Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Old color postcard showing a large white building with tall columns and triangle roof along a street.

December 4, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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An Architectural Masterpiece: Visiting Founder’s Hall

I have a fascination with historic architecture.  That is what launched me on in my career path.  There is just something about a well-designed building that strikes awe in me.  I feel it when I enter the state Capitol Building … 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

One-story building with rail car

November 13, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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From a Creek Came a Village: A Brief History of the Town of Blain

Since our last update on the Tri-County survey project in Dauphin County, the Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group survey teams have crossed the Susquehanna River and begun surveying communities in Cumberland and Perry Counties.

November 6, 2019
by Pamela Reilly
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Let’s Raise a Glass to the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition! (Preferably at a historic brewery)

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. In Pennsylvania, a state with a large number of breweries, courtesy of our English and German ancestry, as well as an excellent climate … Continue reading

October 23, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Finding a New Life for the Inwood Iron Bridge

When travelling between Schuylkill and Lebanon County, some may prefer to skip Interstate 81 and take the more scenic route past Swatara State Park.  The park is relatively recent in its formation, created in 1987, and DCNR continues to make … Continue reading

October 16, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with the August Wilson House

October is the opportunity to explore the arts in your local community as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.  This month-long celebration was established to honor of the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965.

October 2, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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The Society at 90: Celebrating the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s 90th Year with a Look Back at our Beginnings

In 1929, the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA) was formed to promote the study of archaeology within the Commonwealth. Throughout the history of the SPA, up to and including today, the SPA has provided a forum for amateur and professional … Continue reading

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September 18, 2019
by Karen Galle
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December means Holidays and Historical Markers!

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites members of the public to prepare and submit marker nominations for the upcoming December 1, 2019 annual deadline.  The Historical Marker Program is one of PHMC’s most popular public programs, with nearly … Continue reading