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The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards  Grants to Museums, Historical Organizations, Local Governments and Academic Institutions

 The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded .more than $175,000 in Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) Grants to 34 organizations in 24 Pennsylvania counties. 

HARC Grants fund projects designed to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions.
HARC grants are administered by the Pennsylvania State Archives, a bureau within PHMC. Funding for the awards spans two years. The maximum award one institution could receive is $5,000. Collaborative grants were eligible for $5,000 per institution for a maximum of $15,000.  The grants were based on a competitive review of the applications by a subcommittee of the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB).  SHRAB operates under federal regulations governing the National Historical Publications & Records Commission and serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning in the state.  

The following is a list of Historical and Archival Records Care Grant awards by county:
  • Archives & Special Collections–University of Pittsburgh - $5,000
  • Historical Society of Mount Lebanon - $5,000
  • Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation - $2,825
  • Armstrong County Historical Museum & Genealogical Society - $3,525
  • Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles - $2,000
  • Roaring Spring Community Library - $1,050
  • Bucks County Recorder of Deeds - $5,000
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College - $4,854
  • Centre County Historical Society - $5,000
  • Chester County History Center - $4,987
  • Historic Sugartown Inc. - $5,000
  • Houtzdale Borough - $4,450
  • Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park - $5,000
  • The Arc of Pennsylvania - $5,000
  • West Shore Historical Society - $4,999
  • Media Borough - $10,000
  • Harborcreek Historical Society - $5,000
  • Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society - $5,000
  • Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Association - $2,000
  • LancasterHistory - $5,000
  • Lawrence County Historical Society - $9,950
  • Monroe County Commissioners - $5,000
  • Organ Historical Society & Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Artists - $10,000
  • Ars Nova Workshop on behalf of Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project - $5,000
  • Athenaeum of Philadelphia - $9,855
  • Christ Church Preservation Trust - $4,865
  • Drexel University Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships - $4,997
  • Springs Historical Society of the Casselman Valley - $5,000
  • Peters Township Public Library - $3,450
  • Jefferson College Historical Society - $1,628
  • Greene-Dreher Historical Society Inc. - $5,000
  • York County Archives - $4,845
  • Dallastown Area Historical Society Inc. - $10,000
  • York County History Center - $5,000


Preserving Your Community's Audio and Visual Materials

December 15, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

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 Moving images and recorded sound come in many forms like film, tape, discs, and digital. All of them are fragile in different ways and present unique challenges when they preserve a community's history. Join us and learn how Sandra Yates and the Community Archiving Workshop organization has been helping community groups all across the United States preserve their audiovisual materials.

Sandra Yates, Community Archiving Workshop

The Community History Dialog series is an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Archives made possible in part through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission State Board Programming Grant. 

Pennsylvania State Archives Poster Collections Available Online

The Pennsylvania State Archives, in collaboration with the State Library of Pennsylvania, digitized World War I posters from Manuscript Group 200 Poster Collection (MG 200) and Manuscript Group 272 Pennsylvania Military Museum Collections (MG 272). The World War I poster collection is available online and consists of 462 illustrated posters. The posters helped to fan the fires of patriotism throughout the United States during the Great War, and to arouse the American fighting spirit and the will to sacrifice on the home front. An additional 386 digital images from our general poster collection have also been created which include items from 1854 to the present.