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Posted on: May 17, 2022

Chester County Primary Election Information

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Chester County polls are open today (Tuesday, May 17) from 7am - 8pm for the 2022 Primary Election.  

Mail-in ballot drop boxes are open until 8pm this evening.

Find your polling place or mail-in ballot drop box locations at chesco.org/elections.

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

County Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Memory of One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

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By order of the Presidential and Governor, in memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind, the US and Commonwealth flags should be lowered immediately to half-staff until sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022.

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Posted on: May 12, 2022

New Report Shows 20-Year High in Chester County Home Construction

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A new report from the Chester County Planning Commission shows that more homes were built in the county in 2021 than in any year since 2001, and that the growth was largely driven by apartment construction. The report also said that despite soaring prices...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Chester County to Participate in “National Prevention Week” Effort

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Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces plans to support “National Prevention Week”, May 8 through 14.  

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “National Prevention Week” i...

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Posted on: April 28, 2022

Commissioners Call for Increased State Funding For ‘Crumbling’ Mental Health System

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Citing a substantial increase in the need for mental health services that was exacerbated by the pandemic, the Chester County Commissioners this week approved a resolution calling for an increase in state funding for community-based mental health programs...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties Authorize Creation of Passenger Rail Authority

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved today the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority, completing the approval last week of the Authority by the Commissioners from Berks and Montgome...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

Chester County Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day - April 30

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services (CCDDAS) is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, taking place on Saturday, April 30th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Notice: VPC and CVI Mailings not Affiliated with Chester County Board of Elections

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Based on information received from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Chester County Voter Services is notifying residents that two political advocacy groups, the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and the Center for Voter Information (CVI), will be cond...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Commissioners Recognize Earth Day With Opening of Final Phase of Schuylkill River Trail

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The Chester County Commissioners and the County’s Parks + Preservation staff marked the significance of Earth Day today with the official opening of a two-mile section of the County’s final portion of the Schuylkill River Trail. &n...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

Chester County Achieves Milestone in Preserved Open Space and Celebrates with Open Space Summit

Open Space Summit - Farms for the Future (1)

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline are pleased to announce the achievement of a significant milestone for the county:  More than 30 percent of Chester County has now been preserved as open space. &am...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Commissioners Seek Spending Proposals for $102 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds

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Chester County today began accepting applications for funding requests from a pool of nearly $102 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money. County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline said the grants are intended to p...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Robin Davis Appointed Chester County Director of Procurement

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The important job of ensuring Chester County buys its goods, supplies, and services on time and at the most competitive price will now be overseen by Robin Davis. The Chester County Commissioners have promoted the Kennett Square resident to Director of Pr...

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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Erik Walschburger Appointed Chester County Deputy County Administrator

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Following a months-long search for the ideal candidate, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have appointed Erik Walschburger as Deputy County Administrator. He will support County Administrator Bobby Kagel in ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Commissioners Adopt County’s First Ag Economic Development Strategic Plan

National Agriculture Day Proclamation

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline voted this week to adopt the county’s first agriculture economic development strategic plan, created to guide the future growth of Chester County’s impor...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

C-PACE Accepting Applications for Commercial Property Clean Energy Projects in Chester County

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The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program is active in Chester County and accepting applications for clean energy projects. 

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved C-PACE to ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Rachael Griffith Appointed Chester County Sustainability Director

Rachael Griffith - Chester County Sustainability Director

Chester County has a new person at the helm of managing the County’s Climate Action Plan, Rachael Griffith, who moves up from her role as Senior Trails and Open Space Planner at the Chester County Planning Commission.

In her new post, Griffith wi...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Call for Quick Action to Quell Election Uncertainty in Pennsylvania

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With Pennsylvania’s primary election scheduled for May 17, Chester County’s Commissioners are joining their peers across the state in calling for clarity on crucial election issues that remain unresolved.  

The Pennsylvania Sup...

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Posted on: March 5, 2022

Chester County Divesting Russian Holdings in Pension Fund in Support of the People of Ukraine

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Reflecting on the overwhelming support for the people of Ukraine, Chester County officials today confirmed that all Russian investments held in the County’s pension fund are being pulled.   

