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Pa. institute to receive grant

August 20, 2007

WELSH RUN, Pa. - State Rep. Todd Rock was expected today to present the Conococheague Institute in Welsh Run with a $6,060 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The grant will assist with the production and installation of four wayside road markers to further promote the Conococheague Valley's history during the French and Indian War.

Rock was scheduled to present the check to the Institute at its headquarters at Rock Hill Farm at 10 a.m.

According to Conococheague Institute's Executive Director Walter Powell, one of the markers will be at the site of the Studebaker Massacre near Welsh Run. It will tell the story of the Heinrich Studebaker family and the tragic events of March 3, 1756, when several members of the family were killed in an Indian attack on their farm.

The other sites under consideration for the waysides include McDowell's Mill, Rev. Steele's Fort and Fort Philip Davis.

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"This helps Conococheague Institute continue to improve our ability to tell the story of the French and Indian War in the Conococheague Valley," Powell said.

The Conococheague Institute was founded in 1994 to help promote the history of Conococheague Valley and to preserve and interpret the historic buildings on the farm known as Rock Hill.

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