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Chinese Laundries in Chester County

It seemed like the classic immigrant makes good in America story, but life was not easy for the first Chinese residents in West Chester. This is the story of Hop Lee and his nephew Tom Lee.

 Compiling research on the experience of different immigrant groups for CCHS forthcoming exhibit is bringing many fascinating stories to light. Currently, we are seeking photographs of Chinese laundries and the immigrants who ran them.

Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Awarded to CCHS

CCHS is honored by this award, which will provide for the preservation and repair of our historic building's chimneys and roof.

Mystery in Coatesville Hungarian Community

Did you know that Coatesville had a vibrant Hungarian Community in the early twentieth century? Their culture and customs flourished around the churches they established in the west end of Coatesville along with the Poles, Slovaks and Ukrainians.

 A donation of photographs by Mary Maloney opened my eyes to this community.  As always there are some mysteries to be solved with some identifications for these photographs.  Here is the backstory.

History on Tap - Dr. Ann Preston, Pioneer for Women's Rights

History on Tap
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Whip: 1383 N. Chatham Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320

Come see Susannah Brody, one of Chester County’s most exciting story tellers, as she portray Dr. Ann Preston, one of America’s first female doctors and the keynote speaker at Pennsylvania’s first Woman’s Rights Convention on June 3, 1852 in West Chester, PA at Horticultural Hall (now the Chester County Historical Society). Brody will  share excerpts from Dr. Preston’s Convention.