Commemorating our 250th anniversary with inclusive programs that inspire Americans to renew and strengthen our daring experiment in democracy.
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The America250PA Chester County Commission made its intentions clear in its inaugural meeting on Thursday night, June 2 — that 2026 would mark more than a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It will also commemorate the historic advances Chester County and America have made from 1776 until now.
Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, herself a history enthusiast, is leading the County's efforts. She told members that their charge is to not only look back, but also to look forward, touching on what has been with a focus on what unites us for our future. "We're trying to show that history can be something as recent as 10 years ago, something that impacted the county in a significant way. We hope to help people understand and get excited about the initiatives we will be planning," Kichline said. "A lot of people were not able to celebrate 1776. The Constitution still included slavery. Non-property owners couldn't vote. Women couldn't vote. We want to celebrate the expansion of the nation's initial founding ideals over time as well as other elements of Chester County's history such as our industrial growth, our agricultural heritage, and immigration." Read More
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. "We have so much to be proud of in Chester County including the contributions we have made and continue to make to America's history," said Chester County Commissioners' Chair Marian Moskowitz." The commission's task will be to unite heritage tourism sites for people to visit and tell the story of Chester County. Read More