Seven cultural and historic organizations in Chester County have been awarded more than $65,000 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
“Our roots run deep in Chester County, and the preservation of our local history, culture, and traditions is part of what makes our region such a great place to call home,” said State Senator Andy Dinniman.
“These grants will continue to support that effort, as each of these organizations adds to our quality of life by teaching us about our past and preparing us for the future.”
The funding comes through the PHMC Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, which provides support for resources and operating expenses to museum and historical organizations according to a formula based on their size and operating budgets.
The seven organizations in Chester County that have been awarded grants are:
- $7,577 for the American Helicopter Museum
- $23,692 for the Chester County Historical Society
- $9,742 for the Graystone Society
- $4,000 for Historic Sugartown, Inc
- $11,639 for Historic Yellow Springs, Inc
- $4,000 for the Mill at Anselma Preservation Trust
- $4,484 for the Wharton Esherick Museum
The PHMC also gave provisional approval for two new historical markers in Chester County:
- The Carver Court Historical Marker in Caln commemorating defense housing created by noted architects Louis Kahn, Oskar Stonorov, and George Howe for African-American workers and their families during World War II. Carver Court was built for residents who migrated north to work in steel mills, ordinance factories, and hospitals to support the war effort. While the architects advocated integrated housing, due to local pressures, Carver Court was segregated from the white housing nearby.
- The Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) Historical Marker in Malvern commemorating the artist and woodworker who is recognized as the “Dean of American Craftsman” in the studio furniture movement for his sculptures and sculptural furniture and interiors. Esherick’s works can be seen in private collections and museums throughout the country and at his studio and museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.