Mar. 04, 2020

ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced two Blair County museums will receive $15,286 in Cultural and Historical Support grants through the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).

The funding was awarded to the Blair County Historical Society Inc. and the Railroaders Heritage Corporation.

“Blair County is rich in history that dates back to well before Pennsylvania was even founded,” Schmitt said. “This funding will help local organizations tell our collective story to future generations.”

The Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion, which received $4,000, has told the region’s history for more than 100 years. The Railroaders Heritage Corporation keeps the area’s proud railroading history alive at the numerous sites it operates in the county. It was awarded $11,286.

“Each of these organizations does an incredible job of capturing the heritage of our region and preserving our history for future generations,” Ward said. “I appreciate the fact that these grants will help them continue to share these amazing parts of our region’s history and provide valuable educational opportunities for community members of all ages.”

The goal of the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Support grant program is to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the general operations of eligible museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

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Representative Lou Schmitt
79th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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