Pennsylvania Awards $2.18 Million in Grants for Historic Preservation

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded $2.18 million in Keystone Historic Preservation Grants. These grants aim to assist historical and heritage organizations, museums, and local governments in 22 counties across the state.

The PHMC selected 44 projects from a pool of 113 applications. Grant amounts varied, with project grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 and construction grants reaching up to $100,000. All grants require recipients to match the funds dollar for dollar and were awarded through a competitive process.

“We’re thrilled to announce this year’s grantees for this critical funding that supports preservation work across the Commonwealth,” said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. She highlighted a diverse array of projects, including the restoration of a World War I memorial in Munhall Borough (Allegheny County), masonry work at Presque Isle Light Station (Erie County), and structural stabilization of an 1850 farmhouse and barn at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg (Monroe County).

The importance of these grants goes beyond mere restoration. They play a crucial role in preserving Pennsylvania’s rich history and cultural heritage. By supporting projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historical and archaeological resources, these grants benefit the public and help revitalize communities.

Funding also supports municipal planning initiatives focused on historic resources. This can help communities achieve specific planning goals related to their historical assets. Additionally, construction activities supported by these grants often involve resources listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Keystone Historic Preservation Grants are funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund. This fund receives support annually from a portion of the state realty transfer tax revenue.

The Impact of Keystone Historic Preservation Grants

The range of projects funded illustrates the breadth of Pennsylvania’s historical legacy. From the Slate Hill Cemetery in Lower Makefield Township (Bucks County) to 18th-century Quaker meetinghouses and 20th-century synagogues, the variety of sites receiving grants highlights the state’s diverse cultural heritage.

These grants also have broader implications. They not only preserve historical structures but also contribute to community identity and pride. Historic sites often serve as educational resources, fostering a deeper understanding of local and national history. They can also drive tourism, providing economic benefits to local communities.

Moreover, the preservation of historic sites often involves specialized skills and crafts, supporting jobs in areas like masonry, carpentry, and historical research. By funding these projects, the PHMC also helps sustain these traditional skills.

In summary, the Keystone Historic Preservation Grants represent a significant investment in Pennsylvania’s historical and cultural heritage. By preserving and promoting historic sites, these grants ensure that future generations can appreciate and learn from the past. They also contribute to the revitalization of communities, making them more vibrant and connected to their history.

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