Local Museums, Historical Societies Win State Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Sixteen eligible museums and official county historical societies across Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties were awarded a total of more than $159,000 in cultural and historical support grants Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2022) by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, it said.

Another series of grants for the care of historical and archival records (at top) to five applicants in the three counties totaled more than $20,000.

Award recipients included historic properties in Pottstown, Trappe, Harleysville, Audubon, Pennsburg, Boyertown, Spring City, and several others. In all, the commission said it distributed nearly $2 million in support grants to 161 entities in 56 counties, and an additional $200,000 in records care grants to 37 organizations in 20 counties.

Receiving support grant awards were:

  • In Montgomery County, the National Audubon Society, Audubon, $9,070; Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsburg, $5,148; Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania, Harleysville, $4,000; Historical Society of Montgomery County, Norristown, $4,000; Historic Trappe, Trappe, $4,000; and Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown, $4,000;
  • In Berks County, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, Kempton, $28,024; Foundation for the Reading Public Museum, Reading, $23,089; Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, Boyertown, $17,000; Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, Boyertown, $8,707; and Berks History Center, Reading, $7,212; and
  • In Chester County, the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, $16,956; Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, $10,454; Wharton Esherick Museum, Malvern, $7,789; Graystone Society Inc., Coatesville, $6,231; and Historic Sugartown Inc., Malvern, $4,000.

Receiving records care grants were:

  • In Montgomery County, the Lansdale Historical Society, Lansdale, $5,000; and Wissahickon Valley Historical Society, Blue Bell, $502;
  • In Berks County, the Boyertown Area Historical Society, Boyertown, $5,000; and
  • In Chester County, the Chester County Archives and Records Services, West Chester, $5,000; and Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance, Spring City, $4,641.

Award amounts are based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year operating budget. The maximum any museum can receive is $40,000. All official county historical societies receive a $4,000 minimum grant. None of the recipients are “supported by other state agency funding programs,” the commission noted.

Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission