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Author: Serena Bellew

A native of London, England, Serena grew up living in France, England and the United States. With fifteen years experience in Section 106 and Federal Cultural Resources Management, Serena has worked both the State and Federal side of preservation. Serena began her career at the Georgia SHPO, then moved to the United States Army Reserve and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, before returning to the State level in December 2013 as the Director, and Deputy SHPO for Pennsylvania.

UPDATE: SHPO Research Room Policy Change

UPDATE – Effective May 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the update to our Archive and Research Room User Policy is now complete! Our Research Room Policy is now aligned with the procedures and rules of the Pennsylvania State Archives. We encourage you to review these changes by visiting our website and downloading the revised Archive and Research Room User Policy:

The Research Room User Policy has been updated to include changes such as additional guidance to researchers on the use of modern technologies (such as cell phones and scanners) in the Research Room as well as an increase in the photocopy fee. The per-copy fee for photocopies, as of May 1, 2015 will increase from $0.25 to $0.50. This fee increase will bring our Archive and Research Room fees in line with the fees of the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Please look for news on future updates in our monthly newsletter and on our website at .


Previous Announcement

For those who utilize the Report and Research Archives at the Bureau for Historic Preservation office in Harrisburg, you will notice that we have been working hard behind the scenes to make improvements within our archive files with the goal of enhancing the quality and ease of your research. Within the last year we have reorganized and consolidated several of the physical files, and will be continuing these efforts into the future. In addition to the physical changes to our archive we have also been working on updates to our Archive and Research Room User Policy, which provides the basis for how research is conducted in our archive.

The first change to be implemented will be how our office collects payment for photocopies made during your research visit. Beginning February 1, 2015 researchers visiting the SHPO/BHP Report and Resource Archive will be required to pay for all copies made during that visit by check before their departure.

We are confident that these improvements to the SHPO/BHP Report and Resource Archives will ultimately result in a better, more efficient and productive research experience. Please look for updates on future changes in our monthly newsletter and on our website.

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