$1 Million in Pew Heritage Awards

Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Stephan Salisbury

03/26/2008 - An ancient cemetery seeking relevance in the world of the living and a museum looking to build an inquisitive and net-savvy community are among nine recipients of more than $1 million in grants from the Heritage Philadelphia Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

"This year, we expanded the notion of heritage to include social history, folklore, and civic engagement work as well as other forms of living cultural heritage," Paula Marincola, heritage program director, said in a statement. "The Heritage Philadelphia Program emphasizes projects which make the connection between present-day life and the past, making history come alive for audiences."

For the Friends of Laurel Hill, the 171-year-old cemetery overlooking the east bank of the Schuylkill, connections are essential. Despite its status as a National Historic Landmark, Laurel Hill struggles to pay for maintenance of its myriad sculptural works and gardens and to connect its past to the contemporary world.

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