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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Chester County to Consider Formation of Passenger Rail Authority with Berks & Montgomery Counties

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have taken the next step toward restoring passenger rail between Reading and Philadelphia in a joint effort with Berks and Montgomery Counties. This morning the Commissioner...

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Posted on: March 2, 2022

Chester County Issues Plea for Rental Property Owners to Open Their Doors to Victims of Ida

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Chester County is again urgently asking property owners with homes for rent to open their doors to the 38 people from 17 households who are still living in a hotel six months after their homes were destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Many of the f...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Dolores Colligan Appointed Director of Chester County Department of Community Development

Dolores Colligan, Director of Community Development

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have appointed Dolores Colligan as Director of the County’s Department of Community Development.  Colligan, a 32-year veteran of County government service...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Chester County Receives National Honor for Performance Management Leadership

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Chester County Government has once again been recognized nationally for its leadership in performance management.  The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently bestowed a 2021 Certificate of Achievement to the County, noti...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Government and Community Come Together to Work on Best Use of American Recovery Plan Act Funding

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A committee of volunteers has begun work to create a system that prioritizes, requests, and reviews proposals for Chester County’s share of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The committee will recommend how to spend $102 million to aid co...

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Posted on: February 9, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Award $225K Grant to Phoenixville Area Senior Center

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The Phoenixville Area Senior Center’s plans to resume indoor activities in the spring with a healthier environment received a big assist this week from Chester County government. The County Commissioners presented the center with a check for $22...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Chester County Library Welcomes New Director

Mary Gazdik - New Chester County Library Director

Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch has announced Mary Gazdik as its next library director. She will succeed Marguerite Dube, who retired at the end of April after 20 years with the organization.

Gazdik’s understanding of a library...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Commissioners Award $294K Grant to Phoenixville Area Community Services

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Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) has received a major financial boost toward equipping its recently acquired building to become a food distribution hub. The Chester County Commissioners presented the nonprofit with a $294,000 grant toward incre...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Launch America250 Celebration Planning

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The Chester County Commissioners took the first step today toward planning the county’s celebration of the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026. The first order of business: the establishment of the America250PA Chester County Commission.

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Chester County Health Department Announces Addition of COVID-19 Test Sites

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Officials with the Chester County Health Department announce latest testing and vaccination services to help the county’s efforts to control COVID-19.

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The Chester County Health Department has finalized two additional locations for COVID-19 ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Blue Light Shines on Chester County Courthouse for Human Trafficking Prevention

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One of the six pillars of Chester County’s Historic Courthouse will shine in blue light on January nights beginning the evening of January 11, 2022—National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The single lighted pillar represents an estimated one in six chil...

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Posted on: December 23, 2021

Proposed Reestablishment Plan for the Magisterial Districts of the Fifteenth Judicial District

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As required pursuant to both constitutional and statutory provisions, reestablishment i...

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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Chester County Commemorates National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

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Chester County joined communities across the nation today in remembering those who died in 2021 without a place to call home.

Just before sundown on what would be the longest night of the year, members of the Chester County community gathered in front of t...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Chester County Renews Partnership to Support Economic Development in Coatesville

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline renewed the County’s partnership with Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance this week, in support of the revitalization and economic development of the City of Coatesville.

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Chester County Commissioners Activate Clean Energy Financing Program for Commercial Property Owners

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The Chester County Commissioners approved a resolution this week to activate the County’s participation in a program that will allow commercial building owners to borrow money for clean energy upgrades to their properties and pay the money back t...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Chester County Commissioners Sign-On to National Opioid Settlement

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Millions of dollars will soon be coming to Chester County for the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder. This follows a vote today by the Chester County Commissioners to approve the County’s participation in a national opioid lawsuit settlement ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Chester County Challenge – Creating More “Missing Middle” Housing

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With housing prices increasing faster than incomes in Chester County, county leaders are looking for ways to create more homes affordable to middle-income and smaller families.

 Chester County’s population has quadrupled over the last 90 years to ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

County Introduces New Interactive Trailfinder Map

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The Chester County Planning Commission released a new interactive map this week, showcasing all the county’s publicly accessible trails and nature preserves.

