Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Large stone bank building with five large windows at an intersection.

March 30, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Deindustrialized Communities Market Study: What We Learned

As we wrote about in a recent blog post, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has been working on a huge project in our western region, aimed at identifying the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation and economic … Continue reading

Concrete bridge over stream.

March 16, 2022
by Tyra Guyton
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Pennsylvania’s Reinforced Concrete Thru Girder Bridges

Few people think of history when crossing a bridge.  But bridges tell an important story about engineering and technology, especially in Pennsylvania where the early years of iron, steel and concrete came together to produce many early bridges that represent … Continue reading

Row of commercial buildings along a street.

March 9, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Deindustrialized Communities Market Study

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has undertaken a project to investigate the economic development and community revitalization prospects in specific southwestern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced significant de-industrialization.

March 2, 2022
by allidavis
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What’s New in 2022 with Pennsylvania’s Historical Marker Program

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites individuals, public agencies, and private organizations to nominate historic people, properties, events, or innovations with statewide or national significance for PHMC’s State Historical Marker Program. Meet the new coordinator, learn more about … Continue reading

February 23, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Tredyffrin Township and its Neighbors go to CAMP

Although there were no campfires or smores, the Tredyffrin Township Historical Commission (TTHC) and friends had a lot of fun in summer CAMP.

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 26, 2022
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! August – December 2021

We have an interesting mix of National Register recent listings to bring you for this installment of “Just Listed”.  We’ve got an African American YMCA, a few interesting industrial properties making everything from jute cordage to furniture to yarn, a … 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

January 12, 2022
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning in Beaver Borough

Beaver is a lovely community located on the Ohio River bluffs nearly directly across the river from the Shell petrochemical plant. Beaver boasts a large National Register of Historic Places historic district (PA-SHARE Resource #1994RE00048) that consists of large, stately … Continue reading