WEST CHESTER – March 27, 2017 – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that seven cultural and historic organizations in Chester County were awarded more than $65,000 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

“Our roots run deep in Chester County and the preservation of our local history, culture and traditions is part of what makes our region such a great place to call home,” Dinniman said. “These grants will continue to support that effort, as each of these organizations adds to our quality of life by teaching us about our past and preparing us for the future.”

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.

Seven organizations in Chester County were awarded the grants. They are as follows:

  • $7,577 for the American Helicopter Museum.
  • $23,692 for the Chester County Historical Society.
  • $9,742 for the Graystone Society.
  • $4,000 for Historic Sugartown, Inc.
  • $11,639 for Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.
  • $4,000 for the Mill at Anselma Preservation Trust.
  • $4,484 for the Wharton Esherick Museum.

These grants come as part of 151 organizations from 57 counties statewide that applied for and are receiving more than $1 million in total PHMC funding. They were approved at the March 22 meeting of the PHMC, of which Dinniman is a member.

In addition, at the same meeting, the PHMC gave provisional approval for two new historical markers in Chester County. They are as follows:

  • The Carver Court Historical Marker in Caln Township commemorating defense housing created by noted architects Louis Kahn, Oskar Stonorov, and George Howe for African American workers and their families during World War II. Carver Court was built for residents who migrated north to work in steel mills, ordinance factories, and hospitals to support the war effort. While the architects advocated integrated housing, due to local pressures, Carver Court was segregated from the white housing nearby.


  • The Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) Historical Marker in Malvern commemorating the artist and woodworker who is recognized as the “Dean of American Craftsman” in the studio furniture movement for his sculptures and sculptural furniture and interiors. Esehrick’s works can be seen in private collections and museums throughout the country and at his studio and museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.