Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office


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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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

Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit: Year One Recap

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 →

PA State Museum and Archives banner

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 →

Pennsylvania Railroad: Schuylkill Valley Branch Bridge No. 83.40 (Auburn); Bartram Trail, West Brunswick and South Manheim Townships, Schuylkill County

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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