Heritage Commission of Delaware County - What We Do

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What We Do

  • The Delaware County Heritage is made up of 11 historically minded residents who are appointed by Delaware County Council to make recommendations to the Council on preservation issues in the County.

  • Have a seminar annually on some aspect of historic preservation, we present awards to groups and individuals for their preservation efforts each May at a Council meeting.

  • Oversee and make recommendations on County owned historic properties.

  • Make recommendations to County Council on applications from historic sites for Community Development Block Grants.

  • Act as a liaison between County Council and historic organizations in the County.


In an effort to provide heritage awareness and preservation education for citizens of Delaware County, DCPD and the Heritage Commission periodically sponsors seminars and workshops. The Heritage Commission’s Annual Seminar is typically held the last Saturday of March. Past subjects have included restoring and maintaining historic homes, historic landscaping, interpreting and funding historic sites, and genealogy.

2019 Annual Seminar was held on Saturday, April 6th.

Preservation Needs You: Don’t Give Up Your History Without a Fight
This workshop was for historic organizations, municipal officials and anyone interested in preserving their community’s heritage. Each topic focused on a different aspect of historic preservation, from working with municipal officials, advocating for preservation with developers, adaptive reuse and promoting heritage tourism. Find out what works, what doesn’t and what you should do when your historic resources are threatened in your community.

Photos for the seminar are here.

Presentations are available in PDF format:

  Paul Steinke, Historic Preservation in Southeastern PA: Opportunities and Challenges

  Bob Linn, Adaptive Reuse - the Municipal Factor

  Mario Oliva, Historic Preservation in Haverford Township

  Doug Humes and John Custer, Strange Bedfellows:  Developers, Townships and Preservationists

  Ray Gamble, Strange Bedfellows:  Developers, Townships and Preservationists

Previous seminars are available here.

Annual Preservation Awards

The Heritage Commission traditionally sponsors the Annual Preservation Awards every May during National Preservation Month. Held during a County Council meeting in May, a presentation is made and a framed certificate awarded 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. An individual who has contributed significantly to our heritage and a young person are also recognized. In addition, the Leedom B. Morrison Award recognizes a construction or special project in Chester City.
The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 15th in the County Council Meeting Room. The 2019 Awards Brochure and photos are available in PDF form.

A slide show of the award projects is available in PDF form.

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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