Past Exhibits

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  • Quilts: The Next Layer

    Rotation #1 on view through April 8!

  • Closes July 12, 2017

    Quilts: The Next Layer 

    Rotation #2 reopens May 2!

  • On Oscar weekend 2015 CCHS opened an exciting exhibit of memorabilia representing more than 160 movies from the mid-1950s to early 1970s.   Most of the movies, though, are features from the 1960s.  All of it was collected by Steve (Mr.  Movie) and Michell Friedman.

  • Opens November 10, 2015

    November 10 is when the exhibit officially opens to the public as we look-back at the excitement and the tumult of the 60’s in Chester County.  In this exhibition, the framework of national events will shape the stories of local experiences starting with the 1954 Brown vs.

  • Closing January 3, 2015
  • Closes October 2011
  • Closes September 2012

    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.

  • Closes August 2012

    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&rsq

  • Closes February 2013

    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.

  • Closes November 2013

    Gaze into the recent and distant past of Chester County through the people captured in painted portraits. Before Facebook, paintings revealed people, their settings and artistic styles of their era.