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Call for Nominations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board

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The nominating committee of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board is seeking letters of interest and resumes from potential Board candidates. 

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board serves as an advisory committee to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) for preservation policy in the commonwealth.

Group of people standing outside in forest.
The Board at the October 2019 meeting. From left: Lynne Calamia, PhD. (Philadelphia), Sue Hannegan (Mill Hall), Christine Ussler, AIA (Bethlehem), Megan Tooker (Bellefonte), Lindsay Varner, Ph.D. (Carlisle), Angelique Bamberg (Pittsburgh), Katherine Wyrosdick, AICP (Erie), Jayashree Shamanna (Scranton), Ben Ford Ph.D., RPA (Indiana), Johnette Davies (Philadelphia), and John Conti (Pittsburgh). Board members missing from the photo are Rob Armstrong (Philadelphia), Ira Beckerman, PhD (New Cumberland), Jane Sheffield (Altoona), and Cara Halderman (Pittsburgh).

The Board also works with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) to review all proposed nominations from Pennsylvania to the National Register of Historic Places at three public meetings each year. The National Register is the official list of the Nation’s historic places.  The PA SHPO manages this federal program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Board’s fifteen members are nominated by the Commission with the approval of the Governor’s Office, and include individuals with expertise in history and pre-history, architecture, historic preservation, landscape history, architectural history, and related disciplines. 

The Board’s collective knowledge and experience helps shape the Commission’s understanding about the older and historic places in Pennsylvania that are historically significant.   This is a unique and important responsibility. 

Additional information about the Board can be found here: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/National-Register/Pages/Preservation-Board.aspx.

Membership on the Board includes a commitment to review National Register nominations prior to the three (3) annual Board meetings, which are typically held the first Tuesday of February, June, and October, in Harrisburg (when in person meetings are possible).  Currently meetings are being held virtually. 

A term is two years in length, with a three (3) term limit. Letters of interest and resumes are being accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered when a vacancy occurs.

The commonwealth is committed to creating advisory bodies that are diverse and reflect the interest of the citizens they serve.  We encourage a broad range of candidates to apply.

To submit your qualifications, or if you have any questions about the commitment required, the Board itself, or preservation in Pennsylvania, please contact Elizabeth Rairigh, Preservation Services Division Chief, at erairigh@pa.gov, or 717-705-4035.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for this info — but this group photo speaks for itself — The present board is over dominated by women – There are only two men on the board. Why is this ?? This is not fair. There should always be an equal balance of both men & women on this statewide board. – The next board members should be men to begin to bring this back into gender balance – Enough!!

  2. There is not one Black person on this board. That is totally unacceptable in 2020. Typical of why our history is overlooked and dismissed.

  3. Thank you for your comments on this post. We are committed to diversifying the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board and are seeking candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We welcome any recommendations you have for new members.

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