Longietti: $4,000 grant to support Mercer County Historical Society

HERMITAGE, Dec. 2 – A $4,000 state grant will help the Mercer County Historical Society continue in its mission of educating residents about the county’s unique past, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. 

Longietti said the grant – awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, will provide critical operational support at a time when COVID-19 restrictions have drained those resources.

“Artifacts and documents tell the story of our rich past,” Longietti said. “They help us understand the obstacles our ancestors faced and the challenges they overcame. They also help connect us to our roots and teach us more about our identity. We have the historical society to thank for safeguarding and displaying these pieces of our past.

“Unfortunately, the historical society, like so many other organizations statewide, have suffered financially because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and events. This funding should go a long way toward helping them continue in their mission of keeping us connected to our history.”

Longietti said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 155 museums and county historical societies statewide. The Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program is designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the operations of eligible museums and county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent).

More information about the grants is available here.