HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) is applauding continued efforts to recognize and revitalize historic portions of Johnstown and the surrounding area, following the awarding of four grants by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
“Recent awards that support the Johnstown Inclined Plane and Ehrenfeld Coal Refuse Pile Reclamation project are further evidence of much-needed and well-deserved investment in the Johnstown area,” said Rigby. “As someone who was born and raised here, I appreciate the people who are working hard to preserve and improve our community and am happy to see their efforts being rewarded.”
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which is responsible for the collection, conservation and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, recently awarded Keystone Historic Preservation Grants to the following entities:
• Johnstown Area Heritage Association - $100,000 to upgrade and replace failing HVAC and electrical systems at the Johnstown Flood Museum and rehabilitate the exterior building fabric.
• Center for Metal Arts (CMA) - $25,000 for rehabilitation of the National Historic Landmark Cambria Mill Office Buildings to accommodate the CMA’s visitor area, galleries and administrative offices.
• Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation - $99,969.00 for stabilization of the Pattern Shop as part of the Center for Metal Arts’ educational blacksmithing program in Johnstown’s Cambria Iron and Steel Historic Landmark.
• Johnstown Redevelopment Authority - $50,000 to preserve the John Ludwig House at 662 Main St. in Johnstown, a location used by American Red Cross founder Clara Barton during relief efforts after the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Rigby’s district office at 814-536-9818.
Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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