Shusterman announces $48K in local historical preservation grants

PAOLI, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, a member of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, today announced that several Chester County historical preservation nonprofits received grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

“Local museums and historical societies preserve our community’s stories and culture. Ensuring their success allows us all to learn from our past so we can continue modernizing our community, as well as provide enrichment and educational opportunities,” Shusterman said. “Grants like these help ensure museums’ success after surviving this year filled with hardships.”

Grants have been awarded as follows:

  • Chester County Historical Society: $16,513.
  • Graystone Society, Inc., National Iron & Steel Heritage: $6,385.
  • Historic Sugartown Inc.: $4,000.
  • Historic Yellow Springs Inc.: $10,706.
  • Wharton Esherick Museum: $4,749.
  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: $6,492.

Award amounts are determined using an equation based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year’s operating budget. The maximum any museum could receive is $40,000. All official county historical societies receive a $4,000 minimum grant.

Shusterman added that she will be hosting a virtual roundtable on local history at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday. Speakers will include members from the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, Wharton Esherick Museum, Valley Forge Park Alliance and more. Event details can be found on Shusterman’s legislative Facebook page.