Hybrid Book Discussion – Gangsters of Capitalism

Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire by Jonathan M. Katz Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940) was the most celebrated warfighter of his time. This Chester County native, who came from a Quaker background, was the subject of bestselling books and other popular culture. He served in […]

Spy Day (children’s event)

There have been spies in Chester County since the 1600s, but did you know that George Washington's own spy ring was once headquartered here? This brand new event will give children the chance to conduct spy missions through the museum, learn to read and write in cipher and code, explore the science of invisible ink […]

Threats on the Seas: Pirates and the Delaware Valley (virtual)

Pirates are often the subject of films and books that depict them as either dashing swashbucklers or dastardly outlaws, but these popular depictions obscure the reality of pirates in the Delaware Valley. Piracy emerged as a major concern in the Atlantic world in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and Pennsylvanians routinely contended with pirates, […]

Underground Railroad in West Chester (walking tour)

The Underground Railroad was a network of people offering shelter and aid to enslaved men, women and children on their journeys to freedom. This family-friendly walking tour will visit eight locations around downtown West Chester that served as a backdrop for the people involved in this clandestine operation. The tour covers approximately 1.25 miles, lasts […]

Underground Railroad in West Chester (walking tour)

The Underground Railroad was a network of people offering shelter and aid to enslaved men, women and children on their journeys to freedom. This family-friendly walking tour will visit eight locations around downtown West Chester that served as a backdrop for the people involved in this clandestine operation. The tour covers approximately 1.25 miles, lasts […]

County Government Records in Genealogical Research (hybrid)

“My ancestors were from Chester County, what records do you have?” “Do you have birth records?” “When did my ancestors get married?” “My ancestor was listed as an inmate in the taxes, what crime did he commit?” “What are poor school children records?” These are some of the most frequently asked questions by genealogists at […]

Oaklands Cemetery Walking Tour

Many of West Chester's leading citizens are buried at Oaklands Cemetery (founded 1854), but there are dozens of stories that remain untold as well. Join the education staff of the Chester County History Center to learn true tales of the soldiers, statesmen, lawyers, doctors, musicians, athletes, artists and more that found their final rest at […]

Standing on the Border of Two Worlds: The Nature of Cemetery Landscapes (virtual)

Oaklands Cemetery has served as one of West Chester’s primary memorial landscapes since 1854, but it also holds a place within the larger world of well-designed garden cemeteries that redefined the burial ground during the middle decades of the 19th century. This talk will provide a historical framework to help us better understand cemeteries like […]

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (children’s event)

Have you ever wondered what happens at the museum when it's closed? We'll share its secrets with your stuffed friends at our Sleepover! On Friday, August 12th from 2:00pm to 4:30pm, drop off your stuffed animal or favorite toy at the front desk of the Chester County History Center.* We'll take them on an adventure […]

Underground Railroad in West Chester (walking tour)

The Underground Railroad was a network of people offering shelter and aid to enslaved men, women and children on their journeys to freedom. This family-friendly walking tour will visit eight […]

Chester County’s Civil War Generals: They Marched Where Duty Called (virtual)

Of the hundreds of Union Army generals, ten had connections to Chester County. One won the Medal of Honor; several died in action. This presentation honors the lives, campaigns, and achievements of our county's top officers in the American Civil War. About the Speaker: Dave Walter is a retired chief financial officer, who has always […]

Underground Railroad in West Chester (walking tour)

The Underground Railroad was a network of people offering shelter and aid to enslaved men, women and children on their journeys to freedom. This family-friendly walking tour will visit eight locations around downtown West Chester that served as a backdrop for the people involved in this clandestine operation. The tour covers approximately 1.25 miles, lasts […]