Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Vintage postcard with hashtag

May 31, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Add this to your summer reading list! #preservationhappenshere – PA’s Statewide Preservation Plan – is ready for you

Picture yourself – lounging poolside, lakeside, or on the beach – with your tablet or smart phone (or even good old-fashioned paper) enjoying the hottest summer publication that hasn’t yet made the New York Times bestseller list: #preservationhappenshere, Pennsylvania’s next statewide historic preservation … Continue reading

Small one-story stone building

May 23, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context: Wrapping up the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context – Wrapping up the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative Three years ago, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) announced that we were embarking on a new initiative to, for the first time … Continue reading

W.A. Young & Sons Machine Shop

May 9, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving living history at the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop

It’s important to recognize the value of The Keystone Fund and the preservation work it supports all year round, especially during preservation month!  Without this program and its financial support, many, many important historic places in Pennsylvania would suffer.  Read … Continue reading

April 11, 2018
by Karen Galle
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What do Slinky, the Wizard of Oz, poinsettas, and a Rev War personality have in common?

You win the prize if you said, “They will all have historical markers in PA!”.  The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 16 new historical markers! This year’s selections deliver another eclectic mix of pop culture, military, African American, film, … Continue reading

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
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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