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History's People: Chester County's Passmore Williamson famed abolitionist

Passmore Williamson was born Feb. 23, 1822, into a Chester County Quaker family, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Pyle Williamson. On July 27, 1855, Williamson was committed to Moyamensing Prison, where he would spend the next 100 days. What took Passmore Williamson from Chester County to a Philadelphia jail, imprisoned on the order of a federal judge?

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Passmore Williamson’s Prison Visitors’ Book Held by Chester County Historical Society is one of Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.


Pam oversees the Photo Archives, which is the place to call if you are looking for historical photographs for research purposes or for publication in books, magazines, newspapers and videos. CCHS Photo Archives has over 80,000 historical photographs that document Chester County people and landscape from the 1840s to today. CCHS reproduction service can make reproductions suitable for display or to suit commercial needs.


Heather has over five years of experience in exhibit preparation and installation, museum registration methods, and collections care. As collections manager, Heather maintains and provides access to objects in the museum collection. She assists the curator with installing exhibits, cataloging new and existing collections, and interpreting artifacts. Heather is also primarily responsible for coordinating volunteer projects in the museum.


As Director of Collections, Ellen oversees the museum, library, photo archives and County Archives. Grant opportunities and team projects are geared to making collections in all three areas more accessible to the public.  Putting to use more than 20 years of experience, as the Curator she is responsible for the care, interpretation of and access to the museum collection of 80,000 objects.  She participates in collections management, exhibition development and public outreach.


Margaret processes and writes finding aids for manuscript collections in addition to her time spent as a part-time reference librarian.


Carol and Vicki manage the day-to-day running of the youth programs at the Historical Society. They plan programs and teach both at the museum and in classroom outreach programs.

CCHS Ties It All Together with Its Autumn Benefit

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FALL IS A BUSY TIME in Chester County. School begins, summer vacations end and the fall fundraising season starts in full force in September. This fall, one event promises to stand out from the crowd. On Friday, November 22, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) will host its autumn benefit with the theme, “An Evening of Elegance and Fashion.”