Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

March 2, 2022
by allidavis
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What’s New in 2022 with Pennsylvania’s Historical Marker Program

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites individuals, public agencies, and private organizations to nominate historic people, properties, events, or innovations with statewide or national significance for PHMC’s State Historical Marker Program. Meet the new coordinator, learn more about … Continue reading

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February 2, 2022
by Casey Hanson
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Reinterpreting the Underground Railroad: The Sherman’s Dale Discharge Former Slaves’ Graves Site

In my short time as an archaeologist working in southeast Pennsylvania, I’ve learned that every basement, crawl space, and root cellar older than 1860 was at one time, a stop on the Underground Railroad (UGRR).  This of course is not … Continue reading

January 27, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Join the PA SHPO as a 2022 Keystone Summer Intern

Are you exploring the field of historic preservation and looking for some real-world experience? The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Internship Program provides opportunities to pursue your professional growth and contribute to sharing Pennsylvania’s rich heritage with the public. … Continue reading

January 26, 2022
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! August – December 2021

We have an interesting mix of National Register recent listings to bring you for this installment of “Just Listed”.  We’ve got an African American YMCA, a few interesting industrial properties making everything from jute cordage to furniture to yarn, a … Continue reading

January 19, 2022
by Jenna Solomon
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Julius Rosenwald and the African American YMCAs of Pennsylvania

American philanthropist Julius Rosenwald is best known for his work in the rural South in the early 20th century building schools for African American children.  Before his 1917 fund changed the face of education and race in the country, he … Continue reading

December 22, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Baseline Survey: An Essential Ingredient in Our Preservation Pantry

There are some time-honored recipes in the historic preservation cookbook. The most successful, and dare I say scrumptious, preservation medleys include an essential ingredient – survey. Survey in the historic preservation profession is like the flour in your favorite holiday … Continue reading

October 6, 2021
by Casey Hanson
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Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania – 2021 Version

October is Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!  Every October, events and programs are held across Pennsylvania to celebrate the commonwealth’s deep past. 

July 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! February- July 2021

Since our last Just Listed! update at the end of January, thirteen more historic resources have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places!

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February 10, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Historic Eden Cemetery: Preserving Memory and Protecting Legacy

The creation of Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Delaware County was a collaborative effort by African Americans to provide a sanctuary in the Philadelphia area where African Americans could be buried with dignity and respect.

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January 13, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Kicking Off PA SHPO’s Baseline Survey Effort

PA SHPO is kicking off a three-year effort to collect baseline survey information about thousands of older and historic places across a huge part of Pennsylvania.