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January 18, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Local Landmark for Sale: Johnstown Car Barns

Car barns are a historic remnant of a bygone era. The Johnstown Car Barns, located at 630 and 716 Central Avenue in Johnstown are no exception.  Built in 1893 to service and store trolleys, these building help communicate the story of public transportation in Cambria County.  The historic car barns are being offered for sale, allowing for a unique opportunity to adaptively reuse the buildings so they can be retained as an important landmark in the community.

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January 11, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Marker Scavenger Hunters Extraordinaire

By Suzanna Barucco

One of the honors of serving on the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board is the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth at historical marker dedications.  I met some true marker scavenger hunters at one of these dedications and wanted to share their story.  Interested in doing some marker hunting of your own?  Take a trip to Harrisburg this week for PHMC’s annual Marker Scavenger Hunt inside the Farm Show Complex! Continue Reading →

January 4, 2017
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Find Your Story at the 2017 PA Farm Show!

2016 flew like a flash! I can’t believe its time for the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show already.  Although my head remains full of visions of dancing sugar-plums, staff at the State Historic Preservation Office have been busy getting ready for our booth at the PA Farm Show.

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December 28, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2016

This time of year is all about traditions, so I’m keeping one of ours here at the PA Historic Preservation blog: the Year in Review.  Its a good time to reflect on all the great preservation in Pennsylvania in 2016.  There is so much to choose from that it was hard to come up with my top 5!  Once you read through my list, leave a comment and tell me what is on your Top 5 list.

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December 21, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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December’s SHPO Shout Out

I don’t want this month’s Shout Outs to get lost in the holiday shuffle of office parties, vacation days, and last-minute lunch-hour shopping trips so I’m bringing it to you a week early.  Consider it an early present from your favorite SHPO!

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December 14, 2016
by Douglas McLearen
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The Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force 2015-2016

In May of 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed 48 people to serve on the newly-created Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, which was charged with creating a set of recommendations for responsibly guiding the extraction and transportation of natural gas in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the recommendations was to suggest best practices that would avoid or lessen environmental, community and cultural resources impacts and address safety issues.  Below is the who, what, when, where, and how of this task force, the PA SHPO’s role, and the group’s accomplishments.

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December 5, 2016
by Karen Arnold
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What a Difference a Program Makes!

Each year, one of the most meaningful programs of the Commission is the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. With this grant program, the PHMC partners with local communities to address key historic preservation issues. As we found out through our local recent preservation plan community forums, every region of the Commonwealth has its own unique challenges.  Some problems are immense, but we are proud that we are able to partner with local organizations to make inroads with these challenges and find alternatives to demolition of Pennsylvania’s historic resources.

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November 30, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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November’s SHPO Shout Out!

Tis the season to be thankful – after all, Thanksgiving was just last week and more holidays are just around the corner – and I for one have been rattling off a list of all the great places in Pennsylvania that I am thankful for and appreciate.  The SHPO Shout Out, which, btw, turns 1 year old this month, was intended to send out a big thank you in celebration of all the great people and projects that preserve Pennsylvania’s history everyday.  Thank you for all you do to help preserve, protect, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic places and spaces!  Read on to see who gets a Shout Out Thank You this month.  Make sure to let me know who else we should be thanking and recognizing! Continue Reading →