Three museums in the area recently received state grants from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).
The Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation (BCHFLF), Historic Harmony Inc. and Lawrence County Historical Society each received $ 4,000 in cultural and historical support grants.
The purpose of these grants is to support the general operations of eligible museums and historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs. They must have an operating budget greater than $ 100,000 and at least one full-time professional.
Brenda Applegate, executive director of BCHFLF, said the grant will be used for general operational items such as salary, archive boxes for collection, marketing and promotion, and for part of the annual review required.
Jo Annette Cynker, the accountant and store manager for Harmony Historic Inc., said the funding would be used to purchase Past Present, software for museums to track members, artifacts, etc., and payroll. a part-time employee to enter. information in the software.
“It will be a great help for us to have the ability to know who the members are, membership renewal dates, emails, etc., and the ability to keep a digital record of our many artifacts and books, including photographs, âCynker said. .
Cynker added: âIt will be of great help not only to know what we have, but also to be able to share this information digitally via the Internet. “
Andrew Henley, Lawrence County Historical Society board member and digital curator, said the funding would be used to help cover various operating costs.
The Lawrence County Historical Society also received a grant of $ 9,950 for the Care of Historical and Archival Records (HARC) from the PHMC.
HARC Grants are administered by the Pennsylvania State Archives, an office within the PHMC, with grants based on a competitive review of applications by a subcommittee of the Pennsylvania State Historical Archives Advisory Council. (SHRAB).
Henley said the company and the Lawrence County Prothonotary’s office have teamed up to apply for the HARC grant.
He said the HARC grant will be used to update their indexing system to digitize immigration records from the years 1849-1906, the first in the county’s history.
Henley said the files as they stand now are virtually inaccessible to the public as some are on microfilm and some are handwritten.
He said the company and the prothonotary’s office want their online system to be easily accessible to the public, much like the New Castle Public Library’s online marriage license and obituary index.
Henley said that once done, the company will make every effort to update its online documents for immigration papers from 1906 to 1972.
Nicholas Vercilla is a reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be contacted at [email protected]