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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.

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Chester County A to Z

Chester County influences the nation. The nation influenced Chester County.

The people of Chester County have many stories to tell. They plowed fields, rolled steel, travelled the world, fought for freedom, wrote novels, poems and music. Here they found religious refuge and political opportunity, abolitionism and racism, prohibition, social neglect and reform.

This virtual exhibit tells some of the stories that reveal something about the people and places where they lived. We save them in order to learn more about our own communities and ourselves.

"From the Civil War to the Vietnam War: Two Centuries of Battlefield Medicine"

Come early to tour the exhibition, "On the Edge of Battle: Chester County and the Civil War." The exhibit will be open from 6 to 7:30 pm for tours. Professors Joseph Ryan (Villanova University) and Robert Kodosky (West Chester University) will deliver complementary talks on battlefield medicine. Prof. Ryan will speak on the topic as it relates to the Civil War, and Prof. Kodosky will address the topic in terms of the Vietnam War. The talks begin at 7:30 pm. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

CCHS trip to Cooperstown

CCHS is planning an overnight bus trip to Cooperstown N.Y. on Sept 16 and 17. The cost is $200 pp for double occupancy and $250 pp for single occupancy. CCHS members will receive a 10% discount on the cost. The price includes transportation, drivers tip, lodging (breakfast included) and all taxes. The price also includes admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum.