If you missed the in-person meeting in June and want to organize programs, events, and other activities along the Delaware River historic waterfront or in the Chester History Hub, you are invited to participate in an interactive workshop to find ways to include this area in the “Delco Semiquincentennial Celebration Plan”. From Marcus Hook to Tinicum, Delaware County's riverfront is 'Where Pennsylvania Began'. This area of Delaware County has major historical importance, from the Declaration of Independence to the Underground Railroad, through World War II. Chester drove economic growth and American innovation from the PA’s founding to the Modern Age. Held in coordination with the Chester Economic Development Authority, participants will also learn about the Chester Creek Connector plan and its overlap in Chester History Hub. How will residents and visitors engage with our Delaware River waterfront historic sites, parks and trails in our 2026 celebration and commemorations?


  • Date:8/13/2024 01:00 PM
  • Location Online Event
  • More Info:Downtown CAAT Center. https://www.chestercaatcenter.org/downtowncaat

Price:$0.00

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Description

From Marcus Hook to Tinicum, Delaware County's riverfront is 'Where Pennsylvania Began'. This area of Delaware County has major historical importance, from the Declaration of Independence to the Underground Railroad, through World War II. Chester drove economic growth and American innovation from the PA’s founding to the Modern Age.

Interested partners/collaborators who want to organize programs, events, and other activities along the Delaware River historic waterfront or in the Chester History Hub are invited to participate in an interactive workshop to find ways to include this area in the “Delco Semiquincentennial Celebration Plan”.  

The Chester History Hub includes sites such as William Penn Park, Ethel Waters Park, Declaration of Independence signer John Morton's Grave site at St. Paul's Cemetery, the 1724 Chester Courthouse, Avenue of the States, and more.

Together, we'll decide how Delco will celebrate 250th anniversary of America’s independence. This meeting will share what plans coming from our national and state-level partners, the local programs we are dreaming up so far, and ask you:

  • How can America250PADelco partner with the community, businesses and organizations, and civic leadership to bring long-term public programming to the 1724 Courthouse in 2026 and beyond?
  • What possible projects can be undertaken to make the historical assets of Chester more visitor ready for 2026?
  • How will residents and visitors engage with other Delaware River waterfront historic sites including Marcus Hook and Tinicum, parks and trails in our 2026 celebration and commemorations?
  • What historic stories should be told along the route to link the Chester Creek Trail at Eyre Park to the East Coast Greenway (ECG) on Route 291 (2nd Street)?
  • Where do you see yourself in the America 250 initiative?
  • What might your organization be missing or what you might need?
  • Whom could you potentially collaborate with?
  • How prepared are you to help make 2026 be extra special?

Learn more about America250PADelco Community Program Partners. 

This program was made possible in part by funding from the Philadelphia Funding Collaborative for the Semiquincentennial.