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Passport Photos Used to Identify World War I Nurses

CCHS Photo Archives hosts a guest blogger, Claire Crosman Wilson.  Visiting our library to view materials donated by her cousins, George and Garrett Forsythe, Claire was captivated by a photograph of Alice Garrett as part of a naval nursing unit sent to serve in Brest, France during World War I.  How Claire uncovered the history of the unit and the tools she used to work on identifying these intrepid women is truly ingenious!


The original photograph is 16 x 20, hence I am posting here a full copy of the image as well as three detail views.

You've Got Mail!

Open November 24, 2017 through April 14, 2018

This exhibit encompasses a significant era of U.S. postal history.  Colonial mail delivery provided access to information, the bedrock of our democracy.  However, as the U.S. began to take shape, so did the U.S. postal service.  Between 1790 and 1890 stamps changed, delivery changed, and postage rates went down. 

Is This Your Fireplace?

We have a dilemma. These glass plate negatives have been identified as being made to two different photographers. They were taken between 1885 and 1895.  A link to the correct photographer may be made by identifying the house shown in the photographs.  Do you recognize the fireplaces or the elaborate stairway shown in these photographs?  If you do, please contact Pamela Powell, photo archivist at   Thank you!

History On Tap - Sports Legends of Chester County


Timothy’s West Chester
929 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Limited menu and beverages available for purchase.

Chester County Historical Society at or 610-692-4800
Tickets will go quickly RESERVE TODAY

Suggested Donation $10.00 per person
Dinner not included

Gallery Walk

Join us for an exciting evening on October 6th from 5pm to 9pm, as we join the borough in showcasing local arts and culture. 

Our guest artist for the evening is GiGi Singh, creator of handmade clay jewelry. Come in to see her beautiful and affordable collection!

Also joining us will be the Brandywine Ballet with make-up demonstrations, photography, artwork and dancers.