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February 26, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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YOUR Archaeological Site Survey: a Shout-Out to 2019 PASS Contributors

The PHMC has been a steward of archaeological site information in Pennsylvania since the late 1920s. 

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February 19, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Of Paper and Parks: A Varied History of Mount Holly Springs

This week’s post about Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County is the third in our series about the Tri-County Survey for PA SHPO’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. In previous posts, we wrote about Lykens, Dauphin County and Blain, Perry County.

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February 12, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: PHMC’s Resources for Studying Pennsylvania’s African American History

In honor of national African American history month, I thought I would give our readers a glimpse into a few of the resources PHMC has to help study African American historic places in Pennsylvania.

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February 6, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey is seeking an Intern!

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking an archaeological research intern to work with the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS) program. 

This will be an exciting opportunity to conduct research about the history of survey in Pennsylvania, conduct site documentation projects, and work with SHPO archaeologists to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological heritage.

2019 intern Doug Riethmuller and Paul Nevin, Zimmerman Center for Heritage, investigate a 20th century petroglyph in the Michaux State Forest.

Project Description:

The PA SHPO is expanding the activities of the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS), which serves as Pennsylvania’s official inventory of recorded archaeological sites.  Program activities include:

  • expanding the site inventory through proactive survey;
  • raising awareness about site recording and archaeology among various groups and agencies; and
  • working with new and existing partners to document Pennsylvania’s archaeological heritage.  

The purpose of this internship is to support ongoing activities conducted by the PASS program and to explore options for the future growth of the program.  Work will include:

  • research and writing with an opportunity to co-author an article for publication;
  • adding archaeological site data to CRGIS; and
  • participating in archaeological site visits and outreach opportunities.

For more information about the project and how to apply visit https://www.paheritage.org/events/archaeological-research-intern-2020.html and download the PDF document at the bottom of the page.

Please note: The position pays $16.66 per hour, and applications must be received by Friday, February 14, 2019.

February 5, 2020
by Karen Arnold
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Walking the Harrisburg Historic District

Did you know that the first American Heart Month took place in February of 1964, over two years before the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966? 

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January 29, 2020
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! January 2020

2019 was a BIG year for the National Register program in Pennsylvania.  Since our last update, 16 listings have been added or updated.

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January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

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January 15, 2020
by Cory Kegerise
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Making #PreservationHappensHere with CLG Grants

The PA SHPO has awarded six communities grants to improve their municipality’s historic preservation program through the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant Program.  These grant funds will allow each of the communities to undertake projects that will advance preservation goals and achieve preservation outcomes in ways that are important to the community.  A total of $120,324 will be distributed to municipalities in Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties for diverse and important preservation projects.

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January 8, 2020
by smassey
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Historic Tax Credits and the Rebirth of Philly’s Metropolitan Opera House

The 1908 Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street is undoubtedly a preservation success story. The Met, as its affectionately called, was recently rehabilitated and reopened with thanks, in part, to the federal historic tax credit program.

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January 1, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Top 10 Posts of 2019

It wouldn’t be New Years without a top 10 recap, and I didn’t want to disappoint you by not giving our faithful readers a recap of their favorite blog.

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