Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded a $25,797 Keystone Historic Preservation Grant to the Juniata County Historical Society for much-needed window repairs and replacement of degraded ultraviolet (UV) protection blinds at the Tuscarora Academy Museum in Academia, according to Rep. Perry Stambaugh (R-Perry/Juniata).
The museum, located in a 207-year-old fieldstone building, serves as the repository for a large collection of relics from Juniata County’s past. Unfortunately, the facility has long suffered from moisture and humidity issues.
Thanks to a successful 2022 fundraising campaign, a $42,000 project to install a modern HVAC system in the museum was recently completed. But window repairs were still desperately needed, and the Juniata County Historical Society received a quote of $49,894 to weatherize 29 windows and install UV film. The state grant will help fund that effort.
Founded in 1931, the Juniata County Historical Society oversees multiple properties, including two on the National Register of Historic Places: the Pomeroy-Academia Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Pennsylvania, and Tuscarora Academy, the first secondary school in the county.
Representative Perry Stambaugh
86th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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