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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.

IN STITCHES: Unraveling Their Stories

Westtown School and the Chester County Historical Society provided a unique opportunity to see large portions of their needlework collections in one exhibition.

This exhibition explored how commonplace pieces become heirloom treasures.  Select samplers and other embroidery made by girls from Chester County and the surrounding area 200 years ago were on display.

In Stitches was generously sponsored by William B. Parker and Westtown School.

Bayard Rustin's Local Roots

Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987), whose 100th birthday would have been March 2012, was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights.  He was also a West Chester native who was active here and across the nation in the struggle for human rights and economic justice for over 50 years.  Rustin’s extensive background in the theory, strategies, and tactics of nonviolent action proved invaluable his close association with Dr.

Cut It Out! 200 Years of Paper Dolls

The popularity of paper dolls as childhood entertainment will be captured in a special exhibit. Although the peak of popularity was in the mid-1900s, paper dolls have been handmade since the 1700s and mass produced as early as 1812. A wide selection from the vast CCHS collection, numbering over 8,000 paper dolls, will reveal the range of unique and printed pieces that are a feast for the eyes for any fashion enthusiast, celebrity watcher, or child at heart.


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Located on the 2nd Floor, the Auditorium is the largest event space in downtown West Chester with 2,600 square feet of convertible space. Available 7 days a week for day or evening events. The space can accommodate 300 guests for cocktail/standing receptions, 250 guests theatre style or 180 guests for a seated dinner. 

Kim Bucklaw

Kim has 9 years professional experience working in record repositories and holds certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She assists in preserving and making accessible the historic county government records and in maintaining the Archives Website. She is also a genealogical researcher and lecturer for CCHS and the Archives.

Cliff Parker

Cliff oversees the day to day operations of the Chester County Archives.  With over 17 years of experience working with government records, his primary responsibilities include the long term preservation and accessibility of the historic county government records and maintaining the Archives Website.

Laurie Rofini

Laurie has over 30 years of archival experience. She is responsible for the operation of Chester County Archives and Records Services, a county department that includes the Chester County Archives and provides records management services to other county departments. She also is a member of the Historical Society’s Speakers Bureau, providing illustrated talks on Chester County women and social reform movements.