– State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon) today announced that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded a grant of $17,746 to Friends of Fort Halifax for a field school and volunteer project. The field school will build from earlier archaeological investigations at Fort Halifax Township Park to positively identify the location of Fort Halifax. These studies have identified buried features and recovered military and domestic artifacts that date back to the mid-18th century.
Fort Halifax was located along the Susquehanna River near present-day Halifax Borough. It served as a temporary stronghold from 1756-57 during the French and Indian War.
“I am very happy to see this grant awarded to Friends of Fort Halifax. This is an incredible piece of history that holds tremendous significance to our region and the nation,” said Helm. “Once the exact location of Fort Halifax has been identified, it will only add to the cultural and historical depth of the area.”
The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park &
Conservation Fund. Over the program's history, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has supported 860 preservation projects through this vital funding for necessary planning and construction projects at historic properties throughout the Commonwealth. This investment ensures that historic preservation plays an important role in their communities.
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Representative Sue Helm
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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