WEST CHESTER - Chester County Historical Society will host an Educator's Open House on Wednesday, September 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Historical Society's museum at 225 North High Street in West Chester. Teachers and school administrators are invited to meet CCHS staff, tour the exhibits, participate in a sampling of the student programs offered at the museum, and examine the traveling trunks that can be rented out by teachers. The trunks, which contain reproductions of artifacts and documents as well as teaching materials, are a convenient and engaging way to bring local history right into the classroom.

Visitors to the Open House will be introduced to programs such as "Growing Up in Colonial Chester County," "War Comes to Chester County, 1777-1778," "Just Over the Line: Chester County and the Underground Railroad," "Victorian Childhood," "Quilts Tell Stories," and a walking tour of West Chester. New this year is the program "Chilling Reality: Chester County's Arctic Explorers," designed to accompany the upcoming exhibit of the same name. Open House participants will also learn about National History Day and how CCHS can assist teachers and their students in creating successful entries to this scholarship competition.

There will be something of interest for teachers of every grade level, and staff will be available to discuss how CCHS's educational programs address Pennsylvania's State Academic Standards. Information will also be available on planning field trips, trunk rentals, and scholarship opportunities for free admission and transportation for eligible schools.

Admission to the Educator's Open House is free, but pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register call 610-692-4800, ex. 203 or email Sue Knight at sknight@chestercohistorical.org.

The Chester County Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization that connects you through our premier collections of decorative arts, manuscripts and photographs to the faces, places and events that have shaped our region and influenced a nation. To learn more about CCHS or how to join, visit www.ChesterCoHistorical.org" www.ChesterCoHistorical.org.

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