Isaacson announces historical and archival records care grants totaling $18K for organizations in the 175th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that grants totaling more than $18,000 have been awarded to the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and to Christ Church Preservation Trust to further preserve their historic records.

“Philadelphia and the organizations that call our great city home are rich with history,” Isaacson said. “That history needs to be preserved. But so often, funding for preservation of records is scarce. These grant dollars will enable the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and the Christ Church Preservation Trust to ensure their records are preserved for future generations.”

The Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia was awarded $13,875 to be used for digitizing key original records from 1860 to 1960, and to make the information available online and publicly accessible to company members and interested individuals all over the world.

Christ Church Preservation Trust was awarded $4,143 to be used for the conservation of key 18th-century documents that trace an important historical arc from being a faithful member of the Anglican church in England to its evolution as a significant player in the fight for American independence. Among the most significant is the "Oath of Allegiance," written by Rev. Robert Jenney to the Bishop of London in 1742 that promises to conform to the liturgy of the Church of England.

The grants awards announced today, the Historical and Archival Records Care Grant Awards, are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. They are intended to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions.

Projects include initiatives such as digitization; arranging, describing and rehousing collections into appropriate formats, containers, and environments; and disaster planning.

The grants are administered on a competitive basis and funding for the awards spans two years. Grants of $5,001 and above must include matching funds.

To learn more about the commission or the grant awards, visit the commission’s website.