Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



June 22, 2022
by Noël Strattan
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Paths in PA-SHARE

Back in July 2019, I shared with you the news that our interns had added the information from “Indian Paths of Pennsylvania” by Paul Wallace (1965) into CRGIS. This data set is one of the most frequently requested of the data we show, so I thought I would come back and tell you how to access these in PA-SHARE.

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Stone building with slides sloped to top in a wooded and grassy area.

June 15, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring African American Heritage in Pennsylvania’s DCNR Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania is rife in human history – if you’re in Pennsylvania, consider yourself surrounded with nearly 20,000 years of it! So, it should come as no great surprise that its 121-state park and over 2 million-acre forest system, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are steeped in both natural and human history.

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Fourteen small pieces of painted ceramics.

June 8, 2022
by Justin McKeel
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The Archaeology of a Village Blacksmith Shop

In 1823, a blacksmith named John W. Miller moved into what is now southeastern Blair County with his wife, Mary, and their three-year-old son, James. In their first years there they built their house and a small blacksmith shop along an existing road between Bedford and Rebecca Furnace. They didn’t have neighbors in those early years, but that wouldn’t last long.

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Two story stone house with front porch and three roof dormer windows.

June 1, 2022
by Karen Arnold
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PA-SHPO’s Inaugural Historic Property Inspection Site Visit

Not long ago, PA SHPO announced a new program, the Historic Property Inspection Program to improve communication with between the property owners of some of Pennsylvania’s most significant historic treasures under preservation covenant with our office.

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May 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Wilkes-Barre’s Walkitecture Tour

We conclude our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners in the Diamond City.

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May 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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New PA SHPO Guidelines for Recording Buildings Available

PA SHPO’s Guidelines for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, and a companion worksheet, Worksheet for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, are published to the PHMC website and ready for use.

These guidelines replace the PA SHPO’s How to Complete the Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form guidance from November 2014. The Historic Resource Survey Form, or HRSF, was retired in February 2021. Information about older and historic places, including buildings, landscapes, archaeological sites, and bridges, is now submitted to the PA SHPO through PA-SHARE.  While PA SHPO no longer uses the HRSF, the same information is collected through PA-SHARE.

You can find the Guidelines and Worksheet in the Above Ground Resources and National Register sections of PHMC’s Forms and Guidance webpage and on the Survey Contact and Guidance page:

Please note: These guidelines do not include the technical guidance for entering information about above ground buildings in PA-SHARE. For step-by-step instructions on how to access and use PA-SHARE, please refer to PA SHPO’s tutorial, Adding Above Ground Resources to PA-SHARE.

May 18, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project

This week our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners takes us west to Allegheny County – specifically, the Borough of Wilkinsburg.

The Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, led by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), received one of PA SHPO’s 2021 Community Initiative Awards for bringing a community landmark back to life.

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May 11, 2022
by Frank Grumbine
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Celebrating the Friends of Fort Halifax Park

There are few places that can embody the breadth of Pennsylvania’s narrative like Fort Halifax Park in Dauphin County.

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May 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Preservation Month with the 2021 Community Initiative Award Winners

What better time of year than National Historic Preservation Month to announce the latest round of PA SHPO’s Community Initiative Award winners. This year’s projects and recipients showcase a range of preservation success stories, demonstrating the power of perseverance, collaboration and partnership.

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Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

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