The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has received a $48,400 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a Research & Learning Center and researcher lodging at Eckley Miners’ Village. We need your help to claim this prestigious award.

The NEH’s Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant is a highly competitive federal grant program that strengthens the institutional base of the humanities by supporting the development of facilities for humanities activities and stimulating local investment in the humanities. The NEH has pledged to double the impact of your donations by awarding Eckley a dollar-for-dollar match. That means that for each dollar you donate, two dollars will be invested in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s educational opportunity and economic development.

To claim this transformative award, Eckley must raise $24,200 in gifts by July 2024 and an additional $24,200 by July 2025. Please consider making a donation today to protect and preserve this piece of history for future generations.

Ways to Contribute

Individual Gifts

For each dollar that you donate, the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide $1 of federal funding (up to $48,400) to support the creation of a research center and researcher lodging at Eckley Miners’ Village.

The Pasco L. Schiavo Fund of the Luzerne Foundation will also match our next $3,500 in donations. That means that each dollar you give contributes $3 to Eckley’s revitalization!

Triple your impact with a donation today!

Your total amount is : 50.00 (Currency: USD)

Corporate Support

Does your employer or company support the work of nonprofit organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania? Contact us to discuss how a tax-deductible gift, sponsorship, or other partnership can support renovations, programming, and special events at Eckley.

Free Ways to Support

Spread the word about Eckley and its future by following us on Facebook and Instagram, sharing this page to your social media accounts, and – most importantly – talking us up to your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone who will listen!

We are also accepting new volunteers. Join our team today!

About the Project

Called an “innovative” and “visionary endeavor” by NEH referees, the Research & Learning Center will serve as a meeting place for Northeastern Pennsylvania’s universities, K-12 schools, and broader community, transforming Eckley into a hub of hands-on learning and cutting-edge scholarship in a chronically underserved region.

By renovating the 2,900 square-foot, 19th-century home of Eckley founder Asa Foster as a place-based Research & Learning Center, we are creating a one-of-a-kind lifelong learning environment. Partnerships with the region’s educational institutions will facilitate mentorships for K-12 students to work alongside university researchers, training seminars for area teachers to engage with emerging scholarship, and exhibits and programs to share new findings about the region with community members. Nearby, a rehabilitated miner’s home will offer 1,500 square feet of overnight lodging, allowing researchers and visitors alike to fully immerse themselves in anthracite heritage.

Read our Research & Learning Center White Paper to learn more.

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