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 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 the following undertakings:

  • 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 education on preservation 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.

Managing Your Nonprofit
The Seminar was on Saturday, November 4, 10-11:30 am, Zoom
Learn from local experts the important financial information required for managing small non-profit groups- tax forms, software, by-laws, donations and more! This seminar is beneficial for all non-profit officers and treasurers.

Ted Perkins, BA, JD, LLM (Tax), CPA; Gibson & Perkins PC
Linda Scafiro, CPA; Brinker Simpson & Company

Topics included:
Annual Financial reporting to IRS (Form 990, 1099)
State Financial reporting (Bureau of Charitable Organizations)
Starting, merging, dissolving a non-profit
Changes to board members
Accounting software
Donations, Fundraising, Raffles
Record retention

Watch the recording here

Annual Filing Forms for Charitable Organizations
Written Acknowledgements for Charitable Organizations
Nonprofit Resource Websites
Financial Reporting Information for Managing Small Non-Profit Groups
Bylaws and Dissolution

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 legacy award recognizes a long-term business in a historic resource.

The 2024 Preservation Awards was held on May 5, 2024 at the Redwood Center in Upland Park. Council Member Elaine Paul Schaefer presented a resolution proclaiming May as Preservation Month. Seven award winners were honored with a presentation of their certificates by Heritage Commission Chair Barbara Marinelli, Council Member Elaine Paul Schaefer and County Executive Director Barbara O’Malley. Congratulations to all award winners!

Watch a video of the awards presentation here
Program- booklet for printing
Program- single page
Photos of event

All past award recipients are available in PDF form.


Contact Us

  •   201 West Front Street,
         Media, PA 19063
  •   8:30AM - 4:30PM
           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000
  • webmaster@co.delaware.pa.us

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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