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Commemorating our 250th anniversary with inclusive programs that inspire Americans to renew and strengthen our daring experiment in democracy.

Resources to Read/Watch

For information on volunteering or fundraising, please click here.

Resources for CC250 Program Partners, to help with Planning

Bulletin Board - to post ideas for what YOU'RE doing for CC250

America 250

America 250 PA

Heritage Consulting, with Donna Harris of Philadelphia

Cultural Heritage Tourism, with Cheryl Hargrove of Georgia

Are You Visitor Ready? 10 Tips for Hosting Visitors & Providing Valued Programs by Hargrove International

New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Sites: Site & Visitor Readiness Assessment


RE-ENACTORS: MILITARY

3rd Pennsylvania Light Infantry

6th Pennsylvania Regiment

Revolutionary War Re-Enactment Groups

Edward “Ned” Hector, Black Revolutionary War Hero


RE-ENACTORS: INTERPRETIVE DEMONSTRATIONS

Suzanne Plaisted, Heart to Hearth Cookery

American Historical Theatre (AHT)


History and Heritage Resources PA/ChesCo

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1777 Chester County Property Atlas YouTube Video by Chester County Archives and Records Service

Campaign of 1777: Brandywine, Clouds & Paoli

Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero by Bruce Mowday of West Chester

Living History Articles by Gene Pisale of Kennett Square

Living History Radio Stories by Gene Pisale of Kennett Square

National Register Heritage Sites in Chester County complete listing online

PCN TV PA History and Culture Journey to 250 (Video Series)

Plundered: Mapping 1777 Chester County YouTube Video by Chester County Archives and Records Service

The Price of His Wife: Jacob and Sall Glasglow YouTube Video by Chester County Archives and Records Service

Remembering the Graves: The Family Behind Birmingham Hill YouTube Video by Chester County Archives and Records Service

September 11, 1777: Washington’s Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia by Bruce Mowday of West Chester

Walking the "Uptown": a tour of an historic African-American community in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (Walking tours of West Chester, Pennsylvania.) by  Catherine Quillman 

Walking the East End: A Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania by Catherine Quillman

Chester County: A Photographic Journey by Catherine Quillman

Between the Brandywines: a history of West Bradford by Catherine Quillman

100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley by Catherine Quillman

History of the Conestoga Turnpike through Chester County Pennsylvania by Catherine Quillman

Battle of Brandywine by Catherine Quillman


History, Heritage and Civics Resources for Educators

10 Facts: The Founding Fathers by American Battlefield Trust

Chester County Homeschool Field Trips (Facebook)

Educate and Commemorate: 250 in America's Classrooms by National Council for History Education (Video ppt)

Lafayette: America's Young Hero and Guest by Bruce Mowday of West Chester

Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement — inspiring the next gen of citizens (website, activities, office in Berwyn)

Civics for All of US — an education initiative with civic literacy and engagement resources

WHYY — PBS learning media partnering with teachers, schools, districts and departments of education

WHYY, PBS Ken Burns, Revolution and the New Nation 1754-1820s


Heritage Tourism & Visitor Readiness

Heritage Consulting, with Donna Harris of Philadelphia

Cultural Heritage Tourism, with Cheryl Hargrove of Georgia

Are You Visitor Ready? 10 Tips for Hosting Visitors & Providing Valued Programs by Hargrove International

New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Sites: Site & Visitor Readiness Assessment


History and Heritage Resources for People Who Aren't Really Thrilled by History

Declaration Pitch SNL (YouTube Video) — Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers have difficulty agreeing what to include in the Declaration

George Washington SNL (You Tube Video) — George Washington tells his soldiers his dream for the nation

Revolutionary War SNL (YouTube Video) — New England Patriots and Philadelphians compare battle stories

Every Revolutionary War Story: Drunk History (YouTube Video) — Learn about Washington, Hamilton, and unsung heroes (and villains) of the American Revolution.

The Skeptic's Guide to American History (YouTube Video)


Social Justice and Civic Engagement Resources

Community Conversations: monthly free — zoom in at noon (activity)

25 Social Justice Organizations That Are Changing the Narrative (article)

Can America Become One Big Happy Family Before 2026? (Deseret News)

Here’s the Right Way to Celebrate America at 250 (2023 article, Washington Post)

In fight to lead America's future, battle rages over its racial past

Pa Educator Diversity Consortium — located in Exton, seeks to eliminate the mismatch between educators and learners of color (website, activities)

StoryCorps — Everyone’s Story Matters (audio)

U.S. Citizens Rights and Responsibilities: Do You Know What They Are? — Learn more by clicking here

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Can You Pass the Naturalization Test? — Learn more by clicking here


Pathway to Freedom/Underground Railroad

Kennett Underground Railroad on PBS


Voting Resources

APRIL 23, 2024: PRIMARY ELECTION

Deadlines:

Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must have been received by your county election board by April 16th at 5 p.m.

Polls Open at 7 a.m.

Polls Close at 8 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 8 p.m., you may cast your ballot.

Completed mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office by April 23rd at 8 p.m. – postmarks are not enough!

NOVEMBER 5, 2024: GENERAL ELECTION

The 2024 General Election will allow you to vote for our next President, as well as representatives in Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Deadlines:

October 21st is the last day you can register to vote before the election.

Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by October 29th at 5 p.m.

Polls Open at 7 a.m.

Polls Close at 8 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 8 p.m., you may cast your ballot.

Completed mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office by November 5th at 8 p.m. – postmarks are not enough!

POLLING PLACE INFORMATION

Polling Place Locator and Information

For more information on polling place locations, visit Chester County’s Voter Services website.

If you have voted at your polling location before, you do not need to bring ID to vote. Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable IDs include: driver’s license; U.S. passport; voter registration card; military, student, or employee ID; firearm permit; current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check; and, any ID issued by the commonwealth or federal government. An ID without your photo must have your address on it.

ABSENTEE AND MAIL-IN BALLOTS

Mail-in and absentee ballot applications must be received by your county election office. Check chesco.org/election for updates on ballot drop box locations in your area.

You must be registered to vote in order to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot.

o Mail-in ballot – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

o Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness that prevents you from going to your polling place on election day, you can request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

Click here for more information about mail-in and absentee ballots.