50th Anniversary Accomplishments

Since 1967, we have been making history!

Our accomplishments over the last 50 years are quite notable, and are mostly due to our President Emeritus, Ginny DeNenno, for whom our museum is named.   She was a key figure in founding our Society in 1967, and she continued to strive to “collect, preserve, and share” our local history, until she retired in 2013.

  • Preservation of the Polecat Road House, our founding symbol
  • Introduction of preservation of our historic buildings into the township planning process
  • Establishment of naming our new roads after historic family names
  • Publication of two history books on Prosperity and Progress in Concord, volumes 1 (1983) and 2 (1998)
  • Leadership for our Tri-Centennial in 1983 to honor 300 years since our township was established
  • Leadership for the National Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1976
  • Garnet Valley High School Senior Scholarship Award
  • Survey of all historic resources in the early 1980’s in Concord, dating prior to 1900, which became the foundation of our Historic Preservation Ordinance, passed in 1997, one of the first in Delaware County
  • Partnership with our Board of Supervisor which enabled our collections to be housed in the historic Pierce-Willits House in 1995
  • Art and Essay Contest at Garnet Valley High School
  • Participation in the development of the American Hero Memorial
  • Establishment of Time Capsule near the Pierce-Willits House
  • Leadership for bringing the Civil War Roadshow in 2011 to Concord, to celebrate 150 years since that war began https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txcHQ_c0aZc
  • Early establishment of Garnet Valley 8th grade visits to Pierce-Willits museum
  • Cataloging, and tagging, of objects in our collection, in museum preferred computer software, to include description and history of ownership of each object
  • Renovation, reorganization and redisplay of exhibits for our newly opened Virginia Merion DeNenno History & Educational Center in 2014.
  • Garnet Valley Elementary School Fifth Grade visits to the museum in June and October of 2016
  • Garnet Valley Elementary School Fourth Grade in-class visits to present our local history through a 1913 Map of Concord Township


Did You Know?

Paper for the first U.S. Currency was produced by the Wilcox’s Ivy Mills

Ivy Mills Property

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Museum Opening @ Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center at the Pierce-Willts House
Museum Opening @ Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center at the Pierce-Willts House
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm Dedication of Anna’s Garden, Eag... @ Society Museum Grounds
Dedication of Anna’s Garden, Eag... @ Society Museum Grounds
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A local high school student has completed his project for becoming an Eagle Scout.  He has renovated Anna’s Garden, originally created by the daughter of Anna Willits, in honor of her mother who had a[...]