Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

January 9, 2019
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CRGIS in the Classroom

If you use Pennsylvania’s Cultural Resources GIS (CRGIS) on a regular basis, you already know that it is an invaluable resource for preservation planning and research– a one-stop shop for survey and inventory information on more than 130,000 historic properties across … Continue reading

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November 14, 2018
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The Cornplanter Grant: The Last Native American Settlement in Pennsylvania

Deep in the forests of northwestern Pennsylvania lies a little-known, but incredibly important part of our Country’s early history and our Native American past.  Although now mostly covered by the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir (a body of water created … Continue reading

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November 7, 2018
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Keystone Grant aids Towanda’s Keystone Theatre

The Keystone Theatre’s history has been long and illustrious, highs and lows aside.  The Keystone has the distinction of being the longest continuously operating theatre in NE Pennsylvania at 131 years of age. Her champions have been all of those who … Continue reading

Carved pumpkins

October 31, 2018
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Hobgoblins in the Humanities

Can I tell you about something that gives me chills and sends me running? October is Arts & Humanities Month. It’s also time for Halloween, so when I was invited to submit a post, our friends at SHPO asked if … Continue reading

October 24, 2018
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The Lenticular of Lazy Brook Park: Bridging the Gap between Idea and Execution

It was ten years ago, almost to the day, that I participated in a series of scoping field views for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that involved a brilliant idea to address the needs of two seemingly separate projects.

October 17, 2018
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Change the Outcome: You can make a difference to Pennsylvania’s At Risk places!

Residents of Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County were alarmed to hear that a developer planned to build 65 townhomes in their local historic district.

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October 10, 2018
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Welcome to LGBT History Month

October is national LGBT History Month and Pennsylvania has an important place in the history of the modern LGBT (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender) civil rights movement. One might assume that history only took place in the state’s major population … Continue reading

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September 19, 2018
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5 Things to Do on Pennsylvania’s West Branch Susquehanna Byway

Are you looking for an adventure?  Then take a drive to Clearfield County because Pennsylvania’s West Branch Susquehanna Byway is an adventure that awaits you at every turn. What is a Pennsylvania Byway? The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) established the … Continue reading

August 29, 2018
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The Four Ps: Places, People, Pride and Preservation

Cue those spotlights! Load those confetti cannons! Each year, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards celebrate remarkable preservation work across the state. In a field where the losses are so permanent and can feel so personal, it’s important to take the … Continue reading

August 8, 2018
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The Calamity of Donora, Pennsylvania

As Halloween morning dawned on Donora in 1948, twenty people lay dead while half of the town’s population was sick. Within the next month, fifty more people would die because of the incident and the death rate in the town … Continue reading