Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Author: Tom Held

Tom Held worked in the CRGIS section of the PA SHPO. He maintained the Archaeological Site files and Archaeological reports. He has a BA in Anthropology/ Archaeology with a minor in Geography/ GIS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in the Preservation and Cultural Resource Management fields as an archaeologist and Historic Preservation Specialist.

Community Preservation Workshop in Altoona September 18th

Altoona Cultural Resources Essentials Focus: Community Preservation Workshop


Where: Altoona Heritage Discovery Center 1421-1427 12th Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601

When: Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9AM–4PM
Partners: Allegheny Ridge Corporation

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s Bureau of Historic Preservation

Preservation PA

Sponsor: Middle PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (MPCAIA)
Cost: Free admission for the general public

$60 for AIA architects seeking CES credit

Lunch: Provided for paying attendees

$10 for the general public

RSVP: Please email by NOON Monday, September 15th

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Community Preservation Workshop in Erie – June 20

Event will feature experts from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Preservation Pennsylvania

Erie Community Preservation Workshop FlyerPreservation Erie and the Erie County Historical Society are collaborating to present an Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Mission Main Street workshop. The event will take place June 20, 2014, from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street, Erie, Pa. Event updates and RSVP details are available under the Events tab on Preservation Erie’s website.

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Offbeat Outings: Vandergrift

Offbeat Outings is a bi-monthly series that highlights the travels of BHP staff as they experience history first-hand throughout Pennsylvania.

When some people plan to go on an historic vacation they think of places to visit like the Egyptian pyramids at Giza, Colonial Williamsburg, Stonehenge, or even Gettysburg. When I think of an historic vacation, I think about going home. Continue reading

The Agricultural History Project: Agricultural Regions Map

Did you know that the Lehigh Valley was once a major producer of potatoes? Or that Tioga County had a robust tobacco-growing industry? Or that Southwestern Pennsylvania was known for its sheep farms? The list of agricultural products grown and produced in Pennsylvania over the past 300 years is as long and diverse as the state is large. When you put all of these pieces of information on a map, some very interesting and unexpected patterns emerge, and these patterns have a lot to tell us about why our agricultural buildings and landscapes look the way that they do. Continue reading

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