Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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Smoothed exterior and shell-tempered ceramic sherds of Edinburg Phase Mahoning Ware recovered from the Ashton Cemetery Site (36LR0165).

January 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Punching through the Plowzone

Archaeologists are always on the ready for the next mythical idea of what we are and what we do. We don’t dig dinosaurs or find buried treasure (at least the kind that entails riches untold). We don’t all work in academia and, yes, our parents likely told us there were no jobs in archaeology.

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This photograph shows the front of the Anderson House.

January 10, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The Keystone Program Helps Plan a New Fine Art Museum in Bedford County

Bedford County sorely lacked a fine art museum after its previous institution dissolved in 2013. Two years later, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) decided to expand their satellite museum program into Bedford Borough and identified a historic building on Pitt Street as a prime location for the new fine art center. Continue Reading →

The image shows a white number 5 on a blue background.

December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post.  Continue Reading →

This photograph shows a large poster of agricultural regions and informational banners.

December 20, 2017
by Multiple Authors
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Dig into Your Roots at the 2018 Farm Show

So, you are enjoying the delights of the Farm Show and you misplaced your spouse and kids. Where to find them? At the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission booth at the 2018 Farm Show? Maybe not, but you might find older generations of your family there. Continue Reading →

December 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Erie’s culture, heritage shine in new preservation plan

By Liz Allen, Preservation Erie

Erie County’s story spreads out across the land and spills out across the water. Our tales are told through architectural treasures and our narrative is shaped by our natural environment. We’ve unearthed our roots by preserving our immigrant past, while we continue to reinvent our future by welcoming new Americans. Continue Reading →

This photograph shows a two-story brick house in downtown York as the home of the Goodridge Center.

December 6, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Spotlight: William C. Goodridge Freedom Center Keystone Grant

Leveraging local dollars to support important historic preservation initiatives is one of the key facets of the PHMC’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. Continue Reading →

This image shows a two-story brick house with mansard roof.

November 29, 2017
by Pamela Reilly
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The Second Empire Strikes Back

Perhaps no architectural style has been more cruelly reinterpreted in the modern era than the classy and distinctive French Second Empire style (also called the Mansard style). Continue Reading →

This photograph shows four students clearing dirt from an archaeological site.

November 22, 2017
by Steven McDougal
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Centre County’s Hatch Site

This past summer I had the opportunity, along with other members of the PA SHPO, to visit an archaeological field school underway in State College. It’s not often I get away from my desk, so it was a nice chance to get out in the field and get my hands dirty helping to screen soil, even if just for a day or two. The field school was run as a coordinated effort by the Juniata College Cultural Resource Institute and the PennDOT Highway Archaeological Survey Team (PHAST) at the James W. Hatch Site (36Ce544). Continue Reading →