Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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July 29, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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No More Penn Pilot for Historical Aerial Photos!

PA SHPO recently learned that the Penn Pilot website for historical aerial photographs will be taken offline in the near future. Two new online websites offer free access to these photographs, so update your bookmarks!

We know many of you make use of this data, as do our staff members, for all types of survey, research, and documentation projects – particularly projects involving farms, transportation, and large-scale landscapes.

June 14, 1958 aerial showing farm, fields, and roads.

Because Penn Pilot is built on outdated technology, Penn State is finding it more difficult to find the resources to keep it running, especially when there are alternative sites where users can acquire the same Penn Pilot imagery.

Here are two alternatives to the Penn Pilot website:

PASDA Imagery Navigator

PennPilot data can be identified and downloaded through the PASDA Imagery Navigator located at https://maps.psiee.psu.edu/ImageryNavigator/ 

Landing page for PASDA Imagery Navigator

You’ll see the approximate display tile indexes available near the bottom of the “Display Tile Index” scrolling menu. 

Right-clicking anywhere on the map will bring up the PASDA Download Links box for that location.

Historical Aerial Viewer

PASDA staff has also completed the Historical Aerial Viewer application at https://datacommons.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=10af5f75f9f94f01866359ba398cb6a9

Landing page for the Historical Aerial Viewer application

This application also has links to all of the PennPilot historical imagery eras.  A nice thing about this application is that the user can view the approximate location of links on the map from all eras at the same time.

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

Its time to highlight six more properties in Pennsylvania that have been recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places!  

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July 22, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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Finding Meaning in Stone

Nothing excites the imagination like an unanswered question, and since spring I’ve been exploring a little-recognized mystery here in Pennsylvania. 

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July 17, 2020
by PHMC
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PHMC’s Plan to Evaluate Historical Markers

The Pennsylvania Historical Marker program has been in existence for more than 100 years.  There are currently over 2,500 historical markers in the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s (PHMC) inventory. Over 125 of the markers in that inventory are bronze plaques installed by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission (PHC), PHMC’s predecessor, between 1913 and 1933.

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July 15, 2020
by John Gardosik
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Documenting Historic Flood-Prone Communities in Central Pennsylvania

Over the last year, architectural historians and survey engineers with Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group have been documenting historic properties and communities in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties.

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July 6, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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FYI: PA SHPO’s Updated Project Review Form!

The PA SHPO has recently updated its project review form. Please updated any downloaded or bookmarked forms.

You can find the new form on PHMC’s website here: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/About/Documents/SHPO%20Project%20Review%20Form_Digital%20Submission.pdf

Updates include:
Reminders!
  • All initial project submissions must be submitted via email to the PA SHPO’s Project Review resource account.  Please continue to follow the process for emailing submissions outlined here: 
    https://pahistoricpreservation.com/shpo-environmental-review-continuity-operations/
  • Initial project submissions must include two separate PDFs: one for the Project Review Form and one for the attachments.
  • Applicants should only contact reviewers directly for existing projects after consultation has been initiated and a PA SHPO Environmental Review number assigned.

PA SHPO will return Project Review Forms that are submitted incorrectly or incomplete.

Please note:

This form and the email submission process will remain in place until PA-SHARE comes online early next year.

July 1, 2020
by smassey
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Hollidaysburg’s Canal Era Houses

With the help of the federal and state historic tax credits, a local team gives the 1847 Canal Houses 1 & 2 in Hollidaysburg, Blair County a third lease on life as retail and commercial space in the borough’s historic downtown.

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June 24, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PA SHPO’s Andrea MacDonald

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.

Today’s Spotlight: Andrea MacDonald

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June 22, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: Easton Main Street Initiative’s Kim Kmetz

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.

Today’s Spotlight: Kim Kmetz

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