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Christmas Dinner at the Chester County Poorhouse

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Nutritional planning and calorie counting are not new phenomena. With the development of food science in the early twentieth century, the Chester County Poorhouse developed its meals based on people’s varying needs for calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. In this month’s blog entry, we look at what was served at the Chester County Home on Christmas Day 1925. Click the image to the left.

Published December 27, 2018


The Chester County War Aid Association

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Read our November blog post about Chester County soldiers and nurses serving in Europe as well as the contributions of those on the home front. Click the image to the left. 

Published November 29, 2018


The Story of Mary Otley

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Did you know a Goshen Township woman bewitched innocent children during the 1770s? Well, that’s according to J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope’s 1881 History of Chester County. Read our Halloween-themed post on how the records at the Chester County Archives debunk this local legend.  Click the image to the left. 

Published October 30, 2018



Chester County's First Unofficial Archivist

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Why does Chester County have such well-preserved records dating back to the 17th century? Joseph Parker, the Chester County Clerk of Courts in 1737, deserves some credit. Read about his early advocacy efforts in our inaugural blog post. Click the image to the left. 

Published October 2, 2018