Aug. 17, 2022

POTTSVILLE – The Schuylkill County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Schuylkill County, was awarded $150,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill), Rep. Joe Kerwin (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) and Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). This grant is part of the Keystone Communities program, which helps supports community revitalization and economic development organizations and their partners.

“This much needed grant funding is the result of our legislative delegation working diligently to attain it through the last two budget cycles,” said Argall. “This capital, in addition to funds raised through their naming rights fundraiser, will be used to begin installing 65 new windows that will provide improved stability and efficiency throughout this facility. This funding will allow the Historical Society to begin replacing the windows that are in the worst condition.”

“The Schuylkill County Historical Society serves the critical role of preserving and promoting the proud history of our county,” said Twardzik. “Their mission and dedicated volunteers help to preserve not only our past, but the fabulous 1863 Centre Street Grammar School building as well. The school is the perfect headquarters and helps to anchor the downtown historic district. I am grateful to help secure this funding to keep Schuylkill County history alive,” said Twardzik.

"Schuylkill County has a very rich history, so it makes perfect sense to preserve the building that is home to this rich history. The historical collections that adorn this building represent the story of this county. I am excited that the Historical Society continues to educate the community with its exhibits, educational programs and so much more. Today’s grant money is a wise investment to help the building that will continue its crucial mission of educating Schuylkill Countians about their history for years to come,”
said Kerwin.

“The Historical Society is very proud to represent and preserve the county history. Protecting the historical building that houses the county archives is very important to us; therefore, receiving this grant ensures we can maintain the correct temperature year-round by sealing the structure from the elements with energy efficient windows,” said Diana Prosymchak, Executive Director. “This will not only keep the historical value of the Grammar School building, but will help maintain, preserve and protect all the historical items within these great walls, too.”

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