Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



July 17, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Getting to Know Mod Betty

Known by legions of her fans as “Mod Betty,” Beth Lennon is a prolific Phoenixville-based travel writer who has been documenting and celebrating roadside architecture, mom-and-pop businesses, and other Americana landmarks for over a decade.

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Two photographs of two wood CCC buildings.

July 10, 2019
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Laurel Hill State Park and HistoriCorps: Partnership for Preservation

In preservation, it is often observed that one of the most promising tactics for the achievement of a “preservation win” is the engagement of as diverse a collection of partners as possible to participate in the project at hand.

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July 9, 2019
by Noël Strattan
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Mapping the Wallace Paths (aka those new red lines on CRGIS)

Recently, you may have noticed a new data set was added to CRGIS and you may be wondering what it is. This new data set appears to be several crisscrossing and winding paths – and they are!

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July 3, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! New National Register Listings in PA

Since our last Just Listed! post, nine resources  have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  You can explore these and other historic properties in Pennsylvania via CRGIS, our online map and database.

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June 26, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with Pennsylvania History

June is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, how far we’ve come in the advancement of equal rights, and to recognize the work that’s yet to be done.

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Houses along street

June 12, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Titusville, Drafting Community-Focused Design Guidelines to Promote Preservation

Design guidelines have long been considered the “level” in the preservation toolbox. 

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June 5, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservationists are flocking to Chambersburg in June

Each year we meet to share and learn at the Statewide Conference on Heritage and to be inspired at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. This year, those two inspiring events combine offering preservation festivities from June 19-21 in Chambersburg. For the first time, we’ll host an all-day Pennsylvania Barn & Farm Symposium.

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

May 29, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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2019 Updates to PA’s Agricultural History Project

This post contains updates  to the statewide agricultural context, also known as the Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project, through May 2019. The updates include the following components which are provided in the document 2019 Updates to PA Agricultural History Project – Additional Guidance for Using Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Context:

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