HARRISBURG (March 6, 2019) — State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) approved a new historical marker honoring the late singer and songwriter Jim Croce.
Croce, a folk singer and storyteller whose work rose to the top of the national and international pop music charts in the 1970s, lived in the small village of Lyndell in East Brandywine, Chester County.
It was there, in a farmhouse apartment he rented with his wife, Ingrid, that he wrote some of his most iconic ballads, including, “Time in a Bottle” and “Photographs and Memories.” Croce rose to fame in the early 1970s with several hugely successful singles and albums before being tragically killed in a plane crash at age 30 in 1973.
“Jim Croce created some of the most beautiful and timeless ballads of his era and those songs and stories continue to live on today, inspiring people to connect with each other and hold strong their memories through the love of music,” Dinniman said. “His ongoing popularity is a testament to the power of his craft and this historical marker will serve as a reminder that he called Chester County home.”
In addition, at the same March 6 meeting, the PHMC approved more than $43,000 in state funding for six cultural and historic organizations in Chester County.
They are as follows:
- $16,064 for the Chester County Historical Society.
- $4,000 for Historic Sugartown.
- $8,860 for Historic Yellow Springs.
- $6,808 for the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum.
- $4,000 for the Mill at Anselma.
- $4,083 for the Wharton Esherick Museum.
“Chester County is fortunate to be home to a rich history thanks to those who have worked tirelessly to preserve it,” Dinniman said. “These grants will continue to support the ongoing effort to ensure that our heritage is preserved for generations to come.”
The funding comes through the PHMC Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, which provides support for resources and operating expenses to museum and historical organizations according to a formula based on their size and operating budgets.