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Profiles: Chester County Clothing in the 1800s

Clothing reveals a great deal about who we are.

In the early 1800s the United States was a new nation.  Economic and political opportunity varied across the country.
Chester County was the same, with residents ranging from poor to wealthy.  

Yes You Can Eat Chocolate and Time Travel at the Same Time

It’s delightful to walk around West Chester and look at the wonderful historical buildings. In some sections of town it seems as if nothing has changed. But don’t be deceived, West Chester has and is evolving.

Back to Basics Genealogy - A fresh look at tired sources and techniques

Revisit census and tax records and other seemingly simple records to uncover new data in your family tree. $10 for members; $20 for non-members. Presented by Kim Bucklaw, Assistant Archivist, Chester County Archives.

William C. South in Wikipedia? What a great idea!

You may not have heard of the pioneer of color photography who lived in Downingtown, but it is time that you did.

Fans Unfolded

Summer is a great time to delve into large-scale cataloging projects with the help of interns. This year our focus is fans. We have over five hundred in the museum collection dating from the 1700s to the 1900s.  They are made of paper, silk, leather, feathers, bamboo, tortoiseshell, bone, ivory, and early plastics. Most are from the 1800s when fans were considered an important fashion accessory and a communication tool.

History on Tap

Monday, December 15 at 6:30pm

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

117 E. Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Join CCHS’s President, Rob Lukens, as he explains how stories, events, and figures from our local history inspired him during a year fighting serious illness. You’ll meet explorers, abolitionists, and scientists from the County’s illustrious past and hear about Rob’s own story along the way.

History on Tap

Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30pm

The Whip Tavern

1383 North Chatham Road, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320