Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

April 13, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring the National Road in Western Pennsylvania

As the sun emerges, temperatures rise, and travel restrictions ease, consummate travelers begin to get itchy feet. This spring, the National Road Heritage Corridor invites you to exit the highway and take the time to explore some of Pennsylvania’s nation-shaping … Continue reading

Flag on a flagpole in field.

September 8, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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“A common field one day. A field of honor forever.”

Each person has one event in their lifetime that is so significant that they will say for the remainder of their lives “I remember exactly where I was standing when I heard the news.” An event so significant that it … Continue reading

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!

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.

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

March 25, 2020
by Karen Galle
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March Marker Mania 2020

Soon there will be some new markers out there for you to brake for! Earlier this month, PHMC approved twenty-four new historical markers for an amazing range of subjects that highlight even more interesting Pennsylvania facts and figures.

Group of people standing in clearing next to tall stone marker

March 18, 2020
by Casey Hanson
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Defending Fort Dewart, a Legacy of Stewardship

When Ron Sehn and Terry Doran bought their properties in Folmont, they never imagined that they were also signing up to be the defenders of the eighteenth-century Fort Dewart. 

February 26, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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YOUR Archaeological Site Survey: a Shout-Out to 2019 PASS Contributors

The PHMC has been a steward of archaeological site information in Pennsylvania since the late 1920s. 

Two photographs of two wood CCC buildings.

July 10, 2019
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Laurel Hill State Park and HistoriCorps: Partnership for Preservation

The HistoriCorps Laurel Hill State Park Mess Hall project relied on a crucial partnership between Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s Friends of Laurel Hill, the 501(c)3 preservation organization HistoriCorps, and HistoriCorps’ workforce of volunteers who arrived on the jobsite from homes all over the country. Continue reading