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Flag Honors Irish Immigrant

It looks like an ordinary flag, but it is not.  It is the coffin flag of one of my immigrant ancestors, and he is honored by its flight above the Chester County Historical Society.

 Claude H. Alexander was born in Dublin in 1894, the third son born to Joseph Fisher Alexander and his wife Kathleen.  Joseph was a civil engineer and work was hard to find in Ireland, so he took a job designing bridges for the Union Pacific Railroad in Quebec. His wife and two older sons went with him in 1905 to Canada; Claude and his younger brother were left behind with his Aunt Edie.

Genealogy Workshop

Chester County Historical Society to Host Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Quilts: The Next Layer

Quilts: The Next Layer

Rotation #1 on view through April 8!

Pieced and appliquéd cotton, silk and wool quilts and quilt tops represent strong 19th-century needlework traditions among local women. This exhibit of two dozen quilts delights the eye and inspires quilters and quilt enthusiasts.  CCHS acquired these quilts since 2003, including one attributed to Rebecca Lukens, and most have never been exhibited before.  

National History Day

The 28th Annual Regional National History Day (NHD) competition will be held at Chester County Historical Society on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017. The top three winners from each category will move on to compete at the State Competition in Carlisle, PA in May. We look forward to supporting the projects from the best and brightest of Chester and Delaware Counties!