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Object ID 2009.1055.01
Title CCHS Newsletter: 1982
Object Name Newsletter
Date October 1982
Creator CCHS
Description October 16, 1982
Next meeting listed as November 4, 1982
Mary Anne Tuohey, President

October 16, 1982

Dear Friend:

The fall meeting of the Chevy Chase Historical Society will be held Thursday evening, November, 4, 1982, at 8:00P.M. in the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5908 Connecticut Avenue. Charles Capen McLaughlin will be the speaker. His topic will be The Suburban Ideal; the influence of Frederick Law Olmsted and his predecessors on the leafy garden suburbs. He will show slides chosen from his extensive collection to illustrate his lecture.

Charles McLaughlin has been Editor in Chief of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers since 1973 and is Professor of History and American Studies at The American University. In September of this year he received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and a matching funds grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the editing of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers. He has a Batchelor of Arts from Yale College and a Masters Degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a resident of Chevy Chase, Section IV; he and his wife, Anne, live on Maple Avenue.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will preceed it.

During the past year, the Oral History Committee, chaired by Majorie Zapruder, telephone 656 2014, has recorded six interviews with long time or early village residents. We have heard some fascinating answers to questions such as: Where did you work and how did you get there? Who built your house, and when? What did you do all day? How did children entertain themselves during summer vacation? Tell us about your early years. Who lived next door? There are many more histories to be recorded during the coming year(s).

The House Research Committee under co chairmen Alice Consolvo, 6542996, and Marjorie James, 656 5347, has made many trips to the Rockville Courthouse. They researched all the houses on the 1982 Village House Tour as well as many others. On each Rockville trip, the committee incuded members of the society who learned how to research their own houses. More such expeditions are planned.

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One goal for the 1982 83 year is to set up a file of area houses by street and number which will include whatever information becomes available, such as the Title Search, early photographs of the house and its owners, letters and personal memorabilia of early residents, and their oral histories. We have been given a file cabinet for this purpose.

The Gift Committee, chaired by Alice Kinter, 656 3642, has established the procedures for receiving and acknowledging the donations which will become a part of our small, but ever increasing, collection. All, gifts are tax deductible. We are grateful to Board Member, Robert Elliott, for helping us achieve our tax exempt status. (Bob also handled our application for incorporation.) A list of our acquisitions. will be distributed at the November 4th meeting.

In addition to gifts, we have made copies of a number of old photographs, some belonging to David Orem who grew up on Williams Lane, some from the family collection of Leonard Williams who grew up on Thornapple Street, and some belonging to Mimi Minnegeraud Hume whosefamily built 8 Oxford Street. We have also made micro fiche copies of The Thornapple Street News, a neighborhood tabloid size paper published by young residents from 1931 to 1936. In the last year of publication, the circulation was over 700. The originals were loaned by Leonard Williams.

Again this year, we will mount a display of our recent acquisitions which will be shown at the Village Hall on the day of the Village House Tour, April 16, 1983. This display is open to the public without charge.

Each of the committees is always ready to welcome new members for we know that your participation will enrich the work of the Society. If you wish to take part, call the chairman directly, or complete the enclosed survey and mail it or give it to any Board member.

If you have not joined or renewed your membership, we urge you to do so. Family membership is $15.00 per year; individual membership is $10.00 per year. Some interesting meetings and events are being planned for the year. (The calendar for the year is enclosed.) We hope that you will be able to attend all or some of our activities. The Chevy Chase neighborhood has a rich and unique history. Let's join together to preserve the personal histories, the records, the pictures, the facts that will make our past come alive.

Mary Anne Tuohey, President
Robin Reed, Vice President
Harriette Hobbs, Secretary
Peggy Nails, Treasurer
Robert Elliott, Director at Large
Flora Gill Jacobs, Director at Large
Edith Claude Jarvis, Director at Large