Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Metal truss bridge over water and surrounded by trees.

October 26, 2022
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A New Funding Source for Metal Truss Bridges

If you have been following the PA SHPO Blog, then you have probably read about the Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan (Management Plan) and the ongoing effort by PennDOT and the PA SHPO to preserve historic metal truss bridges whenever … Continue reading

Man standing outside next to a machine removing soil.

October 5, 2022
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Meet the Paleo-Digger

October is Archaeology Month! Today’s post by Guest Contributor PennDOT archaeologist Steve McDougal covers using a non-traditional method for field tests: the Paleo-Digger. Every archaeological survey poses different conditions and challenges. For PennDOT’s SR 22/322 safety improvement project in Northern … Continue reading

Line drawing with lines connecting circles on a map of Pennsylvania.

September 14, 2022
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The Underground Railroad in Columbia, Lancaster County

September is International Underground Railroad Month. September was chosen because it is the month that two of the most well-known people associated with the Underground Railroad –  Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass – escaped from slavery.  Today’s post was written … Continue reading

September 7, 2022
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#BeNebby with Doors Open Pittsburgh

Today’s post in one of our Spotlight Series, which showcases places, projects, and people engaged in different kinds of historic preservation activities in Pennsylvania. How many times have you walked past a building in your neighborhood and thought, “Gee, I … Continue reading

August 24, 2022
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Intern Introspect: Agricultural Survey Internship

As my internship with Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Office comes to a close, I want to take the time to reflect on my experiences here. When I began in early June, I was relatively new to the field of historic preservation.

August 17, 2022
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Intern Introspect: MARS Sites Survey Internship

My name is Sarah Hoffeditz, and I spent the first half of this summer gaining unique experiences through my internship at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office in Harrisburg, PA.

August 10, 2022
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Dramatic Finish for Warner Theatre Project

Few buildings are more iconic to downtown Erie than the historic Warner Theatre. At 91-years-old, the luxury movie palace still offers an environment “twice as rich, three times more fanciful than life.”

June 29, 2022
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Reflecting on Year One of the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey

In late 2020, PA SHPO launched an ambitious, large-scale architectural survey called the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey, with a goal of adding approximately 27,000 new resources in 52 different counties over three years. In Year One, over 7,000 new records were … Continue reading

Stone building with slides sloped to top in a wooded and grassy area.

June 15, 2022
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Exploring African American Heritage in Pennsylvania’s DCNR Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania is rife in human history – if you’re in Pennsylvania, consider yourself surrounded with nearly 20,000 years of it! So, it should come as no great surprise that its 121-state park and over 2 million-acre forest system, administered by … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.