Youngblood, Fitzgerald applaud $4,364 grant to help continue preservation at historical state women’s society

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – A $4,364 state grant was awarded to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced today.

The grant, which comes during National Women’s History Month, will help the Pennsylvania chapter of The Society – a women-founded and led organization dedicated to maintaining historical landmarks across America – continue their over-100 year-long commitment to preserving the Stenton Mansion in Germantown.

“Since 1899, ensuring the posterity of Stenton and its heirlooms has been one of The Society’s greatest historical preservation achievements,” Youngblood said. “I am proud to see this funding help continue their seemingly timeless mission, because protecting our local historical landmarks instills a sense of pride and appreciation among people today and in the future.”

Fitzgerald, who also represents parts of Germantown with Youngblood, agreed.

“The Society was created by women and for women to demonstrate their patriotism in one of the finest ways possible – through protecting and maintaining historical sites across our city and country – especially when women weren’t afforded the same freedoms as their male counterparts,” she said. “I look forward to continuing working with The Society on protecting more of our communities’ cultural and historical heritage.”

The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Society's Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, which provides general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historic societies.