Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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May 27, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Vietnamese History in Pennsylvania

In addition to being National Historic Preservation Month, May is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the perfect time to share this story by PA SHPO’s 2019 Keystone Intern, Yen Ho. Yen is a Vietnamese American from southeast Pennsylvania who, in addition to her summer project, helped the PA SHPO learn more about the places important to the Vietnamese-American community and that reflect this underrepresented part of our history.

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May 25, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PA Humanities Council’s Laurie Zierer

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

Today’s Spotlight: Laurie Zierer

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May 22, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: West Chester BID’s Malcolm Johnstone

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

Today’s Spotlight: Malcolm Johnstone

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May 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: Preservation Erie’s Melinda Meyer

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

Today’s Spotlight: Melissa Meyer

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May 15, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: Endless Mountain’s Cain Chamberlin

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

Today’s Spotlight: Cain Chamberlain

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May 13, 2020
by smassey
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From Silk to Toothbrushes at the Kutztown Silk Mill

This historic silk mill in Kutztown, Berks County was recently transformed into the new home of toothbrush manufacturer, Radius, thanks to the federal and state historic preservation tax credits.

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May 11, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PAC’s Ira Beckerman

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

Today’s Spotlight: Ira Beckerman

The next entry in PA SHPO’s #FavoritePAPlaces campaign is Ira Beckerman, President of the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council talking about why the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Schuylkill County is one of his favorite Pennsylvania places.

Yuengling Brewery

Making beer since 1829, the historic Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Schuylkill County holds the honor of being the oldest continuously operating brewery in the country. You can read more about Yuengling’s history in this post.

The Yuengling Brewery complex (Key #078564) was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Share your #FavoritePAPlace

What older and historic places in your community are you looking forward to connecting with again?  Share your answer with us in the comments or email us at mail@pahistoricpreservation.com

Use the hashtags #FavoritePAPlace and/or #PreservationHappensHere and your entry just might be featured, too!

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May 8, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PDC’s Julie Fitzpatrick

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

Today’s Spotlight: Julie Fitzpatrick

The next entry in PA SHPO’s #FavoritePAPlaces campaign is Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center talking about why the Union Meeting House in Marietta, Lancaster County is one of her favorite Pennsylvania places.

Union Meeting House

The Union Meeting House was built in 1818 for all Protestant congregations in Marietta before they each had their own place of worship; it was consecrated in June 1823.

According to the CRGIS record for the Union Meeting House (Key # 082262), the Union Meeting House “is believed to have been the only meetinghouse type church ever erected in Marietta. It is among the later—but not the latest—of all meetinghouse type churches in Lancaster County.” You can read more here.

The Union Meeting House held its last church service in 1976. A few years later it was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The building underwent an exterior and interior restoration campaign in the 1980s. It is now available as community space and for private rentals.

Share your #FavoritePAPlace

What older and historic places in your community are you looking forward to connecting with again?  Share your answer with us in the comments or email us at mail@pahistoricpreservation.com

Use the hashtags #FavoritePAPlace and/or #PreservationHappensHere and your entry just might be featured, too!

May 6, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces for Preservation Month

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

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