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Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, Inc.
Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania 15501

County (ARC Region) Somerset
State (ARC Region) Pennsylvania


Q1. Mission:

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County is the steward
of the cultural heritage of Somerset County through its historical
collections, educational programs, and genealogical archives.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County(HGSSC) provides a variety of public programming for schools, youth, and adults. We
preserve traditional craft/trade skills through an annual Mountain Craft Days Festival and quality workshops such as coopering, tinsmithing, rug
hooking, and others. Mountain Craft Days attracts over 8,000 visitors annually adding over $100,000.00 in sales to the local economy both
onsite, through the non-profits who operate food stands and additional income for hotels, restaurants, and stores. An additional 12,000 persons use the site for programming, recreation, family reunions, and touring.  The HGSSC is the designated county-wide historical society and is the hub of historical preservation, interpretation, and collection conservation within the county.  They are partnered with the Somerset Historical Center through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to operate the Museum. It also houses their collections, genealogical library, and historic buildings. The HGSSC property surrounds the Somerset Historical Center on three sides aiding both in their missions.

Many individuals now working in museum fields have been introduced to that field of work through internships or volunteering for HGSSC. Several of these are within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and several within the private sector.

The HGSSC has over 400 acres which is used for recreation including a 5K cross-country hiking/walking trail, cross country skiing, tractor drawn wagon rides, a pavilion, classroom, and the Haupt Education Center. It’s forest is managed for the best use of timber, wildlife, and invasive plant species control.


Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/3 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/3 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $125,000/$146.000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $224,105 / $212,828

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $125,000 / $146.000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($687,554)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($4,500)
Received From: Pennsylvania Humanities Council   Date Received: 08/18/2020
For What Purpose(s): Humanities Programming via social media and video

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Covid 19 has closed the PHMC owned Visitor Center which held our genealogical library, office, grounds for tours, hosting our programing,  and fundraising. This also included our largest fundraising activity, Mountain Craft Days.  The PHMC will keep their PA state museums closed through March of 2021. As a result, the HGSSC does not have access to much of their archives, collections, or educational supplies. The Society has moved their offices to their property adjacent to the Somerset Historical Center. This allows the HGSSC to operate in a much limited capacity with small fundraisers, minimal correspondence, and social media programming. All of our workshops were cancelled as well as lectures, programs, and educational programs. Not having access to the historical buildings meant no tours of the grounds for visitors. These closings were disastrous in regard to income for the HGSSC.  We had to redirect all programming to virtual tours and social media. The cancellation of Mountain Craft Days meant a loss of over $75,000.00 for the Historical Society as well as the many non-profit food vendors and 100 plus artisans. Genealogy correspondence has been suspended due to not being able to access the HGSSC library holdings at the Somerset Historical Center. Cancellation of school tours this year and probably next year not only hurt income, but the ability to present hands-on programs to students. Our Education Coordinator retired just as Covid hit. As a result, we were not able to hire a new person for that position, with programming duties being done by the Executive Director(a former Museum Educator II) the Curator, and other existing staff.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Sustaining and increasing funds to maintain property, staff, operations, and programming
Ability to offer programming other than to small groups
To help direct the funds received in the most useful and sustainable manner. identify new sources for fundraising in the Covid 19 era

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

The HGSSC hopes to learn how to direct the funds received in the most useful and sustainable manner. To find new sources for revenue in the Covid 19 era and in future years, realizing that public programming, touring and large group programs that provided major sources of income will be severely affected in the years to come. We hope to learn how to manage for sustainability in the years to come. With the reduced funding by the government to Pennsylvania state owned museums, it is plausible that they will turn over entire properties to local organizations such as the HGSSC. We would fall under that category of having to take over the total operations of the Somerset Historical Center, greatly increasing our budget to twice of the existing budget. The HGSSC needs that facility and what it has to offer in regard to programming, touring, fundraising, and to maintain a viable presence in the community.  The HGSSC Executive Committee is looking closely at positioning themselves to be able to manage the facility if that should occur, realizing that the State of PA has limited resources which they will direct to their major historic sites rather than to the smaller sites. The program will play a crucial role in helping to prepare the HGSSC for long term sustainability should they acquire the Somerset Historical Center from the PHMC.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Mark Ware, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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