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Feb 28

Ann Preston, MD and the 1852 Pennsylvania Woman’s Rights Convention

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 9:16 AM by Chester County Archives

168 years ago on June 2nd and 3rd 1852, the Pennsylvania Woman’s Rights Convention occurred at Horticultural Hall, now home to the Chester County Historical Society. Ann Preston, MD delivered the main speech during the event. In her remarks she addressed the need for women to have equal educational and professional opportunities. Read more about the 1852 convention and Ann Preston in this month’s blog from the Chester County Archives.

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Feb 26

Moses G. Hepburn and the Magnolia House

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:49 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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