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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.

On the Edge of Discovery: Who is George?

Preparing for the forthcoming exhibit, “On the Edge of Battle” I have the fascinating experience of looking at every photograph in the collection connected with Chester County in the Civil War.  The photograph of “George” presents an intriguing mystery.

Photo Archives News: Rare Stereoview of Galusha Pennypacker Purchased at Auction

Through the generosity of two anonymous donors, CCHS was able to purchase at auction personal letters, service records and a rare photograph of Brevet Major General Galusha Pennypacker, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic Civil War service. Pennypacker made his career in the Army after the war.

Chilling Reality: Chester County's Arctic Explorers

Chilling Reality uncovered the deep connections that four Chester Countians – Isaac Israel Hayes, Amos Bonsall, Samuel Entrikin, and Harry Whitney — had with the Arctic. Their artifacts and the stories that go with them bridge this lost past to our current present. This exhibition explained how the Arctic once defined what America was, and how this heritage still defines our relationship to that region.