Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

February 24, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors … Continue reading

February 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.

Large black wood sign with gold letters.

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.

February 3, 2021
by Scott Doyle
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105th PA Farm Show Scavenger Hunt – Virtual Edition!

In light of the current public health crisis and keeping safety a priority, the Department of Agriculture hosted the 105th PA Farm Show virtually to celebrate Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.

January 27, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! January 2021

It’s time for our six-month update to bring you the latest and greatest in new National Register of Historic Places listings!

January 20, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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The 2020 PA SHPO Community Initiative Award Winners

For the past several years, the PA SHPO has used their Community Initiative Award to recognize the hard work and dedication of organizations, municipalities, individuals, and others whose work embodies the spirit of #PreservAtionHappensHere. The three recipients of the 2020 … Continue reading

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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.

December 30, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2020 Blog in Review

In this crazy year, the PA SHPO’s blog is the one thing you could count on every week to bring you all sorts of current, relevant, fun and interesting information. I have actually won a trivia contest or two because … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard of large department store with trolleys, horses, carts, and people in the foreground.

December 23, 2020
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Window Shopping at 5 of Pennsylvania’s Historic Department Stores

With the widespread availability of plate glass at the end of the nineteenth century, department stores and window-shopping culture flourished in cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania – especially during the holiday shopping season near the end of the calendar year.

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

December 16, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Surveying Western Pennsylvania Communities

With support from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office, this summer, a team from ASC Group, Inc. and Aurora Research Associates, LLC undertook a community survey project in the Beaver and Monongahela river valleys in western Pennsylvania.