Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Tuckaway Tree Farm

April 16, 2014
by Andrea L. MacDonald

An ERIEsistable Journey

The odometer read 19 when we rolled out of the state garage.   We had an ambitious three-day schedule planned to northwestern Pennsylvania.  The Bureau’s new director, Serena Bellew, had never been to the ‘Erie triangle’ or the northwest corner of the Commonwealth and she was in for a treat… or two, or three – because great local eateries were also on the itinerary.  Our mantra for the trip was “positive preservation.”  At each stop we planned to meet with some of our partners who have been thoughtfully and purposefully working toward accomplishing various preservation goals.

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April 7, 2014

Job Opportunity at PHMC

There is an immediate opening with the PA Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) for a Historic Preservation Specialist.


This is a limited-term position (lasting less than 1 year) in the Division of Preservation Services. The office location is at Graeme Park in Horsham, Pennsylvania. The division is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and preservation of historic properties through a variety of state and federal programs. The position requires an understanding and critical analysis of cultural resources, methods of historical research, historic resource survey standards, and National Register guidelines, as well as public engagement and education. The position further requires working with a variety of partners including state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and the interested public in order to carry out the responsibilities outlined below.

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April 2, 2014
by Cory Kegerise

Register Now for FORUM 2014 in Philadelphia

FORUM2014 PrelimCover web small 232x300 Register Now for FORUM 2014 in PhiladelphiaRegistration is now open for FORUM 2014, July 16-20, in Philadelphia.  FORUM is the title for this year’s Statewide Conference on Heritage/Byways to the Past, which has teamed up with the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s biennial training program for a jam-packed week of workshops, tours, and sessions.  Whether you’re a perennial attendee of the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, or a first-timer, a planner, architect, archaeologist, historical commission or HARB member, elected official, or consultant the combination of these two events in a single place is a training and networking opportunity not to be missed! Continue Reading →

Hosanna Church

March 26, 2014
by Guest Contributor

Hosanna Church: The Last building in Hinsonville

In the shadow of Lincoln University – one of Pennsylvania’s four “state affiliated” universities (its fellows being Pitt, Temple, and Penn State) – can be found the small and stoic Hosanna AUMP Church. One pragmatic story tall, with a grand total of eight windows on four sides, the modest footprint of Hosanna belies its cultural significance, yet remains unevaluated for inclusion in the National Register. Continue Reading →

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March 19, 2014
by Douglas McLearen

Archaeological Sites and the National Register

The U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, describes the National Register of Historic Places as “the official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.  National Register properties have significance to the prehistory or history of their community, State, or the Nation (NPS 1990, revised 1997). Continue Reading →

Elfreth's Alley

March 5, 2014
by Karen Galle
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New Markers approved for 2014

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 21 new historical markers.  Approval Criteria require that marker subjects must have statewide and/or national rather than local or regional historical significance.  After the jump is a quick look at this year’s approved markers. Continue Reading →


February 26, 2014
by Andrea L. MacDonald

Getting to Know the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board

If you haven’t participated in a Pennsylvania National Register nomination you may not have experienced a Historic Preservation Board meeting.  But that shouldn’t stop you!  The meetings are open to the public and we welcome all preservation aficionados to attend a future meeting.  The 2014 schedule is posted on our website. The nominations to be reviewed at an upcoming meeting will also be posted to the website about one month prior to the scheduled meeting.

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Board is to provide expert judgments about the historical, architectural, and archeological significance of resources in Pennsylvania as authorized by Section 101 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and Sections 504 and 505 of the Pennsylvania History Code. Continue Reading →


February 19, 2014
by Tom Held

Offbeat Outings: Vandergrift

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

When some people plan to go on an historic vacation they think of places to visit like the Egyptian pyramids at Giza, Colonial Williamsburg, Stonehenge, or even Gettysburg. When I think of an historic vacation, I think about going home. Continue Reading →