Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank sponsor the Chester County Historical Society’s The Sixties! exhibition

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Primary Contact: 
David B. Reinfeld
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Secondary Contact: 
Ellen Endslow
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

(West Chester, PA)  The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is thrilled to receive an exciting gift from Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank to be our Presenting Corporate Exhibition Sponsors for a new exhibit called The Sixties! Winds of Change

“Both Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank have been serving clients for more than a century, so we have a profound respect for history. We’re very excited to support the Chester County Historical Society with its new exhibition,” said Matthew Panarese, Wilmington Trust’s market manager for Philadelphia and suburban region. “The 1960s was a pivotal decade for the United States. It’s important to both remember and celebrate our shared history during that time of change.” 

“For more than a century, the Historical Society has worked to preserve Chester County’s rich history,” said Kristen Ladow, group manager of commercial banking for M&T Bank. “We are proud to partner with the Historical Society on this important exhibit and support their continuing mission of honoring our ancestors, as well as educating generations past, present, and future.” 

“CCHS is very excited to partner with Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank to bring the exhibition The Sixties! Winds of Change to the public,” said Rob Lukens, CCHS President.  “The exhibition will provide a powerful and meaningful experience of 1954-1974 for our visitors.” 

CCHS aims to inform, inspire and forge identity among those who experience its exhibitions.  This installation, initiated by community interest, will use original objects, photographs, documents, and oral histories to inspire our visitors. Attendees will experience how national events influenced Chester County, and also how the area, in turn, contributed to those events.  

This will be a two-phase exhibit. Part I of the exhibit, “1960s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and The Media, The Steve and Michell Friedman Collection,” willopen February 21, 2015.  Part II of the exhibit, “The ‘60s! Winds of Change,” will open November 7, 2015.  Programming will take place throughout this timeframe. 

The Sixties! will explore the eventful decade using a chronological framework that will extend from 1954 to 1974. Community and scholarly input has informed how this exhibit will be arranged into two major sections. The first section (1954 to 1967) will look like the 1950s and early 1960s and the second portion (1968 to 1974) will contrast to include the late 1960s and early 70s.  Subjects will include everything from pop culture to civil rights and Vietnam.  

CCHS has assembled a fundraising and marketing committee for this exhibit that includes:

  • Beverly Sheppard, Chair, Community Liaison
  • Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections/Curator, CCHS
  • Kevin Holleran, Attorney, Gawthrop Greenwood
  • Lauren Hoyer, Venue Sales and Marketing Manager, CCHS
  • Susan Hunt, Community Liaison
  • Michell Muldoon, Community Liaison
  • Marc O'Neill, Senior Appraiser at Hilco Appraisal Services
  • Michael Peich, Community Liaison
  • Deborah Van Cleve Phelps, Owner of Van Cleve
  • David Reinfeld, Vice President of Development, CCHS
  • Diane Roskamp, Community Liaison
  • Karen Simmons, President/CEO, Chester County Community Foundation 

We would also like to thank the David and Nancy Knauer Unitrust, Mary and Stuart Brooks /The RC Taylor Group, Beverly Sheppard, A. Roy Smith, Kevin Holleran, Diane and Robert Roskamp, Vietnam Veterans of America #436, Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, Don and Judy Rosato, and Lee Beyer for their generous support of this exhibit. 

Please contact David Reinfeld, Vice of Development, 610-692-4800 ext. 267, or dreinfeld@chestercohistorical.org to join our growing list of supporters for The Sixties! Winds of Change exhibit. 

About the Chester County Historical Society

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 ChesterCoHistorical.org. 

Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank

M&T is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, was founded in 1856 and operates banking offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Visit www.mtb.com for more information. 

Wilmington Trust, part of the M&T corporate family, is a premier provider of wealth and institutional client services, including trust services, estate planning, family governance, and investment management. With roots dating back to the founding of Wilmington Trust Company by T. Coleman DuPont in 1903, Wilmington Trust has been serving successful individual and institutional clients for generations. Learn more at www.WilmingtonTrust.com