O’Mara, Kirkland announce grant awarded to Delaware County Historical Society

CHESTER, Dec. 3 — State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland, both D-Delaware, are applauding the Delaware County Historical Society for securing a $4,000 state grant.

Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and will help make up for lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m grateful for this grant,” Kirkland said. “In the same way a child who learns about their family history can understand and appreciate who he or she is, citizens can grasp what their community has been and what it might become by studying local history.”

“As a board member of the Delaware County Historical Society, I can attest that we were severely impacted by COVID-19 and missed out on several fundraising opportunities,” O’Mara said. “This grant will help us ensure that we can continue preserving and learning from our local history as we continue to wade through this public health crisis.”

The PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 155 eligible museums and official county historical societies in 58 Pennsylvania counties. 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.

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Learn more by visiting PHMC online.