Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation

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Mike Roman & Sandy Mansmann of the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation

Without the help of the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation, some of our community’s most significant places may have been lost to time.

The Landmarks Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization which encourages the preservation of buildings, structures and sites that are deemed representative of the culture, architecture, and history of Washington County, Pennsylvania.  It was created by a $25,000 bequest nearly five decades ago.  The Landmarks Foundation’s 1995 publication, Preserving Our Past: Landmark Architecture of Washington County, Pennsylvania, continues to serve as a benchmark of knowledge upon which county history is built.  Each year during Washington County Fair week, the Landmarks Foundation hosts between 600 and 750 visitors to the 1806 stone farmhouse where the organization is headquartered and maintains a research library.  Additionally, the Landmarks Foundation conducts various educational programs throughout the county and oversees a Historical Landmark Program for Washington County homeowners.

The knowledge shared by the charity has proven to be useful to many.  In fact, prior to the WCCF taking ownership of the Samuel T. Brownlee House, Landmarks Foundation Coordinator Sandra Mansmann discreetly helped to research the historical significance of the building, deeming it “a jewel in the preservation crown of Washington County.”

The President’s Choice Award, previously the Director’s Choice Award, has been given annually since 2008.  The award includes a $10,000 grant from the Acorn Fund.

The goal of the award is to assist a small but improving charity the way the Foundation was helped by its earliest supporters.  Eligible charities are required to have an operating budget of less than $250,000, have been in existence for at least three years, and provide a program in one of the six areas supported by the Acorn Fundarts and humanities, community improvement, education, environment and animal welfare, health and fitness, human needs, or religion and faith-based. 

Applicants are judged on quality of programming, community impact as gauged by the number of people served, programs offered, or other measurable component, and improvement in the organization’s finances over a period of years.