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DCHS is temporarily closed to the public for inventory and collections management. Limited research appointments are available by request. To make an appointment or for more information, email 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!

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 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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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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