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Coming to America: Irish Records and Research Strategies


Program Description: The number of Irish records available to family researchers has exploded in recent years. The Irish government and Catholic Church are offering unprecedented access to many 19th century records, which can serve as substitutes for documents lost in the Public Records Office fire in 1922. Explore the latest record collections, learn the research methods necessary to expand your Irish family tree in the U.S., and follow along as we demonstrate finding family in Ireland through a case study of a Chester County immigrant from County Donegal.

Coming to America: German Immigrants, Pennsylvania Germans, and their Records


Program Description: The 18th century “Pennsylvania Germans” were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. We will discuss the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of – as well as sources about – the two great waves of German immigrants. We will also review the "basics" of German genealogy and demonstrate the peculiarities of searching for records relating to America’s first large ethnic minority population.

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Coming to America: Exploring Naturalization and Immigration Records


Program Description: We are a country of immigrants– almost everyone’s family immigrated to this country. As a result, it is necessary to understand immigration and naturalization laws and processes in order to find your family in the records. We will discuss passenger lists and how they changed over the years, and we will explore websites that can help you discover the routes your family traveled to come to this country.

Philips Glass Plate Negatives Donated

Old Kennett Meeting House, November 28, 1895. Photo by Charles S. Philips

World War I Commemorated

Be sure to visit our case displays in the permanent gallery to view World War 1 objects and documents from the CCHS collection. This exhibit will be on display through June of 2018.

Tuesday-at-Two Museum Tour: Season of Lights


In this season of short daylight hours, learn about 18th and 19th century lighting devices in the museum collection and find out about lighting traditions and seasonal festivals. This behind-the-scenes program is led by Curator Ellen Endslow and Collections Manager Heather Hansen.

Light refreshments included.

CCHS members $15, non-members $25
RSVP required by Dec. 8; maximum registration is 10 or 610-692-4800

Historical Photo Reproductions Make Special Gifts

Do you know someone who has a place close to their heart in West Chester?  Historical photo reproductions are now $5 off regular prices for matte finish prints Through Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  8 x 10s are $20 and 11 x 14s are $35.

Visit our museum shop for a portfolio of selections.  Order via email or by phone at 610-692-4800 extension 260. 

See our gallery of favorites below:

"The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Area’s Pre-eminence as a Postal Communication Center" Philatelic Lecture

John Barwis: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Area’s Pre-eminence as a Postal Communication Center

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Philatelic Lectures
Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chester County Historical Society