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$3 Million in Grants Awarded to 200 Museums, Historical Groups and Local Governments

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2008-09-08 00:13:38     
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

As part of Governor Edward G. Rendell's commitment to creating a first-rate public education system, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today announced the award of more than $3 million in grants to more than 200 museums, historical organizations and local governments statewide.

"In an era of increasingly visual and participatory learning, museums and historical organizations offer experiences that will change the lives of the next generation," said Barbara Franco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. "Making sure that Pennsylvania's historical and cultural institutions continue to be supported through public funding and private philanthropy has never been more important."

PHMC, the official history agency of the commonwealth, was created in 1945 to assist non-profit organizations and local governments with the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's heritage. The grant awards represent support for eligible organizations in the following areas:

1) General operating support for museums and county historical societies;

2) History and museum project grants in the following categories:

a. Archives and records management;

b. Collections management;

c. Educational, local, and public history;

d. Historic preservation; and

e. Organizational development.

In the "general operating support" category, $2.6 million in grants were approved for 118 museums and historic organizations and 50 official county historical societies. General operating support grants help eligible organizations with basic costs associated with general operating expenses.

In the "history and museum project" category, $600,000 for 73 projects were authorized, including 25 archives and records management grants; 20 education, public and local history grants; 15 museum related grants for collections management and organizational development; and 13 historic preservation grants.

PHMC grants are a valuable tool to help museums, historical organizations and local governments in their efforts to initiate, encourage and support the preservation and public access to Pennsylvania's heritage.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of recipients by county, grant amount and type of grant.

History and Museum Project Grants


August Wilson Center for African American Culture, local history, $12,500

Mattress Factory, museum project, $12,500

Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, historic preservation, $7,500

Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, historic preservation, $11,500

Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, local history, $2,732


American Museum of Veterinary Medicine, local history, $12,500


Blair County Commissioners, local history, $5,000

Juniata Valley Audubon Society, historic preservation, $12,000


Bradford Co. Commissioners Veterans History Project, local history, $5,000


Bucks County Historical Society, museum project, $12,500

Bucks County Register of Wills, archives and records management, $12,500

Children's Cultural Center of Bucks County, local history, $5,000


Johnstown Area Heritage Association, museum project, $12,500


Pennsylvania State University Center for American Heritage Studies, local history, $5,000

PSU Library Cataloguing Services Office of Sponsored Programs, archives and records management, $12,500

Rock Hill School at Linden Hall, historic preservation, $5,000


Chester County Historical Society, archives and records management, $6,712

Chester County Historical Society, archives and records management, $4,950

Green Valleys Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Inc., historic preservation, $5,000

Lincoln University Langston Hughes Memorial Library, archives and records management, $12,500


Clinton County Commissioners GIS Department, archives and records management, $5,000

Clinton County Historical Society, museum project, $3,516


Cumberland County Commissioners Information and Technology, archives and records management, $4,586

Dickinson College Waidner-Spahr Library, archives and records management, $4,993


Friends of Fort Hunter, historic preservation, $5,000

Historical Society of Dauphin County, museum project, $12,500


Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, local history, $12,500

Erie County Historical Society, museum project, $4,692


Franklin County Commissioners County Archives, archives and records management, $12,500


Huntingdon County Historical Society, archives and records management, $4,829

Huntingdon County Historical Society, local history, $5,000


Saltsburg Area Historical Society, local history, $4,000


Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art, historic preservation, $12,500

Lackawanna Historical Society, local history, $12,500


Borough of Mount Joy, historic preservation, $5,000

Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, museum project, $5,000

Lancaster County Commissioners Records Management Department, archives and records management, $1,800

Lancaster County Historical Society, local history, $12,500

North Museum of Natural History and Science, museum project, $12,500


Lycoming County Historical Society, local history, $7,820


Monroe County Assessment Office, archives and records management, $12,500

Middle Smithfield Township Supervisors, local history, $5,000


Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, local history, $12,500

Township of Lower Merion, historic preservation, $5,783


Historic Bethlehem Partnership Curatorial Department, local history, $2,500

Illick's Mill Partnership for Environmental Education, historic preservation, $5,000


