Chester County Historical Society Receives $250,000 Technology Pledge from Bentley Systems for Chester County: A Place in History

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Primary Contact: 
David Reinfeld
Primary Phone: 
610-692-4800 x267
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Secondary Contact: 
Perry Bentley, Corporate Initiatives Associate
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Release Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015

(West Chester, PA) The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is pleased to receive a technology pledge of $250,000 from Bentley Systems for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History. The pledge will aid CCHS in developing interactive components for this exhibit such as touchscreens, mobile tablets, handicapped-accessible devices, computer-based kiosks and listening stations, audio and multi-media devices, and manipulatives. 

The Chester County Historical Society’s new 6,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibition Chester County: A Place in History will highlight CCHS’s nationally recognized permanent collections with a depth of interpretation that will enable visitors, local and distant, to understand more about this community and their relationship to it. This innovative re-installation and expansion project will feature stories about people, places and events that make this vibrant county unique. CCHS will be able to increase access physically and electronically to more objects, photographs, and manuscripts than ever before through the exhibit and an adjacent gallery featuring visible storage. The exhibition is scheduled to open in 2017. 

“This exhibition marries the past and present of Chester County by using cutting-edge technology to tell a story about our beginnings,” said Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley. “My wife, Caroline, and I, along with all of my colleagues at Bentley, are proud to support the Chester County Historical Society as it continues this great work enhanced by Rob Lukens. Chester County: A Place in History will be a testament to his vision and forward-thinking approach to our shared history.” 

David B. Reinfeld, Interim President & VP, Development of the Historical Society, stated, “CCHS is very grateful for this significant technology pledge from Bentley Systems. It speaks volumes about Greg and Caroline Bentley’s and Bentley Systems’ continued generous support of CCHS’s mission and the importance of the exhibition Chester County: A Place in History, which will inspire innumerable visitors and researchers for decades to come.” 

An anonymous donor who believes strongly in the importance of this project will match each gift in 2015 dollar for dollar, thus doubling every donation’s power. To date, CCHS has successfully raised more than $2.2 million in gifts and pledges from members and community partners towards Chester County: A Place in History. For more information, please visit 

About the Chester County Historical Society

The Chester County Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the history of Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting that history and its relationship to the region, and nation beyond, to audiences of all ages and interests. CCHS’s library has collected materials documenting the diversity of the county from the 1680s to the present. The library houses collections of printed volumes (25,000), and manuscripts (500,000) including letters, diaries and other personal papers, business and organizational records, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, audio-visual material and genealogical material related to the history of the county and surrounding area. For more information, call 610-692-4800 or visit

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. For more information, visit