Matzie announces over $3 million in statewide historical grants

AMBRIDGE, June 3 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today announced that the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation and various other projects across the state have been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation has been awarded a PHMC Cultural and Historical Support grant of $4,000. In total, 137 organization from 56 counties applied for and are receiving $1,997,605 worth of Cultural and Historical Support grants. Grant recipients were required to meet organizational requirements to be eligible for the grants, which are based on a calculation that uses the recipient’s operating budget.

PHMC also awarded 30 organizations today with $1,233,114 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants. The program is used to fund the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic sites that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“Pennsylvania’s legacy is rooted in important historical moments and breathtaking cultural offerings, and preserving the institutions that protect and promote these historic sites is important to both our state’s economy and its heritage,” Matzie said. “These funds will allow future generations to experience our state’s rich history.”

In total, PHMC awarded $3.23 million today to historical projects across the state through both grant programs. 

Matzie has served on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 2011. The PHMC is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, the commission is responsible for the collection, conservation and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage. PHMC oversees the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, including Old Economy Village in Ambridge, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation and the Bureau of Management Services.