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CC250 Summit takes place on June 7

With the nation’s 250th anniversary fast approaching, it’s time for Chester County organizations, neighborhoods, and individuals to get ready. 

CC250 will host a community planning summit on Friday, June 7 at Thornbury Farm in West Chester from 8:30  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local legislators and discuss how their organizations and groups can present interactive, inclusive, compelling experiences to commemorate and celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, throughout 2026.  

The morning commences with an overview of Chester County’s Heritage Themes related to CC250, and elected officials exchanging views on the importance of citizen engagement in safeguarding independence and freedom—in our nation’s past, present, and future. 

Attendees will be urged to share best practices and generate ideas regarding how their own organizations’ programs and events can help people commemorate and celebrate the 250th. The aims are to help people encounter the many ways in which Chester County participated in and influenced our nation’s founding; as well as elevate everyone’s understanding of our continuing journey to build a more perfect union. CC250 is a crowdsourced year-long commemoration and celebration by and for We the People. 

At the conclusion of the Summit, all are welcome to tour Thornbury Farm, to discover the site’s historic involvement in the Battle of Brandywine at our nation’s founding; and unfinished business with the Underground Railroad.

“The CC250 Summit at Thornbury Farm will connect people who care about heritage, patriotism, civic engagement, liberty and justice for all,” enthuses Michelle Kichline Esq., CC250 Chair. “Working together, we can maximize this unique opportunity to commemorate historic achievements, renew our commitment to democratic ideas, and inspire the American spirit.” 

All are invited to attend. To register for this free event, contact CC250 at 610-696-8211, email [email protected].

CC250 is an initiative of the Chester County Government in partnership with the Community Foundation. CC250’s mission is to inspire and engage all of Chester County’s communities in commemoration of America’s founding, connecting the county’s stories to the nation’s past, present, and future. For more information, visit