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The Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission Awards 56 General Operating Support Grants

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded $1,053,880 in general operating support grants for qualifying museums with annual operating budgets of more than $500,000.

This one-year program uses funds placed in PHMC's operating budget by the state legislature during the 2012-13 budget process. It is restricted for this purpose only. This is a one-time allocation and is not affiliated with the PHMC's Museum Assistance Grant program.

Working in concert with legislative leadership to determine the best way to distribute these limited funds, it was decided to make awards of $3,000 to $50,000 to museums with budgets of more than $500,000.

The goals of the General Operating Support Program are:
  • Provide general operating support to selected museums that are not supported by other state agency funding programs;
  • Provide general operating support to selected museums that serve a statewide or regional audience;
  • Determine award amounts using an equation based on a percentage of the previous year's operating budget.

To be eligible, applicant institutions must have:
  • At least one full-time paid staff member;
  • Been incorporated and in existence for at least two years;
  • A minimum annual operating budget of $500,000;
  • Collections related to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • A primary mission as a general or historical museum or as a historical society that operates one or more museums or historic sites;
  • Has an operating schedule and audience that demonstrates public appreciation of the museum's offerings.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit PHMC online at

Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

Editor's Note: The following is a list of General Operating Support Grant Awards by county:

Allegheny Carnegie Institute - $50,000Children's Museum of Pittsburgh - $38,404Frick Art & Historical Center - $43,177Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - $50,000Rivers of Steel – Steel Industry Heritage Corporation - $11,724Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust, Inc. - $12,225

Berks Historical Society of Berks County Museum and Library - $7,175

BlairRailroaders Memorial Museum - $7,550

BucksBucks County Historical Society/Mercer Museum and Fonthill - $10,734Pearl S. Buck International House and Historic Site - $5,734

Cambria Johnstown Area Heritage Association - $26,100

ChesterChester County Historical Society - $11,158Historic Yellow Springs, Inc. - $6,097

Cumberland Cumberland County Historical Society - $5,588

DauphinAACA Museum, Inc - $13,620The M.S. Hershey Foundation/The Hershey Story - $11,891The National Civil War Museum - $29,861Whitaker Center - $38,838

Delaware American Helicopter Museum and Education Center - $5,685National Audubon Society - $4,279Nicholas Newlin Foundation - $4,590

Erie Erie County Historical Society - $4,103

Fayette Western Pennsylvania Conservancy/Fallingwater - $47,539

Lackawanna Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art - $6,347

Lancaster Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster - $5, - $10,874National Watch and Clock Museum - $6,121North Museum of National History and Science - $6,849

Lehigh Lehigh County Historical Society - $4,659

Northampton Historic Bethlehem Partnership - $8,761Hugh More National Canal Museum - $5,566

Philadelphia African American Museum of Philadelphia - $15,563American Philosophical Society - $8,572American Swedish Historical Museum - $5,663Athenaeum of Philadelphia - $10,313Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia - $9,096Chemical Heritage Foundation - $9,358Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. - $36,891 Franklin Institute - $50,000Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Inc. - $4,649Historic Philadelphia Inc./ Betsy Ross House - $12,849Historical Society of Philadelphia - $29,729Independence Seaport Museum - $29,207John Bartram Association/Bartram's Gardens - $7,338National Constitution Center - $50,000National Museum of American Jewish History - $50,000Penn Museum - $50,000Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks - $12,481Please Touch Museum - $50,000Rosenbach Museum and Library - $14,616The Academy of Natural Sciences - $50,000The College of Physicians of Philadelphia - $16,599Wagner Free Institute of Science - $7,436

Washington Pennsylvania Trolley Museum - $7,645

Westmoreland Fort Ligonier Association - $5,884

York York County Heritage Trust - $9,191

SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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