PHMC Grant Awarded To
The Lehigh County Historical Society
The Lehigh County Historical Society was the fortunate recipient of a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) grant that provided the funding for the Society to make 400 preservation duplicate negatives from a private historic photographic collection. This project adds significantly to the Society’s collection of over 65,000 vintage photographs.
Staff and LCHS volunteers worked almost a year to organize the photographs into six regional categories that include: Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and the larger Lehigh Valley. Next, historical advisors, along with staff and Lehigh County Historical Society volunteers selected photographs from each of these categories taking into consideration such factors as their historical significance and uniqueness, aesthetic appeal and physical quality.
After selections were made, the images were sent out so that preservation duplicate negatives could be made. After each negative was made, it was cataloged into our collection, placed in an acid-free sleeve and acid free box and then placed in our climate-controlled archives. A high quality photocopy of each image has been placed in a notebook with its corresponding catalog number so that Lehigh County Historical Society members, library patrons, and other historical organizations can select any of the 400 images for reproduction. The preservation duplicate negatives will ensure the longevity of 400 of these historically significant photographs.
With PHMC funding, the Lehigh County Historical Society was able to fulfill an important part of its mission; to preserve the history of this region and to make it accessible to this generation and future generations to come.