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.
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.
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".
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FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) has hosted an innovative program that has positively changed thousands of young lives—National History Day.
In the 1820s, a chemist by the name of Isaac Tyson Jr. made a serendipitous discovery that would change the course of industrial history. At a busy market in Baltimore, Tyson watched a man drive a cart holding a barrel that was propped on some peculiar rocks. Tyson, who already operated a modest chromite mine near Baltimore, recognized the material as chromite.
When Margaret and Thomas C. Willcox purchased their Birchrunville, West Vincent, home about 20 years ago, they were drawn by the quaint setting and historic character. Thomas, a builder, and Margaret, now a real estate agent, had no idea that their house was once home to a man who changed the medical trajectory of the world.