Pennsylvania's budget dramatically cut the Historical and Museum Commission's funding. On Monday, nine members of Old Economy Village's staff -- including all tour guides -- were furloughed, leaving the six-acre, 17-building National Historic Landmark with a state staff of six.
On Tuesday, the board of directors of the nonprofit Friends of Old Economy Village learned the PHMC expects them to assume the programming for an average 30,000 yearly visitors, many of them schoolchildren. A premiere historical educational site in Western Pennsylvania and the first PHMC museum may become "an expensive warehouse."
Old Economy Village, the geographic, historical and metaphorical heart of Ambridge, is a vital component in the ongoing rejuvenation of the town. Those who believe in historical education, love the village and wish it to remain open, please act:
1. Call Pennsylvania legislators.
3. Join the Friends. Obtain a membership form at www.oldeconomyvillage.org or call 724-266-4500.
4. Volunteer for scheduled events: Christmas with Belsnickel (for children) on Nov. 28, Christmas at the Village on Dec. 5 or the fund-raiser dinner on Dec. 13.
5. Donate to the Friends and/or attend the fund-raiser dinner to assist in continuing the site's mission.
6. Get the word out! Tell others how to help.
The Friends of Old Economy Village are dedicated to keeping the village alive, but the future is uncertain. Your support and advocacy would be deeply appreciated by all of us.
Friends of Old Economy Village