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National History Day: A Call for Support

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FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) has hosted an innovative program that has positively changed thousands of young lives—National History Day. 

A World of Exploration Here at Home…the Chester County Historical Society

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IN BETWEEN YOUR TRIPS to the shore, the Poconos, and the pool, take a trip through history this summer at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS). For people of every interest and age, CCHS provides the perfect escape during long, hot days. Whether you’re looking for a way to entertain Great-Aunt Abigail who just came to town, or you want to get away for a few hours of adventure without leaving the area, you’re sure to find fun at CCHS.

A Spring Tradition:The Chester County Antiques Show

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AMIDST THE BUZZ of spring events, festivals and fundraisers, one event stands out as unique in Chester County. The 31st annual Chester County Antiques Show, presented by PECO for the seventh consecutive year, delights more than 2,000 visitors and collectors every year and draws 50 exceptional dealers from throughout the country to exhibit 18th and 19th century American and continental antiques.

History on Tap

Monday, November 4 at 6:30pm at the Marshalton Inn ~ 1300 West Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA 19382 ~

History on Tap

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm at The Whip Tavern ~ 1383 North Chatham Road, Coatesville, PA 19320 ~ The Whip Tavern

History on Tap

Monday, September 23 at 6:30pm

The General Warren Inne ~ 9 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, PA 19355 ~

"Introductory Lecture on Understanding How to use DNA to Trace Genealogy"

"Introductory Lecture on Understanding How to use DNA to Trace Genealogy"
Hosted by Darvin L. Martin, DNA Pilot Project -

Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00pm
$10 General Public, $5 Members

Darvin Martin of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society delivers this program about how DNA testing can help you understand your place on the world family tree.

Autumn Benefit, an Evening of Elegance and Fashion

The Chester County Historical Society welcomes you to our 2013 Autumn Benefit on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm. This year’s event features the premiere of CCHS’s new exhibition, Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s.

The evening’s theme will incorporate clothing items from the exhibition—the first of its kind in Chester County—along with collaborative pieces with modern flare from fashion consultants of today.

ECHOES of the Civil War Symposium

Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 8:30am - 12:30pm
Registration: $10 CCHS members, $20 non-members, students free with ID
For program details, please see the symposium flyer.
For the registration form click here.


In the heart of historic West Chester, PA, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) preserves and shares the remarkable story of the area's past. Explore over 300 years of history through rare documents, photographs, and newspapers in our research library, seven galleries filled with engaging exhibitions, and special school and public programs year round. From George Washington and the Battle of Brandywine to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Civil Rights, CCHS holds keys to the past for you to discover.