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President's Page

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Welcome to the Chester County Historical Society. My name is Rob Lukens and I have been the President of CCHS since 2011. I am a native of southeastern Pennsylvania. My family has been in the Philadelphia area since my ancestor Jan Lucken emigrated from Krefeld, Germany to found Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1683 with thirteen other families.  

I have a deep fascination with the astounding history of this area. This passion started when I was a child conducting makeshift archeological digs in my neighbor's yard and sneaking into abandoned 19th century carriage houses. That passion was forged in 1993 when I began my museum career as a volunteer working with CCHS's collections. From there, I have interned and worked at CCHS in various capacities, researched my dissertation in its stellar collections, and even while working at other institutions, guest curated an exhibition here.

CCHS State of the Organization Address presented by Rob Lukens on October 16, 2014.
Many thanks to Kyle Hudson / Digital Exhibitions Systems for producing this video.

The bottom line is - I love this place and know you will too (if you don't yet!). Here, you can check out some of the stories - from the lively and moving to the  bizarre and inspiring - of Chester County through articles I've written. You can also learn about the County's rich heritage through my radio show, "Passing Time" on WCHE 1520 a.m.

Passing Time: 

Since July 2012, I have hosted my own radio show on WCHE 1520 a.m. (the Talk of Chester County) called "Passing Time." My half-hour long show explores the rich history of Chester County through informal discussions with notable guests that include historians, authors, museum and historic professionals, and many others that contribute to our understanding of the past. Episodes will be uploaded here as they become available: Click the links below to listen to previous recordings of "Passing Time".

Passing Time Audio: 

Published Articles

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