Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office



This photograph shows a two-story brick house in downtown York as the home of the Goodridge Center.

December 6, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Spotlight: William C. Goodridge Freedom Center Keystone Grant

Leveraging local dollars to support important historic preservation initiatives is one of the key facets of the PHMC’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. Continue Reading →

This image shows a two-story brick house with mansard roof.

November 29, 2017
by Pamela Reilly
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The Second Empire Strikes Back

Perhaps no architectural style has been more cruelly reinterpreted in the modern era than the classy and distinctive French Second Empire style (also called the Mansard style). Continue Reading →

This photograph shows four students clearing dirt from an archaeological site.

November 22, 2017
by Steven McDougal
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Centre County’s Hatch Site

This past summer I had the opportunity, along with other members of the PA SHPO, to visit an archaeological field school underway in State College. It’s not often I get away from my desk, so it was a nice chance to get out in the field and get my hands dirty helping to screen soil, even if just for a day or two. The field school was run as a coordinated effort by the Juniata College Cultural Resource Institute and the PennDOT Highway Archaeological Survey Team (PHAST) at the James W. Hatch Site (36Ce544). Continue Reading →

November 15, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context: Update on Historic At-Risk Properties Initiative

Historic resources inform citizens of their unique local heritage, cultural identity, and the origins of their community.  They are the corner stones of our built environment and they provide a “sense of place”. In the aftermath of a disaster, these buildings, structures, objects, and sites are often associated with the very memories and connections that a community needs to begin to rebuild. Continue Reading →

November 1, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Preservation PA Calls for “Pennsylvania At Risk” Nominations!

Is there a local landmark you’ve got your eye on, wondering how much longer it will last without someone doing something? Well, now you can be the someone who can help change the fate of the place! The deadline to submit a nomination to the Pennsylvania At Risk list is November 13, 2017. Continue Reading →

October 25, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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How Humanities-Based Community Development Can Foster a More Democratic Future

What role can the humanities play in community development– and how can they foster a more democratic future for small towns and cities across America? Continue Reading →

October 18, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Shipwrecks? In Pennsylvania? PASST tells us all about them

It had been blowing hard from the east and the red sky on the July morning of 2013 did not concern Presque Isle lifeguard Darren Reading as he headed out for a group swim off the shore of the beach. Continue Reading →