Staff

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Administration

Elizabeth Laurent

President

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elaurent@chestercohistorical.org

Elizabeth Laurent was appointed the Society’s President in July 2016. From 2008 until joining CCHS, she was the Director of Historic Resources at Girard College in Philadelphia. She also served as Associate Director and as a consulting curator at Girard. During her Girard tenure, she reinterpreted and updated the school's museum, making it relevant to new generations of students, as well as to visiting scholars and tourists. Laurent was instrumental in restoring the College’s Founder’s Hall; the restoration of  its north and south doors won a 2016 Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia Grand Jury Achievement Award.  

Laurent received an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware and a B.A. in history and art history from Williams College. She has served as a trustee of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, where she chaired the collections committee, and has also served on advisory committees in Virginia and Philadelphia.  

Business Office

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finance@chestercohistorical.org

Chester County Archives

Laurie Rofini

Director of Archives and Records Services

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.

Cliff Parker

Archivist

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.

Kim Bucklaw

Assistant Archivist

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.

Development

Cyndi Meadows

Venue Sales and Marketing Manager

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rentals@chestercohistorical.org

Education

VICKI MCKEEFERY and CAROL SAMUELSON

Education Coordinators

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vmckeefery@chestercohistorical.org; csamuelson@chestercohistorical.org

Carol and Vicki manage the day-to-day running of the youth programs at the Historical Society. They plan programs and teach both at the museum and in classroom outreach programs.

Library

MARGARET BAILLIE

Assistant Librarian

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mbaillie@chestercohistorical.org

Margaret processes and writes finding aids for manuscript collections in addition to her time spent as a part-time reference librarian.

Jasmine Smith

Librarian

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jsmith@chestercohistorical.org

Jasmine oversees the daily operation of the library, providing access to more than 500,000 manuscripts and 25,000 reference books.  Materials are available to the public on-site during regular business hours and remotely via the research request form on this website, library@chestercohistorical.org, mail, or calling the reference desk at 610-692-4800 x221.  Finding aids, posted on the website, may be of help in advance of your inquiry.  This special collection focuses on genealogy and a wide range of local history subjects of local, regional and national interest.

Museum

ELLEN ENDSLOW

Director of Collections/Curator

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eendslow@chestercohistorical.org

As Director of Collections, Ellen oversees the museum, library, photo archives and County Archives. Grant opportunities and team projects are geared to making collections in all three areas more accessible to the public.  Putting to use more than 20 years of experience, as the Curator she is responsible for the care, interpretation of and access to the museum collection of 80,000 objects.  She participates in collections management, exhibition development and public outreach. She also handles institutional requests for object loans and the museum reproduction and photo reproduction requests.

HEATHER HANSEN

Collections Manager

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hhansen@chestercohistorical.org

Heather has over five years of experience in exhibit preparation and installation, museum registration methods, and collections care. As collections manager, Heather maintains and provides access to objects in the museum collection. She assists the curator with installing exhibits, cataloging new and existing collections, and interpreting artifacts. Heather is also primarily responsible for coordinating volunteer projects in the museum.

Photo Archives

PAM POWELL

Photo Archivist

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ppowell@chestercohistorical.org

Pam oversees the Photo Archives, which is the place to call if you are looking for historical photographs for research purposes or for publication in books, magazines, newspapers and videos. CCHS Photo Archives has over 80,000 historical photographs that document Chester County people and landscape from the 1840s to today. CCHS reproduction service can make reproductions suitable for display or to suit commercial needs.

Have a question regarding preserving your family's collection of photographs? Having a hard time assigning a date to a historical photo? The photo archivist can assist you.