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July 30, 2014
by Mark McConaughy
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Bushy Run Battlefield Historic Park: the 251st Anniversary

Bushy Run Battlefield is a state historic park located along Route 993 northwest of Greensburg and about one mile east of Harrison City in Westmoreland County.  The battlefield is associated with Pontiac’s Rebellion when Native American tribes rose up in 1763 in an attempt to drive out British interests after the end of the French and Indian War.

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July 25, 2014
by Andrea L. MacDonald

It Was Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

Sunny and 82 degrees — every day.  This type of weather forecast isn’t what I typically look forward to during a conference week. However FORUM 2014 – A Keystone Connection wasn’t your typical conference. Through an unprecedented partnership, FORUM 2014 harnessed the energy of 781 preservation-minded individuals from 48 states. These attendance numbers and ideal weather conditions will be hard to top in future years. Continue Reading →


July 23, 2014
by Scott Doyle

Year One Recap/Awards of PA’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit

As the calendar flips to another Fiscal Year, I want to take a few minutes to review the first year of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit and present the first 15 projects to receive historic tax credits in Pennsylvania. Continue Reading →

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July 16, 2014
by Guest Contributor

For PHMC, Preservation Begins at Home

Not everyone appreciates the beauty, simplicity and architectural honesty of mid-century modern architecture.  As in every age and style there are good examples, bad examples, and occasionally, a truly exemplary work of architecture.  Fortunately for PHMC, The State Museum and Archives building in Harrisburg is an exemplary work of mid-century modern design.  Continue Reading →

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July 9, 2014
by Cheryl Nagle

The Past, Present and Future of the Transportation Enhancement Programs, MAP-21 and Transportation Alternatives Program.

On July 17, 2014, at the Forum 2014 Statewide Conference on Heritage Byways to the Past in Philadelphia, the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) will be part of the panel for the session “The Past, Present and Future of the Transportation Enhancement Programs, MAP-21 and Transportation Alternatives Program.”  Continue Reading →


July 8, 2014
by Tom Held

Special Announcement: Premiere of Pennsylvania’s Historic Bridges

We invite you to attend the premiere of Pennsylvania’s Historic Bridges: Connecting Our Past and Future at this year’s PA Statewide Conference on Heritage. If you are attending the conference and would like to attend this event make sure that you adjust your registration. If you have any problems doing this please contact Cory Kegerise at

If you are not attending the conference but will be in the Philadelphia area and would like to attend just the movie premiere please contact Kira Heinrich at for your invitation and RSVP information.
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July 2, 2014
by Serena Bellew

Philadelphia Meeting of Two National Preservation Organizations

July 2014 is a busy month for historic preservationists.  Over eight hundred people will converge on the city of Philadelphia for the 2014 FORUM Preservation Conference and other related meetings and events between July 16 and 20.  Continue Reading →

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June 18, 2014
by Pamela Reilly

Reading Terminal Market: A Proud Philadelphia Tradition Continues

As preservationists from all over the country converge in Philadelphia  this summer for  Forum 2014 it is only appropriate to highlight the  fabulous and historic food venue that will host the conference reception on July 18th—the Reading Terminal Market.  The Market itself is a real preservation success story.  It is a landmark building (recognized as a NPS National Historic Landmark since 1976 and documented as an engineering marvel by the Historic American Engineering Record ) with its own storied history which has survived challenging and uncertain times to delight a new generation of Philadelphians and visitors.   Continue Reading →


June 11, 2014
by Katie Hess

BHP’s Offbeat Outings: Worlds End

Offbeat Outings is a bi-monthly series that highlights the travels of BHP staff as they experience history first-hand throughout Pennsylvania.

A few weeks ago, I headed north on Friday afternoon and drove just over 100 miles to Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.  Until living in Harrisburg and working for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, my territory was mostly focused south and east of Franklin County.  Traveling north by myself was a new experience.  Having had some pretty great adventures, I was surprised by this experience and by finding a landscape of such dynamic character.  Continue Reading →