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Check Out New Chester County Time Machine Site on the May 2nd Gallery Walk

The Chestnut Street Friends Meeting on the corner of Church and Chestnut Streets, West Chester, as it appeared in 1898. Photo by Gilbert Cope.

Historical Photograph of Long-Distance Woman Bicyclist in 1896!

For everyone who enjoyed the lively photographs of sports and recreation at CCHS' recent Antiques Show, here is the story on one of the photos on display. The following blog was originally published March 26, 2010.

Duplicate Book Sale

Duplicate Book Sale

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8:30am – 4:00pm (schedule below)

 It’s a book sale with a purpose! 

History's People: Women's History Rules at the Chester County Historical Society's National History Day Competition

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.

Fighting the Monster: Stop Human Trafficking in Chester County!

Fighting the Monster: Stop Human Trafficking in Chester County!

Wed., June 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Chester County Historical Society

225 N. High Street, West Chester 

History's People: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall had County Ties

In September 1925, an unassuming young seventeen-year-old packed his bags for college, hopped in his parents’ car, and took a ride from his native Maryland to Lincoln University in southern Chester County.  Twenty-nine years later, this man helped topple the "separate but equal" legal foundation of racial discrimination and later became the United States’ first African American Supreme Court Justice. This was none other than Thurgood Marshall.

History's People: Carles, Steichen, and the PAFA Country School in Chester Springs

The past is full of mysteries.  There is one that's been stuck in the back of my mind for years.

It is the story of a series of photographs. The images include the artists Arthur and Sara Carles and they were shot at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School in Chester Springs, Chester County. Circumstantial evidence points to the possibility that the photographer may have been the famed modernist Edward Steichen.  Few, if any, know about this story, until now.

History's People: Eleanor Moore McCullough's Life was a Tale of Resolve and Endurance

If you walk into CCHS’s current feature exhibition, Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s, you will immediately be struck by an explosion of colors, shapes and sizes. Hidden among the fancy dresses and coats is an unassuming dress that one might miss at first glance. Its demure appearance belies its story, the story of Eleanor Bechtel Moore McCullough.