Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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November 24, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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I went to a Marker Dedication and a Car Show Broke Out

I think it is safe to say that the dedication of the new Pennsylvania Historical Marker for Holbert Racing had the most impressive (and expensive) parking lot that has ever existed at a historical marker dedication.

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November 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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“Instruction Thorough; Situation Delightful.”

Advertisements for Tuscarora Academy continued to use this phrase more than 50 years after the school was established in 1836. Located in the quaint hamlet of Academia, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, the Tuscarora Academy was a premier 19th century secondary educational institution. Thousands of students, from 47 Pennsylvania counties, more than 30 other states, and six countries, traveled to Academia for their college preparatory courses.

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November 15, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring an Eastern PA Community Preservation Coordinator

Are you a preservation professional who is skilled at collaboration, outreach, and technical assistance? Then we want to hear from you!

The Position

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a historic preservation specialist to work as the Eastern Pennsylvania Community Preservation Coordinator.  This position is based out of PHMC’s Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, Montgomery County.

Responsibilities include working with PA SHPO staff and partners to provide technical assistance with municipal preservation programs across a defined region, working with the Certified Local Government program, and coordinating updates of SHPO’s preservation planning guidance.

Description of Work

The Eastern PA Community Preservation Coordinator is responsible for a comprehensive range of technical assistance including delivery of the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s (PA SHPO) programs within a defined region.  

This position regularly collaborates with state and regional partners as well as provides guidance and training to municipalities and local organizations. The Coordinator also has responsibilities under the SHPO PennDOT work plan.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Required Experience, Training & Eligibility

Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, American history, art history, or course work in Pennsylvania history; or

Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Additional Requirements:

  • Meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards, published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61
  • Demonstrate experience in determining the eligibility of resources for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Demonstrate excellent ability working with a team of individuals and independently
  • Experience in outreach and public speaking
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as SHPO’s  PA-SHARE.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Telework

Telework eligible (part-time): You will have the opportunity to work from home (telework) not to exceed 3 days a week. Specific days will be determined by bureau directors according to bureau needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Fort Washington or Harrisburg.

APPLY BY 12/02/2021 11:59 PM Eastern.

External applicants: For complete position description, salary and benefits information, and to apply, visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3307258/eastern-pennsylvania-community-preservation-coordinator?keywords=eastern&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.

Internal (CWOPA) applicants: For complete position description, salary and benefits information, and to apply, visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3309532/eastern-pennsylvania-community-preservation-coordinator?keywords=eastern&pagetype=promotionalJobs.

November 10, 2021
by April Frantz
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The National Cemetery at Indiantown Gap

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, nearly 4.9 million individuals—including Veterans of every conflict, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—are honored by burial in our national cemeteries.

Each year about 15 percent of all eligible Veterans are interred in a national cemetery, while about 5 percent opt for a State, Territorial or Tribal Veterans Cemetery. The national cemeteries’ memorial landscapes convey critical stories about American history and reflect the evolution of our care and commemoration of our military veterans.

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Two adults standing next to tall metal marker as third adult claps hands.

November 3, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Uncovering the Susquehannock Village at Lemoyne

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

One way we can learn about indigenous peoples is through archaeology. Archaeology can help expand the Native American voice beyond what’s written in history textbooks and grow our respect for the people who came before us.

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November 1, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Environmental Review Changes

In an effort to better advise and assist state and federal agencies with their responsibilities under Section 106 and the Pennsylvania History Code, Above Ground Environmental Review is shifting from regional to agency-specific reviews, effective November 1, 2021.

To find the Above Ground reviewer for a particular federal or state agency, please visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/About/Documents/Above%20Ground%20Reviewer%20Agency%20Assignments_November%201%202021.pdf.

Archaeology Environmental Review will continue its regional assignments. To find the Archaeology reviewer for a particular region, please visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Environmental-Review/Pages/Contact-Information.aspx.

October 27, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Precious Metal Preservation: the Lift

Nestled amongst the oak-covered hills of rural northwest Pennsylvania until very recently sat an iron artifact from a bygone era. Built in 1876 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, this elegant, metal arch structure is what is termed, in historical bridge parlance, as a bowstring through-truss.

Originally owned and maintained by Crawford County, it has gone by numerous names over the years, including East Titusville Bridge, Pine Creek Bridge and, more recently, Messerall Road Bridge. Whatever name it goes by, it is now more commonly known for being the last of its kind in western Pennsylvania.

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October 20, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 2

In last week’s post, we introduced you to this past summer’s Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Dauphin County. This week, we’ll tell you about the “major discovery” we hinted at last week!

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October 13, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 1

On our first day at our field school in archaeology, we searched through the soil for mountain peaks: or rather, mountain peak-shaped rocks. That’s the tip we were given for finding flakes -fragments of stone produced by Native American flintknapping.

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October 6, 2021
by Casey Hanson
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Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania – 2021 Version

October is Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!  Every October, events and programs are held across Pennsylvania to celebrate the commonwealth’s deep past. 

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