Chester County Historical Society holds History on Tap

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Phyllis Rowan
Daily Local News
Release Date: 
May 20, 2014

Chester County Historical Society holds History on Tap

How much do you know about the history of Chester County. You now have the chance to find out while enjoying a beer and a burger -- or a soda and a sandwich.

Chester County Historical Society will be holding its second annual History Trivia Night on Tuesday, May 20, at Barnaby’s in West Chester. The program is part of the historical society’s History on Tap.

History on Tap, according to Rob Lukens, president of CCHS, had been running for more than two years with the first program in April 2012. This is the 15th program in the series.

“It’s been one of our most successful programs in reaching adults. The attendance has been great; a sum total of close to 1,000 have attended since its inauguration,” he said.

“We were trying to figure out a way to get history programming to the places where people hang out. It’s by no means unique,” he said. Lukens was aware of a Philadelphia program called Science on Tap.

“That program is stationary, we like to move around so our program hits different places in the county,” he said. “We try to partner with other organizations to make sure the program is relevant.” When the event was held at the Marshalton Inn, CCHS partnered with the Friends of the Marshall Tavern; Friends of the Paoli Battlefield was the partner when History on Tap went to the General Warren Inn in Malvern and the Cheshire Hunt conservancy at the Whip in West Marlborough.

“They are great partnerships that help pack the house.”

Lukens said the program is designed to draw people to Chester County history who might not visit the historical society’s museum in West Chester.

“People love the relaxed atmosphere,” said Lukens. “They come have something good to eat and drink in a relaxed casual nature. The program is conversational as opposed to a lecture. It really resonates with the audiences.”

The trivia contest is designed to test your knowledge of Chester County history during a five-round trivia competition open to individuals or teams. The program will be emceed by Chester County Historical Society staff and will feature history-themed prize baskets for the winners in addition to bragging rights as 2014 champions.

Barnaby’s is located at 15 S. High St., West Chester. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

The next History on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 17, at the Marshalton Inn in West Bradford. John Snider presents Josiah Harlan (1799 -1871). Harlan, a Chester County native, was the first American to enter Afghanistan. His adventures in the wilds of India and Afghanistan as a spy, a general and as a king of a mountain tribe in the Hindu Kush were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s short story “The Man Who Would Be King.” What this man did and how he managed to stay alive doing it will be the subject of Snider’s slide-illustrated presentation.

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