THE HERITAGE CENTER
OUR CORNERSTONE CAMPAIGN

THE HERITAGE CENTER PROJECT

The Monroe County Historical Association seeks to build an urgently needed Heritage Center addition to the Stroud Mansion to preserve our historic structure and respond to the growing demand from Monroe County citizens and visitors for historical programs and services.

WE ARE CALLING THIS OUR CORNERSTONE CAMPAIGN. Like a building’s cornerstone, the Stroud Mansion houses and protects the memories and milestones of our families, businesses, and the diverse boroughs and villages we call home.

PROJECT GOALS:
  • Expand facilities and visitor amenities so that larger groups can gather together for education and community-building activities
  • Improve accessibility to the building and information accessibility for researchers and other visitors
  • Enhance preservation, storage, and display for our historic treasures.

Please help us to continue to serve you for the next century and beyond!

MONROE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

  900 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-1604
  570 421 7703
  570 421 9199
OFFICE HOURS
10am–4pm
Tuesday-Friday

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
Closed major holidays

WHY BUILD THE HERITAGE CENTER?

Our most pressing concerns

Wear and tear on the historic structure
  • Severe damage to the original 1795 floors in meeting room and library
  • Weight of heavy file cabinets in the library
Out of room for programs and people
  • Participants often turned away from programs and events
  • Space needed for organizing, presenting, and storing interactive, hands-on educational programs
  • Cramped office space leading to inefficiencies
Inaccessibility
  • The Stroud Mansion is inaccessible to people with mobility limitations
  • No elevator anywhere in the building
  • A lack of technology to improve accessibility of archives, records, and the visitor experience
Environmental damage to archives and artifacts
  • No climate control or proper storage which affects the integrity and organization of archives and artifacts
  • Collections dispersed throughout the Stroud Mansion, including the basement and attic
Opportunities in the new Heritage Center

Expanded exhibit space
  • More room for exhibits
  • Better showcase to display diversity in Monroe County, past and present
Room for rotating exhibits
  • Opportunities for local art and other creative displays to be exhibited.
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Large community room
  • Seating for up to 125 guests
  • Lecture series audiences will grow
  • Themed events and a wide variety of programming can be hosted
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View from Main Street

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View from Ninth Street • New Heritage Center at right

ABOUT THE DESIGN

Concept design: MKSD Architects of Allentown
Size: Three floors and basement. Approximately 7,000 square feet.
Location: Connected to north side of Stroud Mansion (Ninth Street side)
About the design: In keeping with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Preservation Brief 14, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, and the Stroudsburg Historical Preservation Ordinance, the Heritage Center addition design uses the same materials and a simplified design that references the historic building, but does not copy to create a fake “old” appearance.

Read more:
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The rendering above shows how the patterns and features of the Stroud Mansion and the Heritage Center correspond to each other, including the alignment, both horizontally and vertically, of the Stroud Mansion’s floor elevations, cornice line, and window openings. Click to see larger image.
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This first-floor plan highlights the increased space for community gatherings and educational programs the addition will provide. The proposed Heritage Center Community Room will seat 125 guests. Click to see larger image.

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ABOUT THE MCHA

Monroe County Historical Association

MISSION STATEMENT
The Monroe County Historical Association is a cultural and learning center that assists our diverse community of residents and visitors in connecting the county’s past with the present.

OUR GOALS
  • Promote and encourage historical research and study
  • Collect and preserve archival materials
  • Collect and preserve historical artifacts
  • Develop and present educational opportunities to all age groups, including on-site and outreach programs.
The continued growth of the Monroe County Historical Association depends upon the active participation and support of individuals who share an interest in the rich heritage of Monroe County.

You are invited to join in MCHA’s mission to preserve and disseminate Monroe County history.
570 421 7703 or Contact Us for more information

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