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Library Closed in January for Big Dig 2018

The Library closes to researchers during the month of January for the "Big Dig." Library staff and volunteers tackle large projects in order to make new collections available to researchers and increase the information that CCHS has to offer on the people, places, and events of Chester County. Resume your research with us in February!

You've Got Mail! - Open Now

Guest curated by noted philatelist & postal historian Bill Schultz. Includes selections from the Robert Brinton Collection & private award-winning philatelic exhibits.

History on Tap - Paoli's Corsican Connection

Landmark Americana
158 W. Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(The Justice Center Parking garage is nearby.)

Passport Photos Used to Identify World War I Nurses

CCHS Photo Archives hosts a guest blogger, Claire Crosman Wilson.  Visiting our library to view materials donated by her cousins, George and Garrett Forsythe, Claire was captivated by a photograph of Alice Garrett as part of a naval nursing unit sent to serve in Brest, France during World War I.  How Claire uncovered the history of the unit and the tools she used to work on identifying these intrepid women is truly ingenious!


The original photograph is 16 x 20, hence I am posting here a full copy of the image as well as three detail views.

You've Got Mail!

Open November 24, 2017 through April 14, 2018

This exhibit encompasses a significant era of U.S. postal history.  Colonial mail delivery provided access to information, the bedrock of our democracy.  However, as the U.S. began to take shape, so did the U.S. postal service.  Between 1790 and 1890 stamps changed, delivery changed, and postage rates went down.