– The Commonwealth Financing Authority this week approved grants to offset lost operating revenue experienced by the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society, Pennsylvania State Police Museum and Hershey Story Museum, according to Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin).
The funding allocated by the state comes from the federal CARES Act.
Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society operates a museum, library, research archive and event space, and it hosts several events each year. The historical society lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was awarded a $25,000 grant.
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum serves new cadets, tourists, school groups, active and retired law enforcement personnel, and the general public. It memorializes troopers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The museum’s months-long closure resulted in more than $50,000 in lost revenue, for which $25,000 was awarded as a grant.
The Hershey Story Museum owned by the M.S. Hershey Foundation serves roughly 120,000 guests each year. A permanent exhibit focuses on the life of Milton Hershey as a man, business owner, community leader and philanthropist. Additional exhibits teach visitors about chocolate and its global origins. It was awarded a grant of $60,237.
“I’m thankful the Commonwealth Financing Authority recognized the important role these museums and organizations play in our community, serving not only our local residents, but also people from all over the world,” Mehaffie said. “We are fortunate to have these resources so close to home and must do what we can to preserve them.”
Representative Tom Mehaffie
106th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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