The RC Taylor Group sponsors the Chester County Historical Society’s StEPs Initiative

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Primary Contact: 
Ellen Endslow
Primary Phone: 
610-692-4800 x 257
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Secondary Contact: 
David B. Reinfeld
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610-692-4800 x 267
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Release Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2015

The RC Taylor Group sponsors the Chester County Historical Society’s StEPs Initiative  

(West Chester, PA)  The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is thrilled to receive an exciting implementation gift from The RC Taylor Group for a new educational outreach initiative called StEPs starting in early 2015.  This is a capacity building program for history organizations developed by the American Association for State and Local History. 

Stuart Brooks, owner of the RC Taylor Group, stated “The RC Taylor Group is privileged to be involved in this new initiative – and more broadly to be linked with CCHS as they redefine the role and relevance of history as we all move forward.  Their vast collections are only surpassed by their commitment to preservation and presentation.  CCHS is on the move toward pre-eminence in its field, and Chester County will be the beneficiary.” 

“CCHS is very grateful to the RC Taylor Group’s support of the StEPs program, allowing our institution to play a central role in aligning important professional development resources for the County’s historical organizations with those who can benefit from them,” stated Rob Lukens, Ph.D., CCHS President. 

CCHS will work in partnership with the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts (Philadelphia) to lead a two-year-long series of workshops for six Chester County history organizations using the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs, AASLH 2009). It is based on the American Alliance of Museums Standards for Excellence and elaborates on the six primary areas of a museum’s function:

  • Mission, Vision, and Governance
  • Audience
  • Interpretation
  • Stewardship of Collections
  • Stewardship of Historic Structures and Landscapes
  • Management 

In addition to each organization improving its own capacity, the intended result is a stronger museum network in Chester County, a place with more than 100 history related organizations and commissions. Local history organizations will implement professionally accepted approaches to caring for and interpreting local culture.  The network will provide stronger museum advocacy with history organizations speaking as one voice in the community.  Professional connections will enable increased access to existing resources and history networks.  

About the Chester County Historical Society and The RC Taylor Group

 The Chester County Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to inspire, inform, and build community identity by preserving and sharing the remarkable story of Chester County and its people. CCHS has collected materials documenting the diversity of the county from the 1680s to the present. The library houses printed volumes (25,000) and manuscripts (500,000), the museum contains objects (80,000), and the photo archives holds all types of photographs (100,000). For more information, call 610-692-4800 or visit 

The RC Taylor Group

The RC Taylor Group is a West Chester-based consulting firm focused on leadership development, executive coaching, and several specialized aspects of corporate training and development.  Founded in Chester County over 25 years ago, the firm works with senior as well as “emerging” leaders and teams to build inspiring, motivating, productive, highly successful workplaces. For more information, please visit