Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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

February 17, 2021
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.

Large black wood sign with gold letters.

February 10, 2021
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Historic Eden Cemetery: Preserving Memory and Protecting Legacy

The creation of Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Delaware County was a collaborative effort by African Americans to provide a sanctuary in the Philadelphia area where African Americans could be buried with dignity and respect.

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

December 16, 2020
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Surveying Western Pennsylvania Communities

With support from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office, this summer, a team from ASC Group, Inc. and Aurora Research Associates, LLC undertook a community survey project in the Beaver and Monongahela river valleys in western Pennsylvania.

November 4, 2020
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Should I go left or right at the next historical marker?

There are only so many times I could run to the Race Street Pier or the Art Museum steps… I needed my next destination.

Metal truss bridge over water.

October 28, 2020
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Preserving York County’s Hull Drive Bridge

As the air becomes a little brisker over the last few days, the chill enhances visual clues that autumn has officially arrived. Leaves slowly change from their summer greens to vivid Fall oranges, browns, and reds.

June 3, 2020
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We will bounce back in Emmaus

When the PA SHPO asked me to write a blog entry about what place I am most looking forward to reconnecting with after we settle into the Lehigh Valley’s “new normal,” I thought about the recent conversation I had with … Continue reading

May 27, 2020
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Vietnamese History in Pennsylvania

In addition to being National Historic Preservation Month, May is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the perfect time to share this story by PA SHPO’s 2019 Keystone Intern, Yen Ho. Yen is a Vietnamese American from southeast Pennsylvania who, in … Continue reading