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May 21

The Story of Henrietta Cummings and Charles Cassidy

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 10:05 AM by Chester County Archives

In this month's blog post we discuss how the Civil War impacted a young couple from Southeastern PA. Henrietta Cummings of West Chester and Charles Cassidy of Haverford got engaged in January 1863. Less than a year later, Cassidy marched off to war as a Private in Company E of the 25th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. Unfortunately, no correspondence between the young couple is known to exist, but we can share their story thanks to court records preserved at the Chester County Archives. 

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Apr 28

Staff Picks

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 2:52 PM by Chester County Archives

During the week of April 21st, 2020, the Chester County Archives staff featured some “staff picks” on their Facebook page. They wanted these posts to spark some curiosity and encourage its audience to explore different records or a new collection. They also hoped their picks would shed a little light on the team behind all the work on Facebook, on the website, and in the reading room.

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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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