Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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September 15, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Drone Imagery and Geographic Information Systems for Historic Preservation

The intersection of technology and historic preservation is nothing new as the field has embraced new and different ways to engage with people, diagnose issues in buildings, and find long-buried archaeological sites.  This week’s post by Christine Musser of the West Short Historical Society and Harrisburg University tells the story of how drones were used to document a historic property.

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September 8, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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“A common field one day. A field of honor forever.”

Each person has one event in their lifetime that is so significant that they will say for the remainder of their lives “I remember exactly where I was standing when I heard the news.” An event so significant that it seemed as if time stood still. 

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September 7, 2021
by PHMC
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Historical Marker Program Update

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is making some changes in its state historical marker program.

After a holistic review of the Pennsylvania Historical Marker program, PHMC staff have been working on changes that will improve customer service for users of this popular program, bring the new marker policy and evaluation process into the program cycle, and implement PHMC’s DEIA goals. 

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September 2, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historical Marker and Diversity Coordinator

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is looking for a dynamic person to fill our Historical Marker & Diversity Coordinator position to expand our efforts to identify, document, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s diverse stories, places, and spaces.

This is a great opportunity to work with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking preservationists, historians and archaeologists!

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September 1, 2021
by smassey
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The Gamble on this Mill Paid Off

The Gamble Mill at 160 Dunlap Street in Bellefonte, Centre County, PA was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 1975, as one of the only remaining grain mills in the county and one with surviving original 18th and 19th century spaces and materials.

As the National Register designation makes the building eligible for the Federal and State Historic Tax Credit programs, the current owners developed a reuse plan to save and rehabilitate the historic Gamble Mill.

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August 25, 2021
by Cory Kegerise
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Welcoming Milford to the CLG program!

Travel north along Route 209 through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and you’ll arrive at the Borough of Milford, Pike County. The small town of nearly 1,200 full time residents appears like Brigadoon as you leave the lush forests of the Water Gap and has a long and layered history. Milford is also one of the newest Certified Local Governments in Pennsylvania with a lot of preservation success stories packed into a little place.

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August 18, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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You’ll Dig our New Archaeologists!

I can hear the collective groan at that tired old archaeology joke, but I couldn’t resist. We have four new(-ish) archaeologists on the PA SHPO team and I wanted to officially welcome them with a blog post. I am confident that you’ll enjoy working with them at the PA SHPO just as much as I do.

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August 12, 2021
by Multiple Authors
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PA-SHARE’s Surveyor is Here!

Are you ready to put PA-SHARE in your pocket and start documenting Pennsylvania’s historic places and archaeological sites?

The PA SHPO is pleased to introduce its newest set of tools to conduct both above ground and archaeological survey in Pennsylvania – the PA-SHARE Surveyor suite.

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August 4, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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The Mystery at Rodef Shalom

Last year in what was entirely a stroke of good fortune, Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh was awarded a Keystone Construction grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission to replace the sewer system that runs under our Henry Hornbostel-designed sanctuary. 

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July 28, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historic Preservation Manager

Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists?

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a manager to lead the Environmental Review Division and help advance PA SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a professional with proven relationship-building skills and has broad knowledge of federal historic preservation programs.

This is a PA SHPO leadership position!

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