PA awards nearly $2M in grants to help statewide museums

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission announced that they have awarded nearly $2 million in grant money to 155 different museums and historical societies scattered across the commonwealth, landing in 58 total counties.

With the newest disbursements, the Commission's goal 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."

But grant money isn't awarded to just any museum.

There are prerequisites that a location must meet before becoming eligible for a piece of the cash award.

For example, any qualified museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000.

Each suitable location must also have at least one full-time staff member.

"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 the commonwealth, at a time when many of our cultural and historical institutions 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."

A county-by-county breakdown of each grant-receiving museum includes:

Adams County Historical Society - $4,000
Gettysburg Foundation - $12,503
Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation - $8,501
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 County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation - $4,000

Bedford County Historical Society - $4,000
Old Bedford Village - $4,000
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 County Historical Society - $4,000
Railroaders Memorial Museum - $16,800

Bradford County Historical Society - $4,000
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 County Historical Society - $4,000
Historic Harmony, Inc. - $4,000

Cambria County Historical Society - $4,000
Johnstown Area Heritage Association - $16,637
Cameron County Historical Society - $4,000

Centre County Historical Society - $4,000
Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania - $10,869
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 County Historical Society - $4,000

Clinton County Historical Society - $4,000
Children’s Museum Inc. - $4,000