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History on Tap ~ Windsor Chairs

The Ship Inn

693 East Lincoln Highway

Exton, PA 19341

Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm

Herb Lapp will present on Windsor Chairs which have been a popular part of American seating furniture since the 1700s.  Learn from a craftsman about the history of Windsor chairs and how they are made.  He will explore the idea of Windsor chairs in the eighteenth century as possible indication of a linkage between Quakers living in Philadelphia and Chester County.

History on Tap ~ 2nd Annual History Trivia Night

2nd Annual History Trivia Night


15 South High Street

West Chester, PA 19380

Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30pm

How much do you know about Chester County's history? Test your knowledge on May 20 during a five round trivia competition open to individuals or teams.  This program will be emceed by CCHS staff and will feature history-themed prize baskets for the winners in addition to bragging rights as 2014 champions.  

History on Tap ~ Josiah Harlan

History on Tap ~ Josiah Harlan

Marshalton Inn

1300 West Strasburg Road

West Chester, PA 19382

Tuesday, June 17  6:30pm

Elegant & Everyday: CLOTHING from the COLLECTION

Elegant & Everyday: CLOTHING from the COLLECTION

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 8:30 AM TO 4:15 PM



REGISTRATION FORM ~ Registration deadline for both Friday and Saturday events is March 29, 2014. Call 610-692-4800 or visit for inquiries.

History on Tap ~ Ann Preston

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

117 E. Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Laurie Rofini presents Ann Preston (1813-1872). Preston was an abolitionist, a fierce advocate for women’s rights and temperance, a published author, and one of the first American women to receive a medical degree. Learn how this social reformer became a pioneer in women’s medical education.

On the Edge of Discovery: Treasures in a Pocket

Originally Posted March 16, 2012

 You always find the most remarkable things when you are not looking for them. While checking through the carte-de-visite collection for some good examples of portraiture during the Civil War period, I came across an image of a little boy that was faded and water stained.  I was amazed by what I saw written on the back. It read: “This Photo was carried through the War by Lindley E. Way From 1862 to 1865.”  Wow! This photo was in Way’s pocket – I wonder what kind of action it had seen?

Photo Archives Seeks Images of African American Soldiers for Exhibit

Originally Posted March 9, 2012

 Chester County Historical Society is seeking images of African American Civil War soldiers either in uniform or civilian dress for display in the On the Edge of Battle exhibition this fall. We are creating a wall of images of soldiers and the people of Chester County for the exhibit; we would like to copy your originals for the display.


The Bride Guide to West Chester Bridal Showcase

The Bride Guide to West Chester Inaugural Bridal Showcase is taking place on Sunday, February 23rd from 11:00am to 2:00pm here at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, West Chester PA, 19380.

The event is FREE for brides and 1 of their guests, all others it will be $10 at the door.