Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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The slate roof and chimneys of the Howard Riegel Residence, an historic resource contributing to the Easton Historic District (Easton, PA), sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s high-force winds in October 2012. Repairs are nearly complete; the chimneys have since been restored and the slate roof has been stabilized.

September 11, 2014
by Jeremy R. Young

2nd Time Around: PaSHPO Accepting Pre-Application Materials for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Grant Program for Historic Properties through October 10

Last call! On September 2, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PaSHPO) began accepting its second and final round of Part 1 submissions for its Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Grant Program for Historic Properties. Submissions will be accepted through October 10. Continue Reading →

Bean Fields

September 10, 2014
by Guest Contributor
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Intern Insights: The Buckaloons

Hi y’all, I’m Meghan Rooney and I had the amazing opportunity to intern with PHMC-BHP all summer. I am a senior at Shippensburg University, studying Public Administration with dual minors in History and International Studies. I had a blast working with the BHP staff and on my project, The Irvine Estate/Buckaloons. Continue Reading →

Allegheny Ridge Logo

September 4, 2014
by Tom Held

Community Preservation Workshop in Altoona September 18th

Altoona Cultural Resources Essentials Focus: Community Preservation Workshop


Where: Altoona Heritage Discovery Center 1421-1427 12th Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601

When: Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9AM–4PM
Partners: Allegheny Ridge Corporation

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s Bureau of Historic Preservation

Preservation PA

Sponsor: Middle PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (MPCAIA)
Cost: Free admission for the general public

$60 for AIA architects seeking CES credit

Lunch: Provided for paying attendees

$10 for the general public

RSVP: Please email by NOON Monday, September 15th

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

September 3, 2014
by Cory Kegerise

New Projects and New Faces at the PaSHPO

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office has multiple roles and frequently has many irons in the fire. Among the responsibilities that people are most familiar with are facilitating National Register nominations, assisting tax credit applicants, managing grants, advising community leaders, reviewing state and Federally-assisted project, and maintaining historical markers. But from time to time, the office has the opportunity to delve into other projects and issues that will help Pennsylvania’s communities better preserve and enhance historic places. There are a number of special projects underway right now and two new staff members, Jeremy Young and Shelby Weaver-Splain, have recently come aboard to manage these programs.

Jeremy and Shelby joined the PaSHPO staff in July 2014 and I asked each of them to share a little bit about their backgrounds, interests, and projects. Continue Reading →


August 27, 2014
by Dave Maher

Spotlight Series: Back to School

Over the last several weeks, you’ve read some of the adventures of our summer 2014 interns.  As they, and countless other students, head back to those hallowed halls of higher education, we here at the State Historic Preservation Office thought we’d search through our vast collection of historic resource files, and highlight a selection of Pennsylvania state schools listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  While there are fourteen schools that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and while most possess individual buildings or historic districts that have been determined eligible for the National Register at one time or another, only six schools have historic resources listed in the National Register.  The following is a quick glance at these historic schools, with a sampling of photographs submitted with the National Register nomination at the time of listing.  To read the full National Register nomination, which is posted to our CRGIS, click on the link after each school’s name.  So, be quiet, sit up straight, spit out that gum, and welcome back to school!      Continue Reading →

SUNY Binghamton field work

August 20, 2014
by Guest Contributor

Intern Insights: Two Worlds – CRM and Academia

Ever since I discovered archaeology in high school I knew that it was going to be my career, even if I have not figured out the specifics of what I wanted to do. By recommendation, I ended up at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). It was an excellent choice for me, and gave me the chance to learn about the different areas of archaeology that I could choose from. While there are many work-related fields to choose, the two main divisions I saw were cultural resource management (CRM) jobs, and jobs in academia. Either way, I knew that both required at least a Master’s degree and that’s how I found my way to the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton. Continue Reading →

Photo 4 Interns with William Penn

August 6, 2014
by Guest Contributor

Intern Life at PHMC

Each year the PHMC hosts students interested in working in the field of Public History. Each Keystone Intern works directly with a PHMC staff member on a specific project. This year in collaboration with the other Bureaus of the PHMC we have established a blog series that highlights different aspects of the internship. This week’s blog is the introduction to that series. Continue Reading →

Bushy Run Reenactment

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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