Our Mission:

Delaware County Historical Society collects, protects and preserves the history and culture of Delaware County, making it accessible to all through strong educational outreach.

A Note from the Executive Director, Fall 2020:


Dear Friends,


2019-2020FY was a successful year for Delaware County Historical Society and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who through their support, time, dedication, and commitment truly makes DCHS such a unique organization. DCHS’s “Pennies4Lincoln” campaign received an unprecedented response from residents of the County and history buffs throughout the Country. I am proud to announce that DCHS successfully raised the funds needed to restore the 1860 Lincoln Presidential Campaign Banner, and it is being sent to the restoration company as soon as they are operating post pandemic.


As we celebrate our 125th anniversary we are looking forward to an even more successful and busier 2020-2021FY.  DCHS is now at a remarkable juncture in its business life cycle and it is time to explore and search for the new “big ideas” that will lead us to a sustainable and accessible model for preserving history for the future. Therefore, DCHS has been re-thinking, re-working, and re-igniting each leg of the Society: the Research Library, the Museum Gallery and the Children’s Education Center.


In addition, beginning this fiscal year, community engagement has infiltrated every aspect of DCHS’s mission, it is the core of our new philosophy, not just our practice. Our programs are being designed specifically to gather history and stories from the community and promote active participatory experiences. Our on-going programs continue to serve our youth and the various interests of our diverse county, and will compliment the new programming we plan to introduce as well. DCHS is looking forward to opening our doors and presenting our new programming to all Delaware County residents as soon as possible.


As you browse our website please consider joining our “Friend” community, by joining DCHS or simply making a donation. As a 501 (C) (3) organization all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. And please, check back to our website later this fall to see a listing of all of our library resources and discover the vast array of research materials housed at DCHS.  Plus don’t forget to look for our postings on Facebook and Instagram! We are working hard to make all of our collections more accessible.


Fiscally, DCHS plans to expand its fiscal goals using a purposeful mix of revenue sources; Foundation Grants & Corporate Sponsorships; Government Grants/Funding; Major Donor Giving; Membership  & Friends Annual Support; and Earned Revenue. This model will aid DCHS in keeping on its fiscal track.


Again, thank you to each and every one of you for your continued engagement with Delaware County Historical Society. For those of you just getting to know us, Delaware County Historical Society is the storyteller of your history. Our goal is to bring your history to life!


If you have any questions or would like further information on how you can support our organization or become involved, please contact us at (610) 359-0832 or email info@padelcohistory.org






Laurie J. Grant

Executive Director

Delaware County Historical Society