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.

The next Annual Seminar will be on Saturday, October 10, 2020, 9 am - 12 pm.

Zoom- Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DtajeAuEQRShlntUWxClgA.

Finding Your Delco Roots

This free seminar will look at locations in and around Delaware County for genealogical research. It is useful for anyone interested in family tree research, and for historical sites, societies and commissions that want to do research on the families and buildings in their areas. Barbara Selletti will give an overview of various places throughout the area to do research. Sarah Horowitz will explain what is available at Haverford College's Quaker and Special Collections. Margaret Jerrido and Judith Giesberg will give their talk, Last Seen: Using Information Wanted Ads to Conduct African American Genealogy.


     Barbara Selletti, genealogist, Neumann University

                    Conducting Genealogical Research in Delaware County (PA)

     Sarah Horowitz, Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College

                    Researching Quaker family history at Haverford College

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

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

Previous seminars are available here.

Annual Preservation Awards

The Heritage Commission traditionally sponsors the Annual Preservation Awards every May during National Preservation Month. 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.

A slideshow presentation of the awards will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1rKgF9tbTQ6Zu_cJ5x-LWw to register

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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