York County History Center Awarded National Grant for Virtual Programs
On Monday, June 22nd, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the York County History Center received a highly competitive grant in the amount of $74,000 to mobilize virtual outreach through York History at Home.
The History Center launched its virtual museum in April to help York Countians access their history during stay-at-home orders. The NEH grant will support efforts to move previously scheduled programs to a virtual format, create new online resources, and help make the collection and library & archives more accessible through digitization and online engagement. Joan J. Mummert, President/CEO, shared, “In extraordinary times such as these, the History Center is here to lend perspective on the past in order to illuminate the future of York County. This award from NEH is a vote of confidence in the plan our team developed to make programs accessible from the safety of home.”
Funds from the award will also help replace lost income. “The impact of COVID-19 on our organization—programmatic and financial—was an immediate concern. We could not host events and memberships lost their appeal when the buildings closed,” shared Board Chair, Reverend Patrick J. Rooney. He continued, “The NEH grant gives the organization an opportunity to pivot by developing a new platform. York History at Home will be made possible through this award. We invite our community and partners to help sustain it by supporting efforts to create new content.”
For more information about the York County History Center or this program, please visit our website at www.yorkhistorycenter.org, or follow the History Center on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.