Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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Mitigation Spotlight: Section 106 Agreements, January – June 2024

This is part of a biannual blog series highlighting the agreement documents executed by PA SHPO in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations.

Between January 1 and June 30, 2024, PA SHPO has been a signatory to approximately ten (10) Section 106 agreement documents with five different federal agencies as part of consultation for the resolution of adverse effects to historic properties.

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Quarrying our Data for Quarry Districts Part 2: The Updated Hardyston Jasper District

Back in October 2023, we shared a blog highlighting the updates to the Hardyston Jasper District that PA SHPO archaeologists were working on. These updates included reevaluating our PASS data to create and formally designate the NPS/Keeper Eligible Hardyston Jasper District, refine the district’s boundaries from the boundary established in the 1988 report by Anthony and Roberts, and identifying and evaluating sites for inclusion in the Hardyston Jasper District.

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PHMC Announces the 2023-2024 Keystone Grant Awardees

Many of the PA-SHPO’s partners shared my enthusiasm for the 30th anniversary of the Keystone Grant program and submitted a proposal to the grant program in March.

This year’s awardees include 44 projects that showcase the breadth of preservation happening across the Commonwealth. From historic barns and park pavilions to historic theaters and county courthouses, the selected projects highlight the varied historic resources to preserve for future generations.

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PA SHPO is Hiring a PA-SHARE Triage Specialist!

Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists? In this Historic Preservation Specialist role, you will specialize in our online data management and cultural resources GIS tool, the Pennsylvania’s State Historic and Archaeological Resource Exchange (PA-SHARE). If you want to preserve our history with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), this is the job for you!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The deadline to apply has been extended to July 5, 2024. PA SHPO can now work from home except for days when you’ll be out visiting Pennsylvania’s historic places and one day a month in the office with your colleagues in Harrisburg.

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PA SHPO is Hiring a National Register Reviewer!

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register knowledge and experience? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to work as a National Register reviewer, focused on assisting the public with determinations of eligibility and National Register nominations.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The deadline to apply has been extended to July 5, 2024. PA SHPO can now work from home except for days when you’ll be out visiting Pennsylvania’s historic places and one day a month in the office with your colleagues in Harrisburg.

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The Hawk Falls Bridge in Carbon County, PA

“This bridge will triumphantly typify the trail-blazing strategy…” so said Pennsylvania Governor John S. Fine in 1954 about the soon to be constructed Hawk Falls Bridge, finishing with “that took the Pennsylvania Turnpike System across streams of great width and turbulence…and through the rocky cores of mighty mountains.”

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