WEST CHESTER (March 6, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) approved more than $36,000 in grants for four historical and cultural organizations in Chester County.

“Chester County’s rich history is a vital resource to preserve and learn from, and I am thankful for those who work to keep it alive,” Dinniman, who serves on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, said. “These grants will continue to support the ongoing effort to ensure that our heritage is preserved for generations to come.”

The PHMC grants are as follows:

  • $17,441 for the Chester County Historical Society.
  • $4,000 for Historic Sugartown.
  • $9,720 for Historic Yellow Springs.
  • $4,490 for the Wharton Esherick Museum.

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.

The Chester County Historical Society also received $6,692 in HARC Historical Care grants for the processing and rehousing of the Schramm, Inc. Photograph Collection. The grant project will focus on the housing, arrangement, and description of photographs from the Schramm Company through their history – from making parts for the WWII U.S. Army Signal Corps, to a litany of mining and construction equipment.

Schramm, Inc. was founded in 1900 with an original focus on the manufacturing of engine-driven machinery and portable air compressors. In 2010, they supplied equipment which was used in the rescue of 33 Chilean miners – which Schramm, Inc. calls their highest calling. The rescue mission took almost 70 days, and Schramm’s equipment played an important role in saving them.

In Nov. 2019, Schramm Inc. was sold, following a June filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Schramm II Inc. completed the purchase, with Gen Nx360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm, owning Schramm II.