Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

This photograph shows two late 19th century buildings along a street in Bradford, PA.

April 22, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Supporting Pennsylvania’s Main Streets

As one of PA SHPO’s Community Preservation Coordinators, one of the more heartening things I’ve observed (and participated in) the past few weeks has been the response of many Main Street communities and their partners to the COVID 19 crisis.

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. 

February 12, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: PHMC’s Resources for Studying Pennsylvania’s African American History

In honor of national African American history month, I thought I would give our readers a glimpse into a few of the resources PHMC has to help study African American historic places in Pennsylvania.

March 27, 2019
by Karen Galle
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Spring = New Historical Markers!

Earlier this month, PHMC approved 18 new historical markers to the collection of over 2,500 for subjects that run the gamut from notable athletes to a late 19th century African American archaeological site in Mercer County.

August 29, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Four Ps: Places, People, Pride and Preservation

Cue those spotlights! Load those confetti cannons! Each year, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards celebrate remarkable preservation work across the state. In a field where the losses are so permanent and can feel so personal, it’s important to take the … Continue reading

August 15, 2018
by Scott Doyle
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Summer 2018 PA Historic Tax Credit Update

After a chaotic winter where one of the federal government’s most successful historic preservation programs over the past 40 years – the Historic Preservation Tax Credit – was almost eliminated during federal tax reform, there is a lot to catch … Continue reading

August 8, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Calamity of Donora, Pennsylvania

As Halloween morning dawned on Donora in 1948, twenty people lay dead while half of the town’s population was sick. Within the next month, fifty more people would die because of the incident and the death rate in the town … Continue reading

August 9, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Pine Bank Covered Bridge at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Recently, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission collaborated with the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village to preserve one of the oldest covered bridges in Washington County.

May 11, 2016
by Bryan Van Sweden
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Just Listed!

Western Pennsylvania has been a hotbed of National Register activity during the past year. From three Washington County farms, to an industrial facility and a Salvation Army building in Pittsburgh, to a Masonic lodge in Latrobe and a synagogue in … Continue reading

March 23, 2016
by Karen Galle
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New Historical Markers Approved

Great news for fans of Pennsylvania’s beloved blue and gold markers – there are going to be more of them soon!  At the March 9th meeting, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 23 new historical markers.  Many of … Continue reading