Krueger announces $25,000 grant for Thunderbird Lodge

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, announced the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation was awarded a $25,000 Keystone Historic Preservation Grant to make needed improvements at the historic Thunderbird Lodge.

The grant, funded through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, will help the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation identify solutions to the long-term needs of the lodge including increased exhibition space, an ADA-compliant bathroom, mechanical systems, fire suppression, artifact storage and parking.

“Delaware County is fortunate to have the Thunderbird Lodge right in our backyard,” said Krueger. “I am pleased we were able to secure this funding to support the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation and their effort to preserve the unique building and share Rose Valley’s history with our entire community.”

Thunderbird Lodge is among the 10 most important early 20th century houses in America. It has been the home of the Rose Valley Museum since 2017.

Keystone Historic Preservation Grants provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. Funding also helps facilitate municipal planning initiatives that focus on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community-specific planning goals. The program also supports construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.