Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

May 11, 2022
by Frank Grumbine
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Celebrating the Friends of Fort Halifax Park

There are few places that can embody the breadth of Pennsylvania’s narrative like Fort Halifax Park in Dauphin County.

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May 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Preservation Month with the 2021 Community Initiative Award Winners

What better time of year than National Historic Preservation Month to announce the latest round of PA SHPO’s Community Initiative Award winners. This year’s projects and recipients showcase a range of preservation success stories, demonstrating the power of perseverance, collaboration … Continue reading

April 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Meet the New PA SHPO Staff!

Since the last time I officially welcomed our new SHPO staffers, three new colleagues have joined our team. We are very excited to have Megan McNish and Frank Grumbine as the new Eastern and Central Region Community Preservation Coordinators and … Continue reading

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April 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! Join our Team as a Review Archaeologist

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to serve as a Review Archaeologist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a detail oriented and flexible preservation professional … Continue reading

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 9, 2022
by Taylor Napoleon
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A Look at the PASS Year: The 2021 Annual PASS Report

It’s that time of the year again! Time to report and reflect on another successful year of archaeological site recording efforts throughout Pennsylvania. In 2021, over 300 new archaeological sites were recorded by cultural resource management (CRM) projects, independent and … 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

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

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November 3, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Uncovering the Susquehannock Village at Lemoyne

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. One way we can learn about indigenous peoples is through archaeology. Archaeology … Continue reading