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The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards $2 Million in Cultural and Historical Support Grants

12/02/2020

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded almost $2 million in grants to 155 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties.

“Pennsylvania’s wonderful museums and historical societies continue to preserve and share the state’s rich history and culture through the stories they tell,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These funds, awarded to museums and historical societies across commonwealth, at a time when many of our cultural and historical institution have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will help ensure these facilities are able to continue serving as educational resources for all Pennsylvanians.”

The goal of this program is to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the general operations of eligible museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent).

Award amounts are determined using an equation based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year’s operating budget. The maximum any museum could receive is $40,000. All official county historical societies receive a $4,000 minimum grant.

“PHMC is delighted to once again award these general operating support grants to museums and historical societies, especially as museums face extreme financial challenges related to the pandemic.  These grants make a difference in communities all across the commonwealth, connecting Pennsylvanians with their history, serving as economic drivers, and contributing to the quality of life,” said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery.

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Learn more by visiting PHMC online or following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram or LinkedIn.

Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

The following is a list of Cultural and Historical Support Grant Awards by county:

Adams
Adams County Historical Society - $4,000
Gettysburg Foundation - $12,503
Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation - $8,501
 
Allegheny
Braddock’s Battlefield History Center - $4,000
Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Carnegie Science Center - $40,000
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh - $40,000
Frick Art & Historical Center - $40,000
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - $40,000
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh - $8,462
Rivers of Steel – Steel Industry Heritage Corporation - $33,371
 
Beaver
Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation - $4,000
 
Bedford
Bedford County Historical Society - $4,000
Old Bedford Village - $4,000
 
Berks
Berks History Center - $7,182
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles - $7,221
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust - $16,623
Foundation for the Reading Public Museum - $30,738
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association - $27,641
 
Blair
Blair County Historical Society - $4,000
Railroaders Memorial Museum - $16,800
 
Bradford
Bradford County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Bucks
Bucks County Children’s Museum - $4,677
Bucks County Historical Society - $29,316
Grundy Foundation - $4,000
Trustees of the Mercer Fonthill Museum - $5,687
 
Butler
Butler County Historical Society - $4,000
Historic Harmony, Inc. - $4,000
 
Cambria
Cambria County Historical Society - $4,000
Johnstown Area Heritage Association - $16,637
 
Cameron
Cameron County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Centre
Centre County Historical Society - $4,000
Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania - $10,869
 
Chester
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center - $6,492
Chester County Historical Society - $16,513
Graystone Society, Inc., National Iron & Steel Heritage - $6,385
Historic Sugartown Inc. - $4,000
Historic Yellow Springs Inc. - $10,706
Wharton Esherick Museum - $4,749
 
Clearfield
Clearfield County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Clinton
Clinton County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Columbia
Children’s Museum Inc. - $4,000
 
Crawford
Crawford County Historical Society - $4000
 
Cumberland
Cumberland County Historical Society - $9,047
 
Dauphin
AACA Museum Inc. - $16,177
Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue - $21,181
Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society - $4,000
Historical Society of Dauphin County - $4,000
The National Civil War Museum - $13,787
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts - $40,000
 
Delaware
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation - $4,000
Delaware County Historical Society - $4,000
National Audubon Society (Audubon Pennsylvania) - $6,747
Nicholas Newlin Foundation - $8,702
 
Elk
Elk County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Erie
Erie County Historical Society - $10,436
ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum - $7,127
 
Fayette
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy - Fallingwater - $40,000
 
Franklin
Franklin County Historical Society - $4,000
Renfrew Museum and Park - $4,000
 
Fulton
Fulton County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Greene
Green County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Huntingdon
Huntingdon County Historical Society - $4,000
Isett Acres Museum - $4,393
 
Indiana
Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County - $4,000
 
Jefferson
Jefferson County Historical Society Inc. - $4,000
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center - $4,000
 
Juniata
Juniata County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Lackawanna
Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art - $9,547
Lackawanna Historical Society - $4,000
 
Lancaster
Children’s Museum of Lancaster - $7,334
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society - $4,000
Lancaster Science Factory - $9,224
LancasterHistory.org: LCHS and Wheatland - $23,542
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors - $6,252
North Museum - $12,379
Rock Ford Foundation - $4,000
 
Lawrence
Lawrence County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Lebanon
Historic Schaefferstown Inc. - $4,000
 
Lehigh
Da Vinci Discovery Center - $40,000
Lehigh County Historical Society - $6,942
 
Luzerne
Luzerne County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Lycoming
Little League Baseball Inc. - $6,080
Lycoming County Historical Society - $4,000
 
McKean
McKean County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Mercer
Mercer County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Mifflin
Mifflin County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Monroe
Monroe County Historical Association - $4,000
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm - $4,000
 
Montgomery
Historical Society of Montgomery County - $4,000
Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania - $4,000
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center - $7,560
 
Northampton
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor - $17,000
Historic Bethlehem Partnership - $20,324
Moravian Historical Society - $4,000
National Museum of Industrial History - $11,771
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society - $8,301
 
Northumberland
Northumberland Historical Society - $4,000
 
Philadelphia
Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University - $40,000
African American Museum of Philadelphia - $28,071
American Philosophical Society - $40,000
American Swedish Historical Museum - $7,996
Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust - $6,414
Athenaeum of Philadelphia - $12,554
Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia - $5,375
Chestnut Hill Conservancy & Historical Society - $6,236
Christ Church Preservation Trust - $8,400
Cliveden of the National Trust - $4,530
College of Physicians of Philadelphia - $40,000
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. - $40,000
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion - $4,000
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware - $4,000
Franklin Institute - $40,000
Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery Inc. - $6,680
Girard College Foundation - $5,178
Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation - $4,499
Historic Fair Hill - $4,000
Historic Germantown - $4,000
Historic Philadelphia Inc. - $34,407
Historical Society of Pennsylvania - $30,731
Independence Seaport Museum - $40,000
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia - $11,469
John Bartram Association - $34,080
Museum of the American Revolution - $40,000
National Constitution Center - $40,000
National Liberty Museum - $31,000
National Museum of American Jewish History - $40,000
Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation - $4,000
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks - $20,007
Please Touch Museum - $40,000
The Rosenbach - $17,312
Science History Institute - $40,000
Stenton - $4,080
Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania - $40,000
Wagner Free Institute of Science - $10,963
Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation - $4,000
Wyck Association - $4,000
 
Pike
Pike County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Schuylkill
Historical Society of Schuylkill County - $4,000
 
Somerset
Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County - $4,000
 
Sullivan
Sullivan County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Susquehanna
Susquehanna County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Tioga
Tioga County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Union
Lewisburg Children’s Museum - $4,000
Union County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Warren
Warren County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Washington
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum - $7,709
Washington County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Wayne
Wayne County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Westmoreland
Fort Ligonier Association - $14,560
Ligonier Valley Historical Society - $4,000
West Overton Village - $5,048
Westmoreland County Historical Society - $4,000
 
Wyoming
Wyoming County Historical Society - $4,000
 
York
Susquehanna Heritage, Inc. - $4,000
York County History Center - $18,110


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