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Building a More Inclusive Archives


Join Dominique Luster in a discussion on the role that intentionality takes in the work of memory-keeping. The Luster Company seeks to create a space for Black first-person narratives and to make them accessible in the historical record, but her experience applies to any community that may be underrepresented in traditional archives. What happens when we do not find minority first-person narratives in archival repositories? What is lost? Does that elevate the power of some at the expense of others? Can we do the work of memory-keeping in a way that ensures that the stories of all communities are told? What role can you play in preserving and telling the story of your community?

Ms. Luster will focus on ideas around the historiography and construction of memory created by Black people and how those memories are included in English-speaking institutional practices. Her talk is certain to generate discussion on the role that archives and archivists (professional and non-professional alike) hold in our communities and how we can create a more just and equitable world through memory work.


Dominique Luster, The Luster Company


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

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded $200,000 in Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) Grants to 37 organizations in 20 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 can 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:

The following is a list of Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) Grant awards by county. Descriptions of individual projects funded by HARC Grants are available online
  • Carnegie Library of Homestead - $7,671.66 
  • Historical Society of Carnegie - $5,000
  • Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - $4,980
  • Sewickley Public Library Inc - $5,000
  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum - $5,000


  • Boyertown Area Historical Society - $5,000

  • County of Blair - $5,000
  • Bradford
    • Bradford County Historical Society - $4,863
    • Historic Fallsington Inc. - $4,904
    • Nakashima Foundation for Peace - $4,997.53 
    • Sellersville Historical & Achievement Authority - $15,000
    • Chester County Archives & Records Services - $5,000
    • Pennhurst Memorial & Preservation Alliance - $4,640.78 
    • Cambridge Springs Heritage Society and Museum - $668.11 
    • Hershey History Center - $3,939
    • Historical Society of Dauphin County - $5,000
    • County of Delaware - $10,000
    • Nicholas Newlin Foundation - $9,999.50 
    • Indiana County Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts - $5,000
    • Jefferson County Historical Society - $10,000 
    • Juniata County Historical Society - $4,999.98 
    • Lancaster County Archives - $4,827.50 
    • Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds - $5,000 
    • Lebanon County Historical Society - $5,000
    • Monroe County Commissioners - $5,000
    • Lansdale Historical Society - $5,000
    • Wissahickon Valley Historical Society - $502.30 
    • Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites - $5,000
    • Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity - $4,142.64 
    • Moravian Historical Society - $5,000
    • Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust - $4,749
    • German Society of Pennsylvania - $5,000
    • Historic Society of Pennsylvania - $5,000
    • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia - $4,505
    • Seton Hill University - $5,000
    • York County Archives - $4,610
    • York County History Center - $5,000


    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.