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$25,000 grant will help preserve Mercer County’s past

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HERMITAGE, Pa.-- A $25,000 grant to the Mercer County Historical Society will help the organization offset losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced.

“The historical society and its staff protect and showcase the documents and artifacts that tell our county’s story,” Longietti said. “The society’s efforts and the locations it maintains also promote area tourism encourages students to learn about our history and preserve the past for future generations.

“Like all businesses and organizations, however, the organization has felt the brunt of COVID-19, losing more than $42,000 in revenue because of shutdowns and restrictions. Securing this funding will help the society restore critical operations and ensure that it is able to move forward with its critical work as keeper of Mercer County’s unique history.”

Longietti said the grants are part of a $20 million package awarded through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program to 164 organizations in 36 counties to help offset pandemic-related losses. The program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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