Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

June 7, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Guidance for the Treatment of Historic Bridges

Wherever you travel in Pennsylvania, you are likely to cross a historic bridge. These bridges are an important part of the cultural landscape and a link to Pennsylvania’s transportation and engineering history. Eventually these bridges need some level of work … Continue reading

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May 22, 2017
by Hannah Harvey
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Special Announcement: Geospatial Standards for Report Submissions

Last month, we announced changes in how we would like to receive archaeological and architectural reports. These changes are designed to streamline the review process and to reduce paper copies. In addition, we are now requesting shapefiles for survey areas … Continue reading

April 26, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Join us in Carlisle for 2017 Statewide Conference on Heritage!

You spoke and we listened! After all the rave reviews about last year’s downtown-centered location for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, this year we’re poised to take over historic Carlisle from Wednesday, June 14 to Friday June 16.

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April 25, 2017
by Hannah Harvey
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Special Announcement: Changes for PA Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)

This spring, change is in the air for the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)! Archaeologists from the PA SHPO and State Museum of Pennsylvania have worked together to revise the PASS Site Identification Criteria and to devise new procedures for … Continue reading

March 15, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Bridge to the Past: PennDOT’s Historic Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan

In June 2016, I was hired as the Transportation Special Initiatives Coordinator in the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  This new position was created through a special funding agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and was developed … Continue reading

March 1, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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A Journey to Potters Mills: Story Maps as Mitigation

Potters Mills? Story Maps? What are these things?  This week’s post from guest contributor Charles Richmond will answer these burning questions and talk about this creative way to use 21st century technology to connect people to place and preservation.

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December 14, 2016
by Douglas McLearen
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The Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force 2015-2016

In May of 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed 48 people to serve on the newly-created Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, which was charged with creating a set of recommendations for responsibly guiding the extraction and transportation of natural gas in Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Artifacts from PennDOT Dig Shine at Wheaton

There’s a scene in the 1960 classic, The Time Machine, where Rod Taylor escapes the imminent nuclear war by throwing his machine fast into the future.  Quickly, the ground rises all around him and for what appears to be an … Continue reading