This week’s post brings you “5 Things” to know for November and December 2018.  Take a breather from your Thanksgiving holidays and read about new staff, important deadlines, and a fun way to show what you’re thankful for.

PA SHPO Welcomes Jenna Solomon!

Jenna Solomon recently joined the PA SHPO as a Historic Preservation Specialist in the Preservation Services Division.

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Jenna Solomon in Harrisburg, 2018.

Jenna comes to us from the NJ HPO, where she had been working primarily with their environmental review group and an alphabet soup of agencies like FHWA, NJDOT and NJ Transit, FTA, FRA, Amtrak, FDIC, GSA, OCC, USDA, USACE, and USPS (!).  She also has experience with the CLG program and survey efforts.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.

At the PA SHPO, Jenna will be working with the Preservation Services group (which includes the National Register, Community Preservation, and Disaster Planning) as well as the Environmental Review group as the reviewer for HUD programs administered directly by municipalities and counties.  You can reach Jenna at or 717.783.9919.

Historical Marker Nominations Due Soon! – Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holiday season at the PA SHPO means all the usual stuff – parties, presents, and vacations – but it also means its time for Historical Marker applications!

December 1, 2018 is the final date for individuals, public agencies, and private organizations to submit nominations for properties or locations with statewide or national historical significance for consideration in the State Historical Marker Program for 2019.


This marker in Tioga County celebrates the poet and conservationist George Washington Sears’ writings about the Pine Creek Gorge under his pen name “Nessmuk”.

Since 1914, PHMC’s historical markers have chronicled the people, places and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries and is one of the PHMC’s most visible public history initiatives. The more than 2,500 markers feature a multitude of noteworthy subjects such as Native Americans and settlers, government and politics, athletes, entertainers, artists, struggles for freedom and equality, and factories and businesses.  You can browse through the list of recently approved markers in this post from April 2018.

A few things to note…

  • For more information on the marker program or to download a nomination form, visit
  • Applicants are responsible for the costs of marker fabrication and installation. The approximate cost, including shipping, for the larger roadside marker is $2,060; the smaller city-type is approximately $1,620. Nominators or sponsoring organizations are asked to carefully consider these expenses before submitting an application.
  • Inquiries about submitting nominations for evaluation or the marker program in general should be directed to Karen Galle, program coordinator, at the same postal address; by e-mail to; or by telephone at 717-705-4266.
  • Check out November’s webinar (recorded and available on YouTube) to learn more about the Historical Marker program, application basics, and more!

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Nominations should be submitted by December 1, 2018. Send completed nominations to State Historical Marker Program, Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, PHMC, 400 North St., Second Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0053.

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 PA Historic Tax Credit Application Opening Date – Friday December 14, 2018

We have received confirmation from the Department of Community and Economic Development that the opening date for FY 2018-19 PA HTC applications is Friday December 14, 2018. As a first-come, first-served program, we highly recommend that you submit your applications on that date. Program guidelines are available at

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Millworks in Harrisburg used the federal and state historic tax credit programs to rehab this former industrial building into a bar, restaurant, and arts gallery.

If your project has prior federal Part 1 and Part 2 applications submitted to and reviewed by PA SHPO and NPS, you do need to complete the DCED ESA Single application at and complete and upload the PHMC Part 1 and Part 2 application cover sheets to the ESA system. But you do not need to submit supplemental application materials (P1/P2 narrative descriptions, photographs, architectural plans, etc…) as those are on file with our office.

If you have a new project, you must submit a complete Part 1 and Part 2 application for review. If you intend to apply for both the federal and state programs, I strongly recommend that you submit your federal application for review as soon as possible to help expedite your state review in December 2018/January 2019.

For questions about the PA Historic Tax Credit, please contact Scott Doyle at or 717-783-6012.

PA Statewide Conference on Heritage Session Proposals Due Soon! – Monday, December 17

Please join us for “Preservation Summer School 2019” as we dip into questions and concepts from the statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere.  The conference will be held at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Franklin County on June 19 through 21, 2019.

Successful proposals will provide meaningful learning opportunities and should aspire to go beyond a simple narrative or case study of a project. Conference attendees should feel they have gained a new perspective or learned a new approach. Click below for more detailed descriptions of the theme and categories for submission, plus the submission pdf.

Each conference session runs 75-minutes and should help address one of three thought-provoking questions from the state plan (more information below). Sessions may feature a single speaker or two to three speakers and a moderator. All sessions should allow time for audience participation/Q&A.

For more information and to download the submission form, go to

Share what you’re thankful for this holiday season with the #PreservAtionHappensHere hashtag!

Over the next two months, you will likely find yourself out and about a lot enjoying holiday events, travelling to see friends and family, and shopping – hopefully in one of Pennsylvania’s legacy businesses or historic downtowns!.  We know that preservation is happening every day across the commonwealth, and it won’t come to halt during this holiday season!

If you see preservation happening in your community or one you’re visiting, please tell everyone about it by posting it on your social media accounts and using the #PreservAtionHappensHere hashtag.  In this season of being thankful, it’s an easy way to show your gratitude for all the hard work that goes into saving and celebrating Pennsylvania’s older and historic places.

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Here is an example of #preservationhappenshere in action!

And, don’t forget the bonus! Organizations, places, and people who use the hashtag are automatically considered for a 2019 Community Initiative Award!  

Happy Thanksgiving from the PA SHPO!