– Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced that the Uniontown Library received a $5,000 Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).
The Uniontown Public Library is a local repository holding original records dating back to the formation of the county in 1783. It includes photographs, letters, books, video and audio recordings, CDs and recorded interviews preserving the history of the Fayette County area. Records will be digitized and made available to the public.
“The Uniontown Library is a treasure trove of historic information that tells the story of our communities. Because of the records it has, we have access to centuries’ worth of information,” Dowling said. “We are lucky that the library received this funding so it can continue to be a resource for future generations.”
HARC grants fund projects designed to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions. This year, PHMC award grants totaling nearly $185,000 across the Commonwealth.
The grants were based on a competitive review of the applications by a subcommittee of the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). The HARC grants are administered by the Pennsylvania State Archives, a bureau within PHMC.
SHRAB operates under federal regulations governing the National Historical Publication and Records Commission and serves as the central advisory board for historical records planning in the state.
Representative Matt Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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