Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Author: Jeremy R. Young

Jeremy R. Young is the Project Manager for Disaster Planning and Hurricane Sandy Recovery at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation. He is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and recently returned to the Keystone State from Portland, Oregon, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (with a specialization in Regional Economic Development) and a graduate certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in Geospatial Applications.

Changing the Tide with Disaster Planning

What new challenges will preservationists face over the next 50 years?  It’s clear that the impacts on historic places by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other recent tropical storms, combined with growing international concern about rising sea levels, has started to “change the tide” and bring a new focus to preservation professionals.  In April and June 2016,  national and international experts in historic preservation, climate change, emergency management, architecture, and planning gathered in three U.S. states to participate in a series of “firsts” to address the threats facing the nation’s historic coastal and riverine (meaning ‘situated or dwelling beside a river’) communities from flooding and climate change. Continue reading

Preservation Partnerships: Working Together To Save Historic Resources From Natural Disasters

We all know that partnerships, collaboration, and teamwork are critical in the effort to identify, preserve, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s historic resources.  One such partnership in Philadelphia will help protect the city’s historic places and spaces from the devastating damage caused by natural disasters. Continue reading

‘Disaster Planning for Historic Properties’ Exhibit Debuts at the PA State Association of Township Supervisors Conference

Staff from the PA State Historic Preservation Office were on location at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ (PSATS) 93rd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey, Dauphin County, from April 19-21 to promote the Commonwealth’s new Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative and to convey the importance of considering the impacts of a variety of natural disaster types upon historic resources. Continue reading

Before the (Next) Storm: The Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is pleased to announce that it has begun moving forward on an exciting and historic new initiative to continue through 2017.

Special funding awarded by the National Park Service following Hurricane Sandy has enabled the PA SHPO to assist select counties with prioritizing their communities’ historic properties during the pre-disaster planning process—to help ensure they are better protected the next time a major disaster strikes the Keystone State. Continue reading

2nd Time Around: PaSHPO Accepting Pre-Application Materials for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Grant Program for Historic Properties through October 10

Last call! On September 2, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PaSHPO) began accepting its second and final round of Part 1 submissions for its Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Grant Program for Historic Properties. Submissions will be accepted through October 10. Continue reading

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