Davis: $100,000 grant awarded to Carnegie Library of Homestead

Funding will upgrade fire protection systems to preserve historic library, athletic club and music hall

MUNHALL, June 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis announced today that The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission awarded $100,000 in grant funding to the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall.

Davis said the grant will be used for the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s continued upgrade of its fire protection systems. The project includes installing a fire sprinkler system in the music hall, which will provide protection for the thousands of people who attend performances and events held at the music hall each year. The Carnegie Library of Homestead is the oldest Carnegie library in continuous operation in its original structure in the U.S.

“Carnegie of Homestead has been a cornerstone of learning and improved the quality of life in the Mon Valley since it was built in 1898,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “I’m pleased to see the funding will help to preserve and protect the music hall, which has been a special place for community events, from graduations to dance recitals, as well as an economic driver for the area by bringing in nationally known entertainment.”

The funding comes from the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program, which supports the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic sites that are eligible or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The PHMC awarded a total of more than $2.3 million to 54 projects across the state.