Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

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January 15, 2020
by Cory Kegerise
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Making #PreservationHappensHere with CLG Grants

The PA SHPO has awarded six communities grants to improve their municipality’s historic preservation program through the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant Program.  These grant funds will allow each of the communities to undertake projects that will advance preservation goals and achieve preservation outcomes in ways that are important to the community.  A total of $120,324 will be distributed to municipalities in Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties for diverse and important preservation projects.

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January 8, 2020
by smassey
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Historic Tax Credits and the Rebirth of Philly’s Metropolitan Opera House

The 1908 Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street is undoubtedly a preservation success story. The Met, as its affectionately called, was recently rehabilitated and reopened with thanks, in part, to the federal historic tax credit program.

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January 1, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Top 10 Posts of 2019

It wouldn’t be New Years without a top 10 recap, and I didn’t want to disappoint you by not giving our faithful readers a recap of their favorite blog.

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December 18, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Testimonials in Pennsylvania’s Preservation Tool Box

One of PA SHPO’s core missions is to educate the commonwealth’s citizens about state and federal historic preservation programs. We can’t do it alone, so we do our best to provide interested citizens, advocates, and partners with the tools to help communicate what historic preservation is and why it matters.

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December 11, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Summer Plans? Be a Keystone Intern!

One of the most important parts of a student’s education is an internship.  It is an opportunity to gain real-life work experience, explore the many different types of things people in the real world do in your field of interest, and build personal and professional relationships that can support you throughout your career. 

We’d like to invite college and graduate school students interested in historic preservation, archaeology, community planning, cultural resources, architectural history, public history, and other related fields to apply to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s (PHMC) Keystone Internship program for their Summer 2020 interning experience. 

This paid, 12-week-long opportunity is an excellent way for you to build your portfolio while helping PHMC and the PA State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) preserve Pennsylvania’s important older and historic places.

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December 4, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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An Architectural Masterpiece: Visiting Founder’s Hall

I have a fascination with historic architecture.  That is what launched me on in my career path.  There is just something about a well-designed building that strikes awe in me.  I feel it when I enter the state Capitol Building here in Harrisburg or when I walk through a quaint Lancaster City neighborhood.  It amazes me that an architect inspires so much with his work. 

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November 27, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Marking Thanksgiving

Knowing I’d need to write a post for Thanksgiving week, I went to my favorite internet search engine and typed in “Thanksgiving and Pennsylvania”.  Among the hundreds of results was one for a Pennsylvania Historical Marker.  Really? We have a marker related to Thanksgiving? 

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November 20, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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And the 2019 Community Initiative Winners are….

Each year, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes the hard work and dedication of outstanding organizations, municipalities, agencies, and individuals whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, with a PA SHPO Community Initiative Award.

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