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. The 2021 Seminar was 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 a historic home, building or site. This seminar is appropriate for owners of a historic home as well as historical societies, commissions and HARBs interested in updating their historic resource surveys. If you are interested in saving a historic site or being more involved in preservation in your community, this seminar is for you.
Watch the recording here
Hidden Histories- Charlene Mires
A Documented History- Mary Sue Boyle
DCHS Resources for research
National Register list for Delaware County
Municipal Survey Dates and Ordinances
How to Hunt for Hidden Histories
A Documented History; How to Preserve and Protect
Delaware County Historic and Preservation Network (DCHPN)
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 Call for Nominations for 2022 Awards will be announced in December.
The 2020 and 2021 Awards were presented on Saturday, May 15 at Upland Park.
All past award recipients are available in PDF form.