Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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Brick theatre building with marquee that spells "Embassy" in lightbulbs.

April 1, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Dedicated Volunteers Preserve the Embassy Theatre in Lewistown, Mifflin County

The historic Embassy Theatre in Lewistown is one of the community’s most beloved and iconic structures. It is being rehabilitated with the help of a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant.

March 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s 2016 Community Initiative Award Winners

The Community Initiative Award from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes organizations, municipalities, agencies, individuals, and others whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s recently released statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservationHappensHere. The 2016 awardees are Bradford Revitalization … Continue reading

March 11, 2020
by Pamela Reilly
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100 Years After Prohibition, the Legacy of Pennsylvania’s Historic Breweries Survives

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the implementation of Prohibition, it is good to reflect on the fact that many buildings related to Pennsylvania’s historic brewing industry remain. 

February 19, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Of Paper and Parks: A Varied History of Mount Holly Springs

This week’s post about Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County is the third in our series about the Tri-County Survey for PA SHPO’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. In previous posts, we wrote about Lykens, Dauphin County and Blain, … Continue reading

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? 

January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

January 1, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Top 10 Posts of 2019

It wouldn’t be New Years without a top 10 recap, and I didn’t want to disappoint you by not giving our faithful readers a recap of their favorite blog.

December 18, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Testimonials in Pennsylvania’s Preservation Tool Box

One of PA SHPO’s core missions is to educate the commonwealth’s citizens about state and federal historic preservation programs. We can’t do it alone, so we do our best to provide interested citizens, advocates, and partners with the tools to … Continue reading

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November 20, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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And the 2019 Community Initiative Winners are….

Each year, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes the hard work and dedication of outstanding organizations, municipalities, agencies, and individuals whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, with a PA SHPO Community … Continue reading