Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



May 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Wilkes-Barre’s Walkitecture Tour

We conclude our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners in the Diamond City.

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May 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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New PA SHPO Guidelines for Recording Buildings Available

PA SHPO’s Guidelines for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, and a companion worksheet, Worksheet for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, are published to the PHMC website and ready for use.

These guidelines replace the PA SHPO’s How to Complete the Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form guidance from November 2014. The Historic Resource Survey Form, or HRSF, was retired in February 2021. Information about older and historic places, including buildings, landscapes, archaeological sites, and bridges, is now submitted to the PA SHPO through PA-SHARE.  While PA SHPO no longer uses the HRSF, the same information is collected through PA-SHARE.

You can find the Guidelines and Worksheet in the Above Ground Resources and National Register sections of PHMC’s Forms and Guidance webpage and on the Survey Contact and Guidance page:

Please note: These guidelines do not include the technical guidance for entering information about above ground buildings in PA-SHARE. For step-by-step instructions on how to access and use PA-SHARE, please refer to PA SHPO’s tutorial, Adding Above Ground Resources to PA-SHARE.

May 18, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project

This week our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners takes us west to Allegheny County – specifically, the Borough of Wilkinsburg.

The Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, led by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), received one of PA SHPO’s 2021 Community Initiative Awards for bringing a community landmark back to life.

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May 11, 2022
by Frank Grumbine
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Celebrating the Friends of Fort Halifax Park

There are few places that can embody the breadth of Pennsylvania’s narrative like Fort Halifax Park in Dauphin County.

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May 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Preservation Month with the 2021 Community Initiative Award Winners

What better time of year than National Historic Preservation Month to announce the latest round of PA SHPO’s Community Initiative Award winners. This year’s projects and recipients showcase a range of preservation success stories, demonstrating the power of perseverance, collaboration and partnership.

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April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

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April 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Meet the New PA SHPO Staff!

Since the last time I officially welcomed our new SHPO staffers, three new colleagues have joined our team. We are very excited to have Megan McNish and Frank Grumbine as the new Eastern and Central Region Community Preservation Coordinators and Alli Davis as the new Historical Marker Program Coordinator. I’m also happy to announce Casey Hanson’s promotion!

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April 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a National Register Supervisor

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register experience?  

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking an Historic Preservation Supervisor to coordinate the office’s National Register of Historic Places program.

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April 13, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring the National Road in Western Pennsylvania

As the sun emerges, temperatures rise, and travel restrictions ease, consummate travelers begin to get itchy feet. This spring, the National Road Heritage Corridor invites you to exit the highway and take the time to explore some of Pennsylvania’s nation-shaping history and the historic places along the Historic National Road.

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