5 Chester County Museums & Historical Societies Awarded Grants to Support Culture  

Image via The Wharton Esherick Museum.
The Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern.

Over 161 museums and historical societies across the Keystone State have been awarded a total of nearly $2 million in grants from the PA Historical & Museum Commission. Five of the recipients were in Chester County.  

Chester County Historical Society, West Chester 

Award: $16,956 

This private collection is the hub of Chester County history, heritage and culture. It’s a place for people to learn about the past. The exhibition features entertainment-related memorabilia.  

Historic Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs Village  

Award: $10,454  

This spot in the village of Yellow Springs focuses on preservation and showcases the history, art, and culture of the town. It hosts art shows and concerts as well as town tours. It’s home to an arts center that holds workshops and classes.  

Wharton Esherick Museum, Malvern  

Award: $7,789 

The museum comprises the home and studio of American artist Wharton Esherick. Running for 50 years, it features the late artist’s work and highlights his life and legacy.  

Graystone Society, Inc., Coatesville 

Award: $6,231  

This non-profit focuses on educating the public about the history of iron and steel in the county. It’s home to the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum.  

Historic Sugartown Inc., Malvern 

Award: $4,000 

This 19th century village preserves historic Sugartown. It was named after tavern-owner Eli Shugart. The town served as hub for business and trade after The American Revolution.  

Read more about the grants from the Pennsylvania Pressroom.

WHYY’s mini documentary on The Wharton Esherick Studio.

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