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Two Jefferson County Historical Centers Awarded Pa. Grants

Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 12:12 AM

Posted by Lexis Twentier

53801487_2577952455554083_5644654210352939008_nHARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded almost $2 million in grants to 155 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties, including Jefferson County’s Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center and Jefferson County Historical Society.

(Pictured: Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center)

“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.

To see a full list of Cultural and Historical Support Grant Awards by county, click here.


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