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May 25, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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May’s SHPO Shout-Out

We’re back to our regular SHPO Shout-Out post this month, and I get to tell you about some great local preservation activities, two national award winners, and a cool new park in Jefferson County. Two quick things before I launch into my list of happy news: have you taken our online survey for the next statewide historic preservation plan yet? Or have you registered for the upcoming Statewide Conference on Heritage? There is still time to do both! Continue Reading →

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May 18, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Community Landmarks in the City of Neighborhoods

By Samantha Kuntz

Philadelphia has managed to accrue some significant historic resources over the past, oh, 300 years or so. It is home to no fewer than 550 resources (including districts) listed on National Register of Historic Places, and it holds over 11,087 resources (including districts) on the local Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.  Philadelphia possesses relics of our nascent nation (the U.S. Constitution, the Liberty Bell), contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Independence Hall), and boasts an impressive new heritage association (full membership in the Organization of World Heritage Cities).

In other words, there must be something in the (Schuylkill and Delaware) water here.

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May 11, 2016
by Bryan Van Sweden
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Just Listed!

Western Pennsylvania has been a hotbed of National Register activity during the past year. From three Washington County farms, to an industrial facility and a Salvation Army building in Pittsburgh, to a Masonic lodge in Latrobe and a synagogue in Brownsville, the National Park Service has recently listed an eclectic variety of properties in that part of the state.

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May 5, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Special Announcement: Job Opening at the PA SHPO

There is an immediate opening for the following position with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC):

Historic Preservation Manager

THE POSITION:

This position is responsible for the direction and operation of the Division of Preservation Services within the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). This division provides for the identification, evaluation, and preservation of significant historic properties through the administration of state and federal historic preservation programs

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Community Connections: Planning for Preservation in Pennsylvania

May 4, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Month Big Announcements!

May is National Historic Preservation Month and a great time to announce two new exciting preservation initiatives at the PA SHPO.   We’re celebrating this year by kicking off our “Community Connections” campaign, the outreach and planning efforts for Pennsylvania’s next statewide historic preservation plan, and our Preservation50 Community Recognition campaign.  Continue Reading →

Community Connections: Planning for Preservation in Pennsylvania

May 4, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Community Connections: Planning for Preservation in Pennsylvania

As the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) turns fifty this year, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), has begun outreach and strategic planning for Pennsylvania’s next statewide comprehensive historic preservation plan. We believe that this important anniversary is the right opportunity to engage with Pennsylvanians and find out how we can collectively guide preservation in Pennsylvania for the next fifty years. Continue Reading →

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April 27, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Shouting-Out about the Statewide Conference!

Time for April’s SHPO Shout-Out! I’m going to mix it up a bit this month and Shout Out about something that’s happening soon rather than something that’s already happened or is in the process of happening. It’s not that I don’t have a whole bunch of great things waiting in the wings – it’s just that the 2016 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage is a REALLY big deal and I’d be derelict in my duties as Education and Outreach Coordinator if I didn’t make sure that all of our dedicated readers know all about it. Continue Reading →

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April 20, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Preserving Titusville: The Birthplace of The Oil Industry Finds A Path Towards Saving Its Historic Architecture

by Abigail Watson-Popescu 

As a child growing up in Titusville the first thing you are taught about your hometown is that Edwin Drake struck oil here on August 27, 1859. The thing you notice, though, is that your town feels very different from other towns. With wrought iron fences lining slate sidewalks, horse hitching posts and carriage mounting blocks dotting the streets, and gigantic Victorian houses abounding there is a feeling of actually living in another time.

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April 13, 2016
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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What is National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week?

I had to quickly learn the answer to that question for the first time this year… Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on opinion leaders and policy makers – together with a cohesive message in support of preservation-positive legislation.  Advocacy Week is organized each year by Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) and brings together over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

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April 6, 2016
by Kira Heinrich
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5 Things about the New and Improved Archaeological Guidelines

What better way to celebrate archaeology during Preservation50 than to share the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s recently revised and newly issued of the Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Pennsylvania?  Another bit of big news is that the revised Guidelines are being released in tandem with the much-anticipated Pre-Contact Probability Model layer on CRGIS.

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