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Large stone mansion.

July 18, 2018
by Barbara Frederick
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Intern Insights: CRM @ Ridley Creek State Park

A significant part of any good management plan is an understanding of the significance of identified resources.  This summer we are looking at resources in Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County. Continue Reading →

July 11, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#PreservAtionhappenshere!

How does the old saying go? Do you see the glass half empty or is the glass half full?  At times we are all prone to thinking that the glass is half empty – particularly because it often feels like we are in an uphill battle when it comes to historic preservation. We are going to try and change that with #preservationhappenshere! Continue Reading →

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July 3, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Special Announcement! Online Data Entry & Project Review Forms

July 2nd is the day we start doing things a little bit differently here at the PA SHPO: online data entry and required project review forms!

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Here is what we first announced in our April 4, 2018 blog:

Electronic, aka online, data entry is one of the ways in which we are changing how we do business in order to prepare for PA-SHARE, our new enterprise-wide, spatially enabled, cultural resource information system that is expected to be live by December 2019.

As part of our efforts to “model the work” in advance of PA-SHARE, effective July 2, 2018, submitters will be required to electronically enter resources into CRGIS for all Above Ground Environmental Review submissions that have the potential to affect ten (10) or more newly identified historic resources.  A few things to note with this:

  • Currently, submitters with large scale surveys (ten or more historic resources) as part of their projects are strongly encouraged to use the online data entry.  After July 2, this will be required and paper forms and reports will not be accepted.
  • Submitters sending in projects with fewer than ten (10) newly identified historic resources are strongly encouraged to use the CRGIS online data entry but will not be required to do so.
  • This process cannot be used for additional information requests or previously identified resources.

Also, the Interim Guidelines for Above Ground Environmental Review are now published and available for you to use!

As we move toward PA-SHARE, these interim guidelines are intended to supplement Chapter 6. Compliance Investigations and Chapter 7. Report Standards of the Guidelines for Architectural Investigations in Pennsylvania, 2014.  They should also be used in conjunction with any other relevant guidelines, including but not limited to Survey Guidelines for Pipeline Projects Above Ground Resources, June 2013 and Guidelines for Projects with Potential Visual Effects, September 2014.

The interim guidelines focus specifically on Project Initiation, Identification, and Evaluation efforts and associated reporting procedures, including a sample Identification report for review.  In addition as part of these efforts, the Project Review Form has been updated so please replace those outdated versions!

June 20, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! PA’s National Register Listings

Your State Historic Preservation Office has been hard at work since our last Just Listed column appeared on this blog. Since that post , the National Park Service has approved over 30 Pennsylvania listings (!) for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Continue Reading →

one story building

June 13, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Hazard Planning in a Historic Context: Part 2 – Taking Action

Last month we talked about how researching a place’s history and physical context factors into hazard planning, and what kinds of building elements are most at risk.  This week’s post focuses on taking action and what can be done to protect historic places and their features. Continue Reading →

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June 6, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Special Announcement! Job Opportunity @ PA SHPO

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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 Historic Preservation Specialist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities across program areas. This position is ideal for a flexible preservation professional with a knowledge of Pennsylvania’s history and federal and state regulations regarding historic resources.  Responsibilities will include environmental review under Section 106 and the History Code, National Register nomination review, determinations of eligibility for the National Register, public meetings, and assisting with implementing the SHPO’s education and training program.

For more information, please visit the PA job opportunities website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau?keywords=historic.

Application deadline is June 22, 2018.

 

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June 6, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO ITQ contract – NOW OPEN for pre-qualification

The PA SHPO is happy to announce the opening of a new Preservation Services ITQ contract for future consulting opportunities with the PA SHPO.  We are inviting consultants to pre-qualify and be notified of upcoming bids for the exciting work we do. 

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The purpose of the SHPO Preservation Services ITQ is to qualify responsible and responsive Contractors to provide the State Historic Preservation Office with a full range of historic preservation services on an as-needed basis (including, but not limited to historic preservation, archaeology, planning, GIS, and other technical services), for various municipalities and countries across the Commonwealth. In addition, Local Public Procurement Units, as defined by the Commonwealth Procurement Code, may use this contract in accordance with the COSTARS Provision contained in this document.

General Supplier Information:

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Preservation Services – PHMC only

Contact: Lisa Burchfield, liburchfie@pa.gov or 717.705.0557

If you have technical issues, please contact the Supplier Service Center.

 

June 6, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Month recap

At the beginning of May, I promised we’d provide a recap of the #31for31 social media campaign to celebrate Preservation Month across Pennsylvania.  If you missed a post on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed, no worries! You can see it, and the rest of the month’s content, right here.  Don’t miss the big announcement covered in the May 31st post! Continue Reading →