For years, the Summit Hill Historical Society has occupied a rented property on West Ludlow Street.

A few months ago, the group found out it would be losing the building, forcing it to find a new home.

That's when another non-profit, the Summit Hill Heritage Center, stepped in to help.

"Well I think it was mutual. We came to them and they were coming to us at the same time," said Debra Ranck, a volunteer at the Heritage Center.

The Historical Society is now in the process of moving into the Heritage Center, located on West Hazard Street.

"I think we both needed a place to be together and that way we could make sure that we're here for the future," said Ranck.

"This is at least twice as much square footage as we had before, a lot brighter with the windows," said Louis Vermillion, a member of the Historical Society.

The move will be mutually beneficial for both sides. The new space will allow the Historical Society to accept and display larger artifacts.

"Our biggest problem was when we would get new stuff, we didn't have room. But now that's not an excuse anymore, we have all the room we need," said James Szczecina, president of the Historical Society.

And the partnership will give the Heritage Center new opportunities to apply for grants, bringing in financial aid for both non-profits.

"Museum grants were not available to us. I had tried once or twice, not only with the federals but with other people and they said we're not a museum. But now that the two of us are together, I can at least maybe find some money for them and it would also assist us," said Ranck.

The financial help is an important piece of the puzzle that is preserving the history and heritage of Summit Hill.

"It's our past and there's no other way for the young people of our community and ourselves, we enjoy looking back and seeing things we're quite familiar with," said Szczecina.

The Heritage Center and the Historical Society say they hope to have a grand opening celebration sometime in the spring.