Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

January 27, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! January 2021

It’s time for our six-month update to bring you the latest and greatest in new National Register of Historic Places listings!

December 30, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2020 Blog in Review

In this crazy year, the PA SHPO’s blog is the one thing you could count on every week to bring you all sorts of current, relevant, fun and interesting information. I have actually won a trivia contest or two because … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard of large department store with trolleys, horses, carts, and people in the foreground.

December 23, 2020
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Window Shopping at 5 of Pennsylvania’s Historic Department Stores

With the widespread availability of plate glass at the end of the nineteenth century, department stores and window-shopping culture flourished in cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania – especially during the holiday shopping season near the end of the calendar year.

November 4, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Should I go left or right at the next historical marker?

There are only so many times I could run to the Race Street Pier or the Art Museum steps… I needed my next destination.

Row of two two story brick buildings along a pathway, canal, and railroad track.

September 30, 2020
by John Gardosik
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Manayunk Main Street Historic District Flood Guide

September is National Preparedness Month. According to the PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), this year’s theme is “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”

September 2, 2020
by Scott Doyle
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#PreservationHappensHere thanks to the PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit

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 22 projects across the commonwealth through the FY 2019-2020 PA HPTC Allocation. The … Continue reading

August 5, 2020
by Pamela Reilly
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The Triumphant Note of Women’s Equality: the Justice Bell & Women’s Suffrage

One hundred years ago, the clapper of the Justice Bell was unchained for the first time so that it could ring out in jubilation to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. 

June 10, 2020
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Dip into History: Five Historic Pools and Swimming Holes in Pennsylvania

Summer is definitely here in Pennsylvania! And when the weather turns hot and humid, my mind turns to swimming and lazy days by the water.