Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



Large brick building with tall central tower surrounded by grass and mature trees.

July 21, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Welcome, Sewickley! One of Pennsylvania’s New CLGs

The PA SHPO is excited to announce the Borough of Sewickley in Allegheny County has become one of the newest members of Pennsylvania’s Certified Local Government program. There are now 48 CLGs in the Commonwealth; Sewickley is one of only seven in the entire PA SHPO Western Region.

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July 14, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Preservation Backstory: Emporium’s Sylvania Corporation Marker

The Historical Marker Program is one of the PHMC’s most popular public history programs, and the recently approved nominations prove these aluminum markers dotting our roads and city sidewalks are more than just “history on a stick.” The words cast into markers and the marker topics have deep meaning to many Pennsylvanians.

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Artists rendering of rehabilitated Ohringer Building

July 7, 2021
by smassey
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Historic Tax Credits + Artists + Braddock = Preservation Success

There are great examples throughout Pennsylvania – and the country – of historic buildings being repurposed to support, house, and celebrate local and regional arts communities. Two specifically come to mind in Pennsylvania, the GoggleWorks in Reading, Berks County and the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County. The Ohringer Artist Residences in the former Ohringer Home Furniture store 640 Braddock Avenue in Braddock, Allegheny County can now be added to that list.

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June 30, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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What’s New with PA-SHARE

It has been a few months since we last posted any updates and news-you-can-use for PA-SHARE. Since PA-SHARE launched at the end of February, the PA SHPO team has been hard at work helping our users learn this new system, and collaborating with the developers on bugs and improvements.

A huge thank you to everyone who has been patient while we transition to PA-SHARE and willing to learn it with us!

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June 23, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: Resources for LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Pennsylvania

June is Pride Month and an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and support LGBTQ+ communities. This week’s post is another in our “Resource Round-Up” series, which we occassionally publish during important months as a guide to learning more about the older and historic places and spaces in Pennsylvania that reflect that month’s theme. This one highlights just some sources related to LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

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House surrounded by scaffolding in a garden.

June 16, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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Safety: A Priority for all creatures at these Keystone Grant sites

I was surprised earlier this spring when Mary Sorenson, Executive Director of the Centre County Historical Society notified me that their Keystone-funded roof replacement at the Centre Furnace Mansion was delayed.  Of course, delays are commonplace for many of our grant projects for a myriad of reasons:  structural failures, scheduling conflicts or fundraising challenges.

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June 9, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Success in All Shapes and Sizes

Last month, we asked Pennsylvanians to send us their #PreservationHappensHere Preservation Success Stories using PA-SHARE to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. We enticed them with prizes! And we received many great submissions, making our campaign its own success story!

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June 2, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Rehabilitated Mott Street Bridge Reconnects Milford and the Delaware River National Recreation Area

Driving along East Harford Street in Milford, a compact borough in Pike County nestled between National Historic Landmark Grey Towers and National Park Service’s Delaware River National Recreational Area, it is easy to miss Mott Street.

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May 26, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka

Continuing our theme of Preservation Success Stories this Preservation Month, we’ll feature short interviews with our 2020 Community Initiative Award winners for the next few weeks.

Last but certainly not least is the Society to Preserve the Millvale Muarls of Maxo Vanka (or SPMMMV for short).

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May 19, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc.

Continuing our theme of Preservation Success Stories this Preservation Month, we’ll feature short interviews with our 2020 Community Initiative Award winners for the next few weeks.

Next in line is Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc., which leads economic development and revitalization activites for Waynesboro, Franklin County’s downtown commercial district.

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