In anticipation of the day when it will reopen to the public, the Chester County Historical Society has been busy during the pandemic-driven shutdown, rebranding itself in an effort to better connect with the community.
In its ongoing quest to bring the diverse and robust history of Chester County to life, the West Chester-based nonprofit has changed its name to the Chester County History Center and unveiled a new membership program that will enable people to create their own journey into history.
“The name change reflects all of the ways that we think of ourselves as a ‘center’ – a center for learning about the county’s past, a center for the care and preservation of hundreds of thousands of collections, and a welcoming center for the whole of the county to discover, enjoy, and explore history together,” said Interim President Beverly Sheppard.
In addition to the name change, the Chester County History Center is changing its core exhibits and curating new history adventures that will explore nearly four centuries of Chester County’s rich past.
All new members will receive a 15-month membership and an invitation to the Members-Only explorations of the CCHC’s new four-gallery exhibit, “Becoming Chester County,” and the Visible Storage Galleries. For the first time in more than 20 years, all second-floor galleries and two first-floor galleries will be completely reinstalled with new, dynamic exhibits that tell the county’s dramatic stories.
CCHC invites you to be one of the first visitors to view them in person. Every return visit will engage you, your family, and your friends to discover more about the amazing people, extraordinary events, and uniquely Chester County stories that have shaped who we are today.
“CCHC, like most nonprofits, is profoundly affected by COVID-19,” said Allison Snavely, Director of Development. “During the pandemic, it was important not to retreat from our new vision but to use the time to reflect on our role in community. CCHC is a center where community members can learn about their past and are also welcomed to share their stories of the now. As the county’s official memory keeper, our future must be an inclusive narrative of all people.”
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