Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), founded in 1893, is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the history of Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting that history and its relationship to the region, and nation beyong, to audiences of all ages and interests. With diverse audiences and Chester County's unique heritage at its core, CCHS is an educational leader in the history community of southeastern Pennsylvania. Located in a largely suburban area southwest of Philadelphia in a region rich with museums, CCHS has established a clear identity as the only institution offering a comprehensive history of the southeastern Pennsylvania region dating to its beginnings in 1682. Because of the important role Chester County played in the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery, scholars and out-of-state visitors as well as those from the neighboring counties often use our collections and attend our programs and exhibitions. CCHS develops and serves its audiences through the following efforts: a fully-accesible, barrier-free facility, six galleries for permanent and temporary exhibits, school programs delivered through outreach as well as on-site efforts, two lecture series each year, and collaboration with organizations serving non-traditional museum audiences, civic organizations, schools and colleges. Together with Chester County government, CCHS administers the Chester County Archives. This cooperative relationship adds three-hundred years of public records to the Society's care, one of the finest and most complete collections of historic county records in the nation.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 225 North High Street, West Chester, 19380
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Rowland H. Woodward
Location Type: Facility
UGRR Operatives: David Evans,Frederick Douglass