Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

December 21, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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More Cool PA Places Found in Year 2 of Baseline Survey

The Pennsylvania Baseline Survey Team is excited to share another year of findings! Between January 2022 to October 2022, our five Year 2 Baseline Survey teams surveyed in 18 counties and recorded 6,663 new resources in 396 municipalities. Quite an … Continue reading

Group of nine people standing in a cemetery.

October 19, 2022
by Casey Hanson
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Community Archaeology at Midland Cemetery

Last fall the State Museum of Pennsylvania hosted their annual workshop in archaeology entitled Hidden Stories: Uncovering African American History through Archaeology and Community Engagement. The theme was born out of the acknowledgement that African Americans are vastly underrepresented in … Continue reading

Man standing outside next to a machine removing soil.

October 5, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Meet the Paleo-Digger

October is Archaeology Month! Today’s post by Guest Contributor PennDOT archaeologist Steve McDougal covers using a non-traditional method for field tests: the Paleo-Digger. Every archaeological survey poses different conditions and challenges. For PennDOT’s SR 22/322 safety improvement project in Northern … Continue reading

August 3, 2022
by smassey
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Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit At Work: SFY2021-2022 Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) recently announced that it has awarded $5 million in Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credits (PA HPTC) to 25 projects across the commonwealth through the FY 2021-2022 PA HPTC Allocation. The … Continue reading

Two story stone house with front porch and three roof dormer windows.

June 1, 2022
by Karen Arnold
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PA SHPO’s Inaugural Historic Property Inspection Site Visit

Not long ago, PA SHPO announced a new program, the Historic Property Inspection Program to improve communication with between the property owners of some of Pennsylvania’s most significant historic treasures under preservation covenant with our 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

View looing across the Susquehanna River showing river and bordering woods.

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

Low wood shelter over gravestones in wood.

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

January 19, 2022
by Jenna Solomon
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Julius Rosenwald and the African American YMCAs of Pennsylvania

American philanthropist Julius Rosenwald is best known for his work in the rural South in the early 20th century building schools for African American children.  Before his 1917 fund changed the face of education and race in the country, he … Continue reading