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 2021 Seminar will be held virtually in October. The topic will be ‘Researching Your Historic Building’. More information will be available later.

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.

The 2020 and 2021 Awards were presented on Saturday, May 15 at Upland Park.

2020 Awards and Resolution Video

2021 Awards Video

2020 Awards (42nd Annual)
Full page program

2021 Awards (43rd Annual)
Full page program

Rich Paul memorial booklet
Full page

All past award recipients are available in PDF form.

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About Delaware County

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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