Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

April 11, 2018
by Karen Galle
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What do Slinky, the Wizard of Oz, poinsettas, and a Rev War personality have in common?

You win the prize if you said, “They will all have historical markers in PA!”.  The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 16 new historical markers! This year’s selections deliver another eclectic mix of pop culture, military, African American, film, … Continue reading

February 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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4 places; 635 years of Pennsylvania’s history

Each year, the statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania puts out a call for nominations to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, made up of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. In 2018, four remarkable places that are part of … Continue reading

February 7, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Studying African American history in Pennsylvania

February is national African American history month.  All over the country, communities are discovering, celebrating, and acknowledging the places that tell the stories of African American history and experience.  This is the perfect time for us to talk about one … Continue reading

This photograph shows a two-story brick house in downtown York as the home of the Goodridge Center.

December 6, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Spotlight: William C. Goodridge Freedom Center Keystone Grant

Leveraging local dollars to support important historic preservation initiatives is one of the key facets of the PHMC’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program.

June 14, 2017
by Karen Galle
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2017’s Newly Approved Markers

I am happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 18 new historical markers! As you’ll see from the list below, over half of the approved subjects are for markers in Philadelphia County. The Marker Program … Continue reading

July 13, 2016
by April Frantz
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Celebrating African American History at Carver Court

As part of our Preservation50 activities during this milestone year, we’d like to share some stories we think showcase the people and projects that celebrate, protect, and promote important pieces of Pennsylvania’s heritage.  The first story we want to share … Continue reading

March 30, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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March’s SHPO Shout-Out!

Question: What do a Georgian country estate, an African American Methodist Church, the Whiskey Rebellion, and Chester County all have in common? Stumped? Can’t think of an answer? Then you’re not paying attention! It’s the last Wednesday of the month, … Continue reading

March 23, 2016
by Karen Galle
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New Historical Markers Approved

Great news for fans of Pennsylvania’s beloved blue and gold markers – there are going to be more of them soon!  At the March 9th meeting, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 23 new historical markers.  Many of … Continue reading