Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

December 22, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Baseline Survey: An Essential Ingredient in Our Preservation Pantry

There are some time-honored recipes in the historic preservation cookbook. The most successful, and dare I say scrumptious, preservation medleys include an essential ingredient – survey. Survey in the historic preservation profession is like the flour in your favorite holiday … Continue reading

Two adults standing next to tall metal marker as third adult claps hands.

November 3, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Uncovering the Susquehannock Village at Lemoyne

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. One way we can learn about indigenous peoples is through archaeology. Archaeology … Continue reading

Large blue and gold metal marker surrounded by people.

July 14, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Preservation Backstory: Emporium’s Sylvania Corporation Marker

The Historical Marker Program is one of the PHMC’s most popular public history programs, and the recently approved nominations prove these aluminum markers dotting our roads and city sidewalks are more than just “history on a stick.” The words cast … Continue reading

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August 26, 2020
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Countdown to PA-SHARE

Anticipation of PA-SHARE has been building among the staff of the PA State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO). We first introduced PA-SHARE to our partners and the public in early 2018.

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March 13, 2019
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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#PreservAtionHappensHere @ Eckley Miners’ Village

An intra-agency effort is underway to plan for the future of PHMC’s Eckley Miners’ Village. In October 2018, the PHMC was awarded a federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support the completion of a strategic plan for Eckley. … Continue reading

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January 2, 2019
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Vision for Preservation in Pennsylvania

In May 2018, as my daughter Josie was putting elementary school behind her, Pennsylvania’s new statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, was released. The plan was developed with a series of guiding principles in mind, engaged thousands of Pennsylvanians, gathered and … Continue reading

November 2, 2016
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Positive Preservation @ PA’s Historic Preservation Awards

The 2016 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards offered me the opportunity to get a break from Harrisburg, away from everyday work, and to see the bigger picture. While traveling south to York for the ceremony blue skies and sunshine beamed through … Continue reading