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 on Zoom on Saturday, October 23 from 9 am to 12 noon.

“Genealogy of a House: Tracing your Home's History”

Learn how to research a building's history, whether it's your own home or a historic building you are interested in. This seminar is appropriate for historic home owners as well as historical societies, commissions and HARBs interested in updating their historic resource surveys.

Charlene Mires from Rutgers University will give an overview on how to use historic maps, genealogy resources and county records to research who lived and/or worked in the building over its lifetime.

Mary Sue Boyle from Mary Sue Boyle and Co. will use her experience in researching Thornbury's Historic Resource Inventory and show how the information can be used by historical organizations and municipalities to strengthen or create preservation ordinances, historic resource surveys or other preservation tools.
A Q&A will follow each presentation with a short break in between presenters.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvd-Ggpj0rGtSLX9amX0z-En8VBoZPNrDH.

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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