The York County History Center got a helping hand Tuesday, picking up more than $19,000 from a state grant reserved for large county historical societies.

State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, announced the York County History Center, formerly the York County Heritage Trust, as the winner of a $19,336 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, according to a news release.

Hill-Evans said the state grant is “a sound investment” that will help York County “maintain its excellent reputation as a cultural and historical destination.”

“Congratulations to the trust and the center,” Hill-Evans said in the release. “The center’s dedicated historians and staff are outstanding at telling the story of us, and the trust has been doing a wonderful job of marketing the center and its work across the county.”

The grant was one of many awarded by the state’s official history agency.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has given out nearly $2 million to 141 museums and county historical societies in 57 counties across the state, according to the release.

The York County History Center is in the midst of a yearslong process of centralizing its properties and assets at a historical campus in downtown York City.

Officials are preparing to open the public phase of the center's $20 million capital campaign to build the new campus. The campaign’s public donation phase will begin July 1.

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