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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) in West Chester recently announced that it has been awarded $25,000 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program. The museum is one of 164 cultural organizations to benefit from the program, designed to offset lost revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We want to thank the governor and our local elected officials, Senator Tom Killion and Representative Carolyn Comitta, for understanding that museums and cultural organizations are vital to Pennsylvania and its citizens,” said Allison Titman, AHMEC’s executive director. “With admissions revenue down 70 percent from this time last year, this funding is essential to our ability to welcome visitors to the museum and provide them with a quality educational experience.”
AHMEC closed its doors to the public beginning March 14, 2020, through July 9. Like other museums and cultural organizations throughout the Commonwealth and the country, it has experienced significant financial hardship due to the pandemic. The museum reopened on July 10, with reduced operating hours and staffing.