Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

November 17, 2021
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“Instruction Thorough; Situation Delightful.”

Advertisements for Tuscarora Academy continued to use this phrase more than 50 years after the school was established in 1836. Located in the quaint hamlet of Academia, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, the Tuscarora Academy was a premier 19th century secondary educational … Continue reading

October 27, 2021
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Precious Metal Preservation: the Lift

Nestled amongst the oak-covered hills of rural northwest Pennsylvania until very recently sat an iron artifact from a bygone era. Built in 1876 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, this elegant, metal arch structure is what is … Continue reading

October 20, 2021
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 2

In last week’s post, we introduced you to this past summer’s Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Dauphin County. This week, we’ll tell you about the “major discovery” we hinted at last week!

October 13, 2021
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 1

On our first day at our field school in archaeology, we searched through the soil for mountain peaks: or rather, mountain peak-shaped rocks. That’s the tip we were given for finding flakes -fragments of stone produced by Native American flintknapping.

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September 15, 2021
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Drone Imagery and Geographic Information Systems for Historic Preservation

The intersection of technology and historic preservation is nothing new as the field has embraced new and different ways to engage with people, diagnose issues in buildings, and find long-buried archaeological sites.  This week’s post by Christine Musser of the … Continue reading

Stacked packages wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.

August 4, 2021
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The Mystery at Rodef Shalom

Last year in what was entirely a stroke of good fortune, Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh was awarded a Keystone Construction grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission to replace the sewer system that runs under our Henry Hornbostel-designed … Continue reading

Large brick building with tall central tower surrounded by grass and mature trees.

July 21, 2021
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Welcome, Sewickley! One of Pennsylvania’s New CLGs

The PA SHPO is excited to announce the Borough of Sewickley in Allegheny County has become one of the newest members of Pennsylvania’s Certified Local Government program. There are now 48 CLGs in the Commonwealth; Sewickley is one of only … Continue reading

June 2, 2021
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Rehabilitated Mott Street Bridge Reconnects Milford and the Delaware River National Recreation Area

Driving along East Harford Street in Milford, a compact borough in Pike County nestled between National Historic Landmark Grey Towers and National Park Service’s Delaware River National Recreational Area, it is easy to miss Mott Street.

March 3, 2021
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Virgil Cantini: Saving Cantini’s Mosaics

Last week’s blog post introduced the life and work of artist Virgil Cantini and highlighted the vulnerable position of postwar public art objects and installations, which often require special expertise to understand and articulate their significance for preservation.  This week’s … Continue reading

February 24, 2021
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors … Continue reading