Starting June 1, 2022, DCHS will be temporarily closed for inventory and collections management. Limited research appointments are available by request. To make an appointment or for more information, email research@padelcohistory.org or call 610-359-0832.
Leather Bound Books
  • 4,500+ books on local genealogy & county history

  • 200 original and/or copies of handwritten documents from colonial period

  • William Penn original documents, land grants & wills

  • Family Bible Collection

  • 350,000 historic documents

  • Yearbooks dating back to 1880

  • Newspaper & Census Collection

  • Maps & Atlases


Current Exhibit:

"125 Years of Delaware County History"

  • 75,000+ Photographs

  • Painting Collection

  • Celebrated Portraits

  • Furniture Collection & Staged Rooms

  • War Artifacts

  • Clothing Collection

  • Farm Equipment Collection

  • Touch & Learn Artifact Table

  • Children experience hands-on educational learning

  • Learn the historic significance of Delaware County through play

  • Discover an 18th century one-room schoolhouse and...

  • Explore a child's bedroom and an adult parlor from colonial times


Book a School or Group Tour!

Summer 2022 Update


Here at Delaware County Historical Society we’re busier than ever:


  • Inventorying and organizing the collection to ensure that our artifacts tell Delco’s full history.

  • Scheduling exciting programs like the one this Fall that will tell the story of bootlegging in Chester during Prohibition.  

  • Looking for better ways to serve the community and present our archives.



We need your help!


  • Tell us your thoughts on ways we can make our archives more accessible

  • Suggest ideas for programming

  • Nominate possible new Board members who can help us serve Delco better.


Complete this form or email outreach@padelcohistory.org with your ideas.


Thank you for all your support!

The mission of Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) is to collect, protect and preserve the history and culture of Delaware County, PA making it accessible to all by providing strong educational outreach.  


Since 1895, DCHS has been gathering and sharing the stories of the county and its people. 


Where history comes to life. 

Sun Shipbuildling
Sun Shipbuildling

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Lewis Family China
Lewis Family China

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Clothing display
Clothing display

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Sun Shipbuildling
Sun Shipbuildling

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June 2022 - Update from the Executive Director


Dear DCHS Friends,

As you may have heard from the news, Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) is closed to the public for a long overdue and essential inventory and vetting of its collections and artifacts. This process or “review” will allow for reflective re-examination of the DCHS collections and will offer members of the community various opportunities to participate.

The DCHS team has spent over a month investigating and researching national and even international best practices for collections management. Additionally, the team has conferred with leaders in the field of collections development. Using this information, DCHS has created a methodical process for implementing a complete inventory and vetting of the collections.

Our primary goal is to shape the collections’ composition to accurately support the mission of Delaware County Historical Society: “to collect, protect, and preserve the history and culture of Delaware County, making it accessible to all through strong educational outreach.” Just as important is to ensure that DCHS is providing good stewardship to our collections.

In the coming months DCHS will be sending out a timeline for implementation, and our best estimate of how long the process will take to complete. DCHS fully respects the importance the role that public trust including donor confidence plays, and will strive to be transparent and open throughout the entire process. To prevent improprieties any deaccessioning and/or disposal of items from the collections will be subject to rigorous procedures and will include a final review from a committee composed of qualified appraisers, local historians, donors, DCHS members and DCHS Board members.

“Deaccessioning and disposal are a legitimate part of responsible collections management. Prudent collections management includes a judicious consideration of appropriate deaccessioning and disposal. This periodic review, evaluation, deaccessioning, and disposal of existing collections is intended to refine and improve the quality and relevance of the collections with respect to the mission and purpose.” (Smithsonian Institute, 2001)

Please know that DCHS will not be disposing of any items of the collections to generate revenue for general operating funds or capital costs, and, of course, donors will the get first right of refusal if their items are under consideration for deaccession. The limited “team” is working as hard as we can to make DCHS relevant and meaningful to the residents of Delaware County, while ensuring the future sustainability of Delaware County Historical Society for generations to come.

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss this further, Sandy Tutton, Chair of the DCHS Board of Directors, and Laurie Grant, DCHS Executive Director are available.

Historically yours,

Laurie J. Grant

Executive Director

Delaware County Historical Society


Office: 610. 359. 0832 x 100

Cell: 610. 952. 5393

Penns Landing Chester
Black History Month 2022

Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company's
Yard No. 4

Learn about the history of Sun Ship's segregated shipyard and Black shipbuilders during and after WWII. 

Live Virtual Program was
held on Feb 23, 2022




(610) 359-0832


(610) 872-0503




408 Avenue of the States

Chester, PA 19013

(across from City Hall)

Free parking lot located on

W. 4th St. & City Hall Pl.


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