Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

January 23, 2013
by Erin Hammerstedt
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Pennsylvania At Risk: Twenty-Year Retrospective of Pennsylvania’s Endangered Historic Properties

Preservation Pennsylvania established the annual Pennsylvania At Risk list in 1992, making us the first statewide preservation organization in the United States to have an annual roster of endangered historic properties.  Since 1992, we have listed and worked to preserve … Continue reading

January 23, 2013
by Karen Arnold
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Mark your Calendars – Keystone Grant Applications are due March 1, 2013!

The PHMC is proud to announce that eGrant is open for applications for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program.  Many applications are already started for this immensely popular grant program but it isn’t too late for your community or local-nonprofit … Continue reading

January 16, 2013
by Joe Baker
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Preservation’s Next Generation: PennDOT/PHMC Internships in Cultural Resource Management

If you’ve been to a preservation or archaeology conference lately, you may have found yourself looking out at a sea of grey heads. The generation that began working on public projects in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the initial implementation … Continue reading

January 2, 2013
by Tom Held
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The Agricultural History Project: Agricultural Regions Map

Did you know that the Lehigh Valley was once a major producer of potatoes? Or that Tioga County had a robust tobacco-growing industry? Or that Southwestern Pennsylvania was known for its sheep farms? The list of agricultural products grown and … Continue reading

January 2, 2013
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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The Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project: Researcher’s Guide

The Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project involved a unique partnership among the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Pennsylvania State University with funding from the Federal Highway Administration and the federal Preserve America program.


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January 2, 2013
by Karen Galle
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Scavengers, Markers, and Ice Cream at the PA Farm Show

To celebrate PHMC’s 2012 annual theme “The Land of Penn and Plenty: Bringing History to the Table,” Historical Marker Program staff developed a scavenger hunt featuring markers related to Pennsylvania’s rural and agricultural history for the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

January 2, 2013
by Cory Kegerise
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Uncommon Modern

Most communities in Pennsylvania have at least one bank that looks like a spaceship, or an office building with more glass and metal than brick and stone. The problem is that we often look past these buildings, rather than at them, and by doing that, we’re missing the incredible story they’re telling us about design and culture in the mid 20th Century.


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January 2, 2013
by Jean Cutler
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Sharing What Pennsylvanians Love About Pennsylvania!

It’s a big job to develop a plan to preserve and promote the Commonwealth’s historic resources, because as you know, Pennsylvania is a very big and historic place. To preserve and protect our important history, we need everyone to pitch in. And, this is why I’m sending you this inaugural message about BHP’s latest effort to improve our communication with all of you! I’m hoping that you will be receptive to our messages and that we will hear back from you!



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