Keystone Grant from the PHMC     

(PA Historical & Museum Commission)

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We couldn't be any more excited, pleased and HONORED by the announcement that the Byberry Friends Complex was chosen as a recipient of the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission's Keystone Planning Grant.

This proposal was only possible with the incredible hard work of Kate Cowing (Kate Cowing Architect), Mary Ellen McNish (President of the Byberry Friends Trustees), David Nepley (Clerk of Byberry Friends Meeting) and Susan Vorwerk (Consultant to Byberry).  Additionally, we are so grateful for the support of: Jon Farnham (Executive Director of the Philadelphia Historical Commission); Paul Steinke (Executive Director of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia); and Martina White (Pennsylvania State Representative of the 170th District); as well as many others who supported our application and subsequent nomination.

This Planning Grant is the first step in assessing the structural integrity of all the various components that make up our “complex”.

The Byberry Complex is made-up of:
    the meetinghouse;
    the library & schoolhouse;
    Byberry Hall (purpose-built abolition debate hall);
    the carriage shed, and 
    two burial grounds.  


We have much work ahead, but are excited that the PHMC recognizes the importance and significance of this property in the history of many social change movements in Philadelphia; in Pennsylvania; in the country.
 
Fore More Info: 
        See the PennLive Article
        See the Philly Voice Article