Freeman announces grants for museum and historical society

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, announced the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded over $14,000 in funds to two historical institutes within his legislative district. 

The National Canal Museum will receive $5,784 and the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society will receive $8,373.

"Supporting the wealth of historic and cultural information in the commonwealth helps encourage Pennsylvanians to educate themselves and grow as citizens," Freeman said. "I’m especially pleased for the National Canal Museum in Easton and the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, for both of which provide an abundance of historical knowledge to Northampton County."

In all, the PHMC provided more than $1.9 million in grants to 120 eligible museums and official county historical societies in Pennsylvania that met necessary guidelines. To qualify, interested establishments must have been either Pennsylvania museums with at least one full-time professional staff person and have an annual operating budget of over $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) or the official historical society for the county.

Award amounts were determined using an equation based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year’s operating budget. Any museum could have received a maximum amount of $65,000. The maximum for historical societies was $4,000.

This PHMC-funded grant program is in its third year and aims to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the operations of museums and official county historical societies not supported by other state agency funding programs.