Mar. 03, 2021

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) today announced two grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) for archival projects in the region.

A $15,000 grant was awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy/Fallingwater and a $5,000 grant to the Meyersdale Public Library.

“Our region has such a rich history, and these grants play an important role in not only preserving that history but also in making the information more readily available to our citizens,” Dowling said.

The funding for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy/Fallingwater will be used for the digitization of outdated audiovisual material and photographs, and the processing of uncatalogued items. Those items include, but are not limited to, photographs, documents, correspondence and architectural drawings. The project also includes oral histories with Fallingwater staff; Kaufmann home movies, including video of its construction (1935-1939); and early photographs of the house, grounds, and the Kaufmann family and their guests.

The library project will provide the resources necessary to access and digitize a variety of archival information, making it available virtually to the public through the PA POWER Library. Additionally, the library hopes to create new events through the release of these archives that will promote community engagement and encourage dialogue surrounding Somerset County’s interesting history.

The grants were awarded through PHMC’s Archival Records Care Grant Program.

Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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