Delaware County Historical Society Embarks on Funding Campaign

David Bjorkgren

Stored at the Delaware County Historical Society, minutes from the initial public meeting capture the organization’s founding on Sept. 3, 1895 when a motion was made to start a county historical society, writes the Society for Delaware County News Network.

Reflection of the founding meeting is especially poignant today, as the Delaware County Historical Society approaches its 125th anniversary.

It finds itself struggling to find an independent revenue stream while facing diminishing public funds and perhaps diminishing public interest.

DCHS is focusing on one of its most important artifacts to gain recognition and raise funds: an 1860 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Banner. Featuring a clean-shaven Lincoln, the banner culled support during both presidential campaigns.

Learn about the Pennies4Lincoln campaign by visiting

The Lincoln banner and other artifacts are housed at the Delaware County Historical Society, 408 Avenue of the States in Chester.

It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking is free in the lot behind the building or across the street in the city’s municipal lot.

Learn more, and about ways to help here.

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