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CCHS's library will be closed January 1 - 31, 2015 for our "January Big Dig" to address a backlog of valuable library materials which require cataloging, rehousing, and processing. Our goal is to better fulfill the 4,000-plus research requests we receive annually. Because of this, CCHS's library will be closed in January 2015 and reopen in February. No research or photo requests will be fielded during this time at CCHS. Our library staff is excited about the January Big Dig. We will enhance item retrieval, improve indexing, catalog new collections, and rehouse existing materials. All of this means better service for our thousands of annual patrons.
In the heart of historic West Chester, PA, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) preserves and shares the remarkable story of the area's past. Explore over 300 years of history through rare documents, photographs, and newspapers in our research library, seven galleries filled with engaging exhibitions, and special school and public programs year round. From George Washington and the Battle of Brandywine to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Civil Rights, CCHS holds keys to the past for you to discover.
August 4, 2014
Who knew that one of the pioneers of color photography lived in Downingtown, Pennsylvania? Jim LaDrew, retired photo finisher and local historian thought William C. South was worthy of remembrance. He collaborated with Pamela Powell, Photo Archivist of Chester County Historical Society, to post South’s story on Wikipedia.
July 1, 2014
Chester County Historical Society Receives Generous Partnership Grant from The William Penn Foundation
1816: The Year Without a Summer
True – the winter of 2013-2014 was absolutely miserable. But imagine if, here in the month of April, snows still fell and frosts persisted through the summer.
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) hosted hundreds of students from Chester and Delaware Counties during its annual Regional National History Day (NHD) competition. Coincidentally, the event fell on International Women's Day and occurred in Women's History Month, spotlighting the dozens of students who presented projects on women's history topics.