founders. “Historic Chevy Chase DC was founded as a way to document the historic significance of the Chevy Chase DC neighborhood, a community comprised of a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and cultures, bringing together both the east and west sides of Connecticut Avenue as a community of historical interest.” — William West Hopper
Listen to the recording of an insightful conversation held online with professors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove, co-authors of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital (2017). The June 16 event, co-sponsored by HCCDC and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., focused on the history of police brutality …
At least 78 viewers logged into our first Zoom conference on May 12 entitled, “The History of Your House,” by HCCDC President Carl Lankowski. Carl, who bought his house on McKinley Street with his wife Pam in 2010, used his own house’s story to talk about what a house history entails, the types of things …
NEW! Read about the latest intrigues of Chevy Chase DC’s past in Cate Toups Atkinson’s most recent blog post. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Barnaby Woods resident was a rising opera star in the 1970s. But despite giving that jet-setting life up long ago, the very ground on which he lives is in itself a musical serenade.
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