Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Residences at 511-533 Howe Avenue in the Lawrence Park Historic District – Photo by NaylorWellman.

March 7, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The “Key” to Preserving Lawrence Park

If this were the game show Jeopardy!, the question would be “What grant, administered by PHMC, was the “key” to celebrating the history and significance of Pennsylvania’s Lawrence Park?”

February 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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4 places; 635 years of Pennsylvania’s history

Each year, the statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania puts out a call for nominations to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, made up of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. In 2018, four remarkable places that are part of … Continue reading

Smoothed exterior and shell-tempered ceramic sherds of Edinburg Phase Mahoning Ware recovered from the Ashton Cemetery Site (36LR0165).

January 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor

Punching through the Plowzone

Archaeologists are always on the ready for the next mythical idea of what we are and what we do. We don’t dig dinosaurs or find buried treasure (at least the kind that entails riches untold). We don’t all work in … Continue reading

This photograph shows the front of the Anderson House.

January 10, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The Keystone Program Helps Plan a New Fine Art Museum in Bedford County

Bedford County sorely lacked a fine art museum after its previous institution dissolved in 2013. Two years later, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) decided to expand their satellite museum program into Bedford Borough and identified a historic building … Continue reading

The image shows a white number 5 on a blue background.

December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post. 

December 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor

Erie’s culture, heritage shine in new preservation plan

By Liz Allen, Preservation Erie Erie County’s story spreads out across the land and spills out across the water. Our tales are told through architectural treasures and our narrative is shaped by our natural environment. We’ve unearthed our roots by … Continue reading

This photograph shows a two-story brick house in downtown York as the home of the Goodridge Center.

December 6, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Spotlight: William C. Goodridge Freedom Center Keystone Grant

Leveraging local dollars to support important historic preservation initiatives is one of the key facets of the PHMC’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program.

This photograph shows four students clearing dirt from an archaeological site.

November 22, 2017
by Steven McDougal

Centre County’s Hatch Site

This past summer I had the opportunity, along with other members of the PA SHPO, to visit an archaeological field school underway in State College. It’s not often I get away from my desk, so it was a nice chance … Continue reading