Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

September 23, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning through Mitigation in Western PA

In spring of 2015, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC (applicant) and the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) concluded consultation after 18 months of discussions under … Continue reading

This photograph shows two late 19th century buildings along a street in Bradford, PA.

April 22, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Supporting Pennsylvania’s Main Streets

As one of PA SHPO’s Community Preservation Coordinators, one of the more heartening things I’ve observed (and participated in) the past few weeks has been the response of many Main Street communities and their partners to the COVID 19 crisis.

August 23, 2017
by Bill Callahan
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CLG Spotlight: Pittsburgh

From Philadelphia (Pop. 1.5 million) to Mercersburg, Franklin County (Pop. 1500) and located in over a third of Pennsylvania counties, the Certified Local Government (CLG) program provides exclusive funding and technical assistance for local governments. This week’s post introduces us to … Continue reading

June 8, 2016
by Bill Callahan
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A Tale of Three Cities: Moon Township

45 communities in Pennsylvania have a formal working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PASHPO) on a variety of preservation-related programs and projects. Known as Certified Local Governments (CLGs) these communities represent a broad geographic, demographic and economic … Continue reading

December 23, 2015
by Bill Callahan
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Spotlight Series: Preservation At Work in Bradford

45 communities in Pennsylvania have a formal working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) on a variety of preservation-related programs and projects. Known as Certified Local Governments (CLGs), these communities represent a broad geographic, demographic and economic … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

October 16, 2013
by Bill Callahan
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Historic Preservation and Outdoor Recreation: The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

There is great societal and cultural value in the preservation of our built heritage; of our historic communities and buildings. Most people understand the cultural value of preserving our history as it is illustrated by historic places. The need to … Continue reading

March 6, 2013
by Bill Callahan
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You Speak and We Listen: Design Assistance for Pennsylvania’s Communities

In response to what we heard from our CLG partners and other constituents, BHP staff decided to see what a community design assistance program might look like. The Bureau set up a pilot project with Gettysburg and Hollidaysburg, both CLGs. With assistance provided by the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh and funded by a small Keystone grant, these projects solicited public input to identify community design needs. The program helped the communities find a qualified design professional to assist in creating preservation-friendly design solutions to problems identified through the public participation process. Continue reading