The Trailfinder Map helps residents and visitors discover new trails – more than 550 miles of them...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Parks & Preservation Announces Holiday and Winter Program Schedule

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Chester County Parks + Preservation announces schedules and opens registration for its holiday-themed and winter programs. Whether you are looking for outdoor fun for kids around the holidays or events to enjoy all season long to beat the winter blues, we...

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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Wanted: Volunteers for Chester County Authorities, Boards, and Commissions

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Several of Chester County’s 26 Authorities, Boards and Commissions are looking for more residents to volunteer to fill current vacancies and serve.

 “We are very fortunate in Chester County to have engaged citizens who care about the vitality and ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Emergency Services Participates in Bi-Annual Safety Exercise at Limerick Nuclear Power Plant

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The Chester County Department of Emergency Services (DES) has successfully completed its bi-annual federally evaluated, full-scale exercise at the Limerick Generating Station. The nuclear power plant in Montgomery County has been producing zero-emissions ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Chester County Launches Partnership to End Homelessness

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Chester County is marking National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by launching the Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness, a new program reflecting a reinforced commitment to helping the most vulnerable among us find or keep a stable place...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

November is Child Safety Protection Month

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Good people and good families go through bad times. Sometimes it takes a long time to turn struggles around; sometimes big changes take place. In those situations, two of the many local organizations that help families are the Chester County Sheriff’s Off...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Chester County Health Department Prepares to Administer Vaccines to Children Five and Up

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The Chester County Health Department is gearing up to deliver Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11 now that the Centers for Disease Control has issued final recommendations.

 The vaccine dose for the younger children is one-third of ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Chester County Muncipal Election Results

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The 2021 Primary Election results will be available beginning after the polls close at 8:00 PM on election night at chesco.org/elections.

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Chester County Commissioners Recognize National Community Planning Month

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Chester County is celebrating an exciting milestone this year with the 25th anniversary of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP). In recognition of October as National Community Planning Month, the Chester County Commissioners have issued a formal proclama...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Cliff Parker Appointed as Director of Chester County Archives and Record Services

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Chester County History Center President Conor Hepp, and County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, are pleased to announce the appointment of Cliff Parker as Director of Chester County Archives and Record Services (CCARS). ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Turned Down for Hurricane Ida FEMA Disaster Assistance? You can Appeal the Decision

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Don’t panic if you applied for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance related to Hurricane Ida and were not approved. If you have received a notification that you are ineligible, you have 60 days from the date of your determination letter t...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Sheriff’s Office Announces Five-County Command and Leadership Program

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) announces a new Command and Leadership Program for five counties of eastern Pennsylvania. The inaugural class begins in January, 2022 through the CCSO and under the direction of trainers from the New Jersey State...

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Flags at County Buildings Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of General Colin Powell

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The United States flag located at all county buildings will be lowered to half-staff through sunset on Friday, October 22, 2021 in honor of General Colin Powell.

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Now Accepting Vendor Applications!

Now Accepting Vendor Applications

Chester County Parks + Preservation is now accepting Food and Craft vendor applications for many park events. For Sheep + Wool Day the event vendor fee will be waived for 2022. Visit our Vendor Guidelines + Application page for more information and to app...

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

New SPRING 2022 Park Programs are Here!

New Spring 2022 Programs Added

Spring 2022 Ranger Programs are now open for registration! Wildflower walks, birding series, springtime on the farm, and finding those first peeps of spring! Join in the anticipation of warmer weather and register for a park program today!  REGIST...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Hibernia Mansion Tours Are Back!

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Hibernia Mansion Tours Are Back!  Join the Chester County Park Rangers for a guided tour of the Hibernia County Park Mansion.  The Mansion was the home of many ironmasters and their families from the late 1700's through the late...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Sheep + Wool Event 2022

Sheep + Wool 2022

The sheep are losing their winter wool and you're invited to the shearing! Join us at Springton Manor Farm on April 30, 2022 from 11 AM - 3 PM (rain or shine). Hope to see you there!

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Chesco History

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Chester County Archives & Records Services have created a digital timeline reflecting nearly 340 years of Chester County history. Accompanied by richly produced photos and fascinating descriptions, the digital timeline features more than 40 historic e...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

America250

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America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States on July 4, 2026.

America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs tha...

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