“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.” ~ Steve Berry
Dear Friend of the Foundation,
Warm greetings from the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Board of Directors and staff. We hope this summer brings renewed opportunities to enjoy many of the historic treasures of our beautiful commonwealth.
Steve Berry, the acclaimed writer of international historical thrillers, has remarked,
“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage
is a vital link to our cultural, educational,
aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies –
all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.”
The Foundation provides that “concerted effort” on your behalf and that of thousands of other Pennsylvanians who share an interest in our common historical heritage. As the “philanthropic arm” of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our full effort is directed to securing support—otherwise not provided by the commonwealth’s budget—for The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Archives, and the 22 historic sites and museums that make up our unique and enriching Pennsylvania Trails of History.
We are pleased to report that last month the Foundation was host to the opening of, A Place for All, a new long-term exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit highlights three stories from the civil rights movement in Pennsylvania to illustrate efforts to overturn segregation in the North after World War II. At the reception, Lynda Myers, the daughter of William and Daisy Myers, the first African American family to move into Levittown, PA; and Carl Riley, one of the first four African American students admitted to Girard College in 1968, shared their stories. They both recalled the efforts of their parents and their supporters to achieve equal access to housing and education for their children and for other African Americans who were unfairly excluded from places such as Levittown and Girard College, because of their race. Hearing their stories enabled everyone present to reflect on what was achieved sixty years ago and what remains to ensure equal rights today for all citizens of our commonwealth.
Your generous gifts also helped the Foundation continue to provide its high-caliber educational resources. Whether for support of PHMC historic sites and museums, our popular bimonthly e-digest of heritage clips, or our Pennsylvania Heritage magazine, funds generously offered by you and many other contributors have been critical to our “concerted effort.” Looking ahead, the Foundation will support two exciting events during the next 12 months.
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