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Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania “Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village”

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The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (doing business as the Senator John Heinz History Center) is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a western Pennsylvania connection.

Programs and Services

  • Since prehistoric times, people have adapted to the land and shaped their environment in order to survive and build a better life. This story of human history in western Pennsylvania is explored at Meadowcroft through archaeology, living history, and museum programs utilizing the unique resources of the site.
  • The museum preserves the Meadowcroft Rockshelter archaeological site, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America, for current and future generations to experience.
  • Meadowcroft provides a wide variety of public programs, exhibits, living history experiences and other outdoor learning opportunities for a diverse audience.
  • Meadowcroft's educational programs serve 10,000 school children annually from the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia tri-state area. These programs provide hands-on experiences for students in history and STEM education which meet state educational standards.
  • Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with school students staying at home, Meadowcroft and the Heinz History Center staff worked to produce History at Home educational resources for parents, educators, students and the general public. (http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/learn/history-at-home) Meadowcroft's virtual tour of the Rockshelter using GigaPan technology was also included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of destinations with distinctive virtual tours.

Primary Revenue Sources

Earned revenue (admission, shop sales, facility rentals, gas revenue); foundation and government grants; corporate donations; individual gifts; endowment.

Primary Fundraising Event

Annual History Maker's Award Dinner

2021 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-0965391
Net Assets$61,950,128


Name:David Scofield
Title:Director, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
Address:401 Meadowcroft Rd.
Avella, PA 15312

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