April 3, 2023. West Chester, PA. PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide museum association, has announced the winners of its 2023 Special Achievement Awards. Since the 1980s, PA Museums has invited nominations from its membership and chosen institutions, projects, and individuals to be recognized. This year, eight (8) organizations from every region of Pennsylvania have won Institutional Awards of Merit. Four (4) organizations are receiving PA Museums’ prestigious S.K. Stevens Award, and one (1) individual will be honored for their contributions to the field with Individual Awards
CCHC is honored to receive this recognition for its new Visible Storage Galleries. More than 300 years of Chester County history comes to life in the new visible storage space. The CCHC museum is the most comprehensive regional resource for documenting and understanding the history and people of Chester County and the Delaware Valley. Artifacts are a key part of this documentation. Dating from European settlement in the late 1600s to the early mid-1900s, this material culture represents daily life, individual creativity, diverse tastes, economic means, cultural backgrounds, and occupations.
In the short time it has been on view, since 2021, this public gallery has sparked the curiosity of visitors who have a general appreciation of history and facilitated in-depth study by those with special interest.
“We are honored to be recognized by PA Museums for the work done by our team members. This is the second year in a row that the hard work of the CCHC team has earned them the statewide award. We are thrilled and look forward to accepting our award later in April.” Conor Hepp, President of the Chester County History Center
“PA Museums’ annual awards are meant to inspire the museum field and impress visitors to museums,” said Rusty Baker, executive director of PA Museums. “Pennsylvania’s museums and historical organizations are star performers, and we are proud to recognize the great work being done throughout the Commonwealth.”
Chester County History Center has been committed for 130 years to the diverse community of Chester County, the preservation of its history, and the continued effort to be a resource for history makers. Dedicated to its mission to Link Past to Present, to Inspire Future, Chester County History Center serves more than 15,000+ community members who engage with CCHC through Museum visits, research in our Library and Photo Archives, participation in virtual and in-person programming for youth and adults, and special events each year.