As you may know, the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee (CPC) is charged by law with the continued preservation of the historic contents of the Main Capitol Building, including the Commonwealth's collection of Civil War battle flags, one of the most unique collections of its kind in the United States.
In 1985 the Committee began the conservation and removal of the flags from the main rotunda cases and the creation of a facility where the flags may be viewed via public tours. Over the course of the past twenty-five years, thousands of school groups, veterans, genealogists, reenactors and descendants visited and been awed by this priceless collection.
Recently, like many historical entities, the CPC's ability to provide for the perpetual care of these invaluable artifacts has been greatly impacted by the Commonwealth's budgetary crisis and the monies to care for the collection have been completely zeroed out. The present fiscal situation is dire. In the near future, continued preservation, interpretation, public tours, and upkeep of the flag facility will be severely restricted and possibly eliminated.
The Capitol Preservation Committee is appealing for assistance in the form of donations and fundraising to help offset the lapse in state funding for the Civil War battle flag collection until funding can be restored. Together, with your help, the Committee will ensure that this historically invaluable collection remains preserved and publicly accessible.
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