Academy of Natural Sciences, museum project, $12,500

Athenaeum of Philadelphia, archives and records management, $12,500

Christ Church Preservation Trust, archives and records management, $6,407

City of Philadelphia Department of Records, archives and records management, $12,500

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, museum project, $12,500

Fairmount Park Commission, archives and records management, $12,500

Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, local history, $12,500

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, museum project, $12,500

German Society of Pennsylvania, archives and records management, $4,575

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library, archives and records management, $4,915

Historic St. Peter's Church Preservation Corp., archives and records management, $5,000

Historical Society of Frankford, archives and records management, $4,800

Independence Seaport Museum, museum project, $12,500

Library Company of Philadelphia, museum project, $12,500

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, local history, $12,500

Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, museum project, $12,500

Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, archives and records management, $5,000

Philadelphia Folklore Project, archives and records management, $12,500

Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, local history, $12,500

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, historic preservation, $12,500

Wagner Free Institute of Science, museum project, $12,500


Wallenpaupack Historical Society, archives and records management, $2,500


Laurel Arts, local history, $4,949


Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism-Heritage Development, historic preservation, $12,500


Warren County Historical Society, archives and records management, $4,999

Warren County Historical Society, historic preservation, $5,000


York Hospital, archives and records management, $1,160

General Operating Support Grants

Organization Name, Amount


Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, $36,750

Frick Art & Historical Center, $36,750

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, $36,750

National Aviary in Pittsburgh Inc., $36,750

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, $21,640

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, $36,750

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust Inc., $34,300

Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, $13,578


Old Bedford Village, $12,383


American Museum of Veterinary Medicine, $5,250

Foundation for Reading Public Museum, $36,750

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, $24,378

Historical Society of Berks County, $14,500


Railroader's Heritage Corporation, $27,082


Bucks County Audubon Society, $9,860

Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation, $5,250

Pearl S. Buck International House and Historic Site, $13,825

Trustees of the Mercer Fonthill Trust Fonthill Museum, $9,180


Johnstown Area Heritage Association, $36,750


Chester County Historical Society, $36,750

Graystone Society Inc., $9,943

Green Valleys Association of Southeastern PA, $5,250

Historic Yellow Springs Inc., $25,916

Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, $5,250

Wharton Esherick Museum, $6,800


Piper Aviation Museum Foundation, $6,290


Children's Museum Inc., $5,250


Cumberland County Historical Society, $18,995


AACA Museum Inc., $35,770

M.S. Hershey Foundation - Gardens, $33,297

M.S. Hershey Foundation - Museum, $29,007

National Civil War Museum, $29,400


Chadds Ford Historical Society, $5,984

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, $5,916

John J. Tyler Arboretum, $31,360

Nicholas Newlin Foundation Newlin Grist Mill, $13,891

Swarthmore College Scott Arboretum, $24,500


Erie County Historical Society, $13,551

Erie Zoological Society, $36,750

ExpERIEnce Children's Museum, $9,268

Goodell Gardens & Homestead, $6,120

Millcreek Township School District Asbury Woods Nature Center, $13,079


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $36,750


Renfrew Committee Inc., $5,950


Isett Acres Museum Foundation, $10,150


Demuth Foundation, $8,500.00

Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster, $20,891

Heritage Center of Lancaster County, $25,454

James Buchanan Foundation, $9,026

Lancaster County Historical Society, $30,221

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, $19,430

North Museum of Natural History and Science, $22,065

Rock Ford Foundation, $5,270


Historic Schaefferstown Inc., $5,250


County of Lehigh - Parks & Recreation, $36,750

Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, $32,526

Lehigh County Historical Society, $21,142

Lehigh Valley Zoological Society Development Department, $36,750


Little League Baseball and Softball Inc., $7,478


Eldred World War II Museums $9,180


Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, $10,150


Barnes Foundation, $36,750

Friends of Briar Bush Nature Center, $8,609

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania, $10,440

National Audubon Society Inc, $11,310

Norristown Zoological Society, museums $36,750

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, $16,820

Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, $11,002

Welsh Valley Preservation Society, $5,250


Historic Bethlehem Partnership Museum and Educational Services, $32,190

Hugh Moore National Canal Museum, $36,750

Jacobsburg Historical Society, $6,528

Moravian Historical Society, $6,188


American Philosophical Society Museum, $15,950

American Swedish Historical, $19,140

American Women's Heritage Society, $5,250

Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, $24,500

Awbury Arboretum Association, $7,250

Christ Church Preservation Trust, $12,963

Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia, $10,500

Cliveden of the National Trust Inc., $11,600

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc., $24,500

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, $5,250

Elfreth's Alley Association, $6,387

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, $6,086

Friends of Historic RittenhouseTown Inc., $5,993

Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, $8,500

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, $8,534

Germantown Historical Society, $5,250

Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation, $5,763

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. American Flag House and Betsy Ross, $26,245

Independence Seaport Museum, $30,625

John Bartram Association Bartram's Garden, $21,750

Johnson House Historic Site Inc., $5,250

Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, $10,290

National Constitution Center, $36,750

National Liberty Museum, $36,750

National Museum of American Jewish History, $36,750

National Society of Colonial Dames of America/PA, $7,166

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, $36,750

Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation Fireman's Hall, $5,486

Philadelphia Folklore Project, $8,700

Philadelphia Sketch Club, $5,250

Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, $36,750

Please Touch Museum, $36,750

Rosenbach Museum and Library, $36,750

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, $27,935

Trustees of the University of PA Morris Arboretum, $36,750

Wagner Free Institute of Science, $25,196

Wood Turning Center, $9,425

Wyck Association, $5,250

Zoological Society of Philadelphia, $36,750


Fetherston Foundation, $5,250


Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Inc., $13,442


Fort Ligonier Association, $31,725

Ligonier Valley Historical Society, $5,250

Westmoreland-Fayette Historical Society West Overton Museum, $5,250


York County Heritage Trust, $27,960

Official County Historical Society Grants

Organization Name Category Amount


Adams County Historical Society, $10,000


Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society, $4,000


Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation, $10,000


Bedford County Historical Society GOS - Historical Societies $3,000


Blair County Historical Society, $2,500


Bradford County Historical Society, $10,000


Bucks County Historical Society, $10,000


Butler County Historical Society, $10,000


Cambria County Historical Society, $10,000


Cameron County Historical Society, $1,000


Centre County Historical Society, $6,000


Clearfield County Historical Society, $500


Clinton County Historical Society, $10,000


Crawford County Historical Society, $10,000


Historical Society of Dauphin County, $10,000


Delaware County Historical Society, $10,000


Elk County Historical Society, $6,000


Forest County Historical Society, $1,500


Franklin County Historical Society-Kittochtinny, $10,000


Greene County Historical Society, $10,000


Huntingdon County Historical Society, $9,500


Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, $10,000


Jefferson County Historical Society Inc., $10,000


Juniata County Historical Society, $3,000


Lackawanna Historical Society, $10,000


Lawrence County Historical Society, $10,000


Lebanon County Historical Society, $10,000


Wyoming Historical & Geological Society, $10,000


Lycoming County Historical Society, $10,000


McKean County Historical Society, $10,000


Mercer County Historical Society, $10,000


Mifflin County Historical Society, $5,000


Monroe County Historical Association, $10,000


Historical Society of Montgomery County, $10,000


Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, GOS - $10,000


Northumberland County Historical Society Inc., $1,500


Historical Society of Pennsylvania, $10,000


Pike County Historical Society, $10,000


Historical Society of Schuylkill County, $9,000


Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, $7,500


Sullivan County Historical Society, $8,000


Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library, $10,000


Tioga County Historical Society, $10,000


Union County Historical Society, $10,000


Venango County Historical Society, $2,000


Warren County Historical Society, $10,000


Washington County Historical Society, $10,000


Wayne County Historical Society, $10,000


Westmoreland County Historical Society, $10,000


Wyoming County Historical Society $10,000


Kirk Wilson

(717) 783-9882

Specialized in: Grants Awarded - Historical Groups - Local Governments
URL: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us
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