Heritage Commission of Delaware County - What We Do

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What We Do

  • The Delaware County Heritage Commission is made up of 11 historically minded residents who are appointed by Delaware County Council to promote the cultural heritage of the county and make recommendations to Council on preservation issues in the County.  The Commission fulfills this charge through:

  • Hosting Educational Seminars

  • Making recommendations on annual Community Development Block Grant funding

  • Sponsoring Annual Preservation Awards

  • Advising Council on county owned historic resources

  • Acting as liaison between County Council and historic organizations in the County


The Commission seeks to raise heritage awareness and provide preservation education for citizens of Delaware County by hosting periodic seminars and workshops. Past subjects include restoring and maintaining historic homes, historic landscaping, interpreting and funding historic sites, and preservation strategies.  A list of previous seminars can be found here.

The 2020 Seminar Finding Your Delco Roots was held October 10, 2020 via Zoom. You may view the Speakers presentations by clicking on the links below.

     Barbara Selletti, genealogist, Neumann University

                    Conducting Genealogical Research in Delaware County

     Sarah Horowitz, Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College

                    Family History Materials at Haverford Quaker & Special Collections

     Margaret Jerrido, Mother Bethel AME Church & Judith Giesberg, Villanova University

                    Last Seen: Using Information Wanted Ads to Conduct African American Genealogy

Annual Preservation Awards

The Heritage Commission traditionally sponsors the Annual Preservation Awards each May during National Preservation Month.  Awards are bestowed to those who have contributed to retaining and maintaining our County’s heritage through a construction project, a special program or project, a planning effort, or a publication. Additional awards are granted to an individual and young person who has contributed significantly to our heritage. The Leedom B. Morrison Award recognizes a construction or special project in Chester City.

Call for Nominations for 2021 Awards- DUE FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Instructions                  Form (PDF)                   Form (online)

A slideshow presentation of the awards was held on Zoom on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Click here for the recording of the awards and here for the program.

2020 Program - Booklet version

2020 Presentation

All past award recipients are available in PDF form.

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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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