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Jan 21

Moses G. Hepburn and the Magnolia House

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 9:20 AM by Chester County Archives

Moses Garrison Hepburn opened his West Chester Magnolia House in 1866. The business not only served West Chester’s African-American community, but it also elevated Hepburn’s status among those in the borough’s political and economic establishment. Read more about Hepburn and his Magnolia House in this month’s blog post from the Chester County Archives. 

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Aug 01

Indicted for Selling Liquor without a License: Graphing the Temperance Movement in Chester County

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 11:16 AM by Chester County Archives

Between 1681-1890, there were 1,286 criminal cases involving the sale of liquor in Chester County. What happens when those cases are organized chronologically? In this month’s blog post from the Chester County Archives, staff uses data from the Court of Quarter Sessions Indictment Papers to study the impact the temperance movement had on Chester County. 

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Jul 01

A Tale of Two Orphans: Children’s Lives as Told in County Records

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 10:19 AM by Chester County Archives

In this month’s blog post from the Chester County Archives, the staff explores the lives of two children by studying  public government records. Although the same age and located in the same geographic area, Jane Hoopes and Temperance Howard had vastly different life experiences in Chester County during the nineteenth century. One benefited from her family’s financial success, while the other struggled to leave the County  Poorhouse.  Read their stories here. 

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