Grant for $10,000 will aid in preserving historic cemetery’s archives

RIDLEY PARK, Dec. 4 – State Rep. David Delloso is pleased to announce historic Eden Cemetery Co. in Collingdale was approved for a $10,000 Historical and Archival Records Care grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission today.

“Eden Cemetery Company has provided a dignified and final resting spot to honor the lives of our community’s family members and ancestors for more than 100 years,” said Delloso, D-Delaware. “This is a historic cemetery, dating back to 1902, not only vitally important to the families of loved ones buried there but also important to the history of Delaware County and its surrounding areas.”

Eden Cemetery received a $10,000 grant to support a conservation assessment and the purchase of archival quality records storage equipment for its archives. The cemetery is the steward for many of Philadelphia’s earliest African American churchyards and burial grounds from the late 18th century. It opened on Aug. 11, 1902, despite protests.

HARC grants fund projects designed to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records. The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission approved 29 grants today totaling nearly $185,000.