In the heart of historic West Chester, PA, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) preserves and shares the remarkable story of the area's past. Explore over 300 years of history through rare documents, photographs, and newspapers in our research library, seven galleries filled with engaging exhibitions, and special school and public programs year round. From George Washington and the Battle of Brandywine to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Civil Rights, CCHS holds keys to the past for you to discover.

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  • April 4, 2018

    This week is the Chester County Historical Society’s 29th Annual Southeastern PA National History Day (NHD) regional contest. Local students from over 20 different schools will compete at CCHS on Friday April 6 (Senior Contest) and Saturday April 7 (Junior Contest).

  • March 30, 2018


    The Chester County Historical Society and the Chester County Archives will host a series of informative genealogical lectures in May. The Coming to America series focuses on the record types, research strategies, and historical context of immigration and naturalization, with special focus on German, PA Dutch, and Irish ancestors.