Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

June 29, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Reflecting on Year One of the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey

In late 2020, PA SHPO launched an ambitious, large-scale architectural survey called the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey, with a goal of adding approximately 27,000 new resources in 52 different counties over three years. In Year One, over 7,000 new records were … Continue reading

September 22, 2021
by April Frantz
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George Nakashima Woodworkers Property, a National Historic Landmark and Source for Inspiration and Peace

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the idyllic George Nakashima Woodworkers property in Solebury Township, Bucks County three times, once for “work” but each time a genuine pleasure, and I will jump at any chance to return. I hope this … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

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.

February 5, 2020
by Karen Arnold
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Walking the Harrisburg Historic District

Did you know that the first American Heart Month took place in February of 1964, over two years before the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966? 

December 21, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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December’s SHPO Shout Out

I don’t want this month’s Shout Outs to get lost in the holiday shuffle of office parties, vacation days, and last-minute lunch-hour shopping trips so I’m bringing it to you a week early.  Consider it an early present from your … Continue reading

May 18, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Community Landmarks in the City of Neighborhoods

By Samantha Kuntz Philadelphia has managed to accrue some significant historic resources over the past, oh, 300 years or so. It is home to no fewer than 550 resources (including districts) listed on National Register of Historic Places, and it … Continue reading

October 14, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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PA Modern: Discovering Pennsylvania’s Midcentury Architectural Legacy

by Beth Hager Eloquence in word and in visual expression – this is the exciting outcome of the new juried exhibit opening at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Sunday, October 25:  “PA Modern:  A Photography Exhibit of … Continue reading

Eliza Kirkbride School, Philadelphia

December 3, 2014
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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School Daze

No, this isn’t a review of Spike Lee’s 1988 movie.  I’m referring to my state of mind when I think about all of the work I’ve done with public schools in Philadelphia over the past few months. As you may … Continue reading