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Projects and Places

Since its formation as a State Heritage Park in 1998 Endless Mountains Heritage Region has funded over 100 projects within its four member counties. Projects must fit within EMHR's mission statement and pass muster against a robust criteria. Below are links to information sheets in pdf format on some typical projects.

Seneca Trail
EMHR is partnering with and providing a mini-grant to Eaton Township in Wyoming County to realize the plans for the Seneca Trail. EMHR funding is being applied to the development of a trail logo and brand, signage and map & guide. Information about recent accomplishments on the trail logo and signage is provided here.

Ghost Towns of the Endless Mountains
The Ghost Town of Ricketts is alive. With lumber mill operations shutting down 100 years ago, a partnership has developed signage, brochures and interpretive walks to educate and celebrate the once-vibrant lumber town in our wilderness. A partnership of Bill Williams of the State Game Commission, F. Charles Petrillo, historian/researcher, Melanie Norton of the Sullivan County Historical Society, Diane Turrell of DDH Design, and Phil Swank of EMHR worked over several months to create attractive and informative signage and brochures depicting the rich history of this treasured place. Information is provided here. We are looking for more potential "ghost towns" to uncover and interpret. Call EMHR office, 570-265-1528, to explore this theme.
  
Project Management of EMHR
EMHR is the pivotal driver of heritage development, outdoor recreation, historic preservation, conservation and natural resource education, tourism promotion, transportation enhancements, community and economic development and cultural awareness activities of the four-county Endless Mountains Region.

Since 1998, we have funded over 100 total projects, involving over 60 separate sites and attractions in the four counties comprising the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, utilizing over $1.6 million in Heritage Parks funding and leveraging over $1 million in other state and federal funding including Appalachian Regional Commission, National Park Service, Save Our Treasures, Transportation Enhancement (TEA-21), PHMC and DCED (Community Development Block Grant and Community Revitalization) grant programs.

EMHR projects are relatively small “bricks and mortar” construction, renovation and restoration projects involving some of our most treasured historic and community anchor buildings and trails. These projects result in the utilization of volunteers or staff persons coordinating projects involving services of consultants (architects, planners, engineers, etc.), purchasing of supplies and materials, and employing local contractors.

Funding is provided to many communities otherwise un-served or under-served by state and federal funding programs – rural townships and villages for example.  EMHR provides capacity-building and technical assistance to local and regional agencies in conceptualizing and planning multiple types of projects, grant research, grant application and proposal preparation, project implementation, procurement procedures, contract compliance measures and reporting, construction inspection, and project completion and close-out. 

EMHR is Involved in the conceptualization and implementation of some of the region’s most significant projects of transportation, recreation & parks, community development, heritage tourism and historic preservation, providing leadership, capacity-building and partnerships for the following:

Marie Antoinette Overlook -  A million-dollar restoration of the Route 6 scenic vista and Works Progress Administration structures utilizing PADOT TEA-21, DCNR Growing Greener II County Environmental Initiative, DCED, county and local agency funds. Marie Antoinette Overlook Project Summary

Susquehanna Water Trail – Establishment of a nationally-recognized (National Recreation Trail) water trail for the North Branch of the Susquehanna River from Susquehanna Depot/Oakland in Susquehanna County to Berwick, including river orientation and safety signage and map & guide utilizing National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways Network, DCNR Heritage Parks, and local funds. Check the Water Trail page for details on the management of the trail and its stewardship.

Museum Development & Support – Design, Construction and Renovation assistance to fifteen museums and historic sites, including the $1.2 million renovation of the old Bradford County Jail and conversion to a state-of-the-art county museum and the Eagles Mere Museum featured in the Heritage PA Best Practices publication.

Other examples of how Heritage Area Program funding can enable local volunteer organizations to produce key interpretation and education centers are the LeRoy Heritage Museum 
Clifford Township Historical Society, and Eagles Mere Conservancy Trails.

These small groups of dedicated and passionate community leaders worked with EMHR from project conceptualization to grant research and application to project implementation to save valuable historic resources in their communities and utilize them as heritage sites. 
 

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