Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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March 27, 2020
by PHMC
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PA SHPO Environmental Review: Continuity of Operations during COVID-19 State Office Closures

UPDATE: Due to public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, effective March 30, 2020, we are no longer accepting mailed submissions. Any previously mailed submissions should be resubmitted via email. Please use the process outlined for emailing submissions … Continue reading

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March 24, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO COVID-19 Update

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) offices throughout the commonwealth are closed.   PA SHPO and PHMC staff continue to work remotely and will respond to inquiries received via voicemail and email.

January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

October 23, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Finding a New Life for the Inwood Iron Bridge

When travelling between Schuylkill and Lebanon County, some may prefer to skip Interstate 81 and take the more scenic route past Swatara State Park.  The park is relatively recent in its formation, created in 1987, and DCNR continues to make … Continue reading

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

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May 29, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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2019 Updates to PA’s Agricultural History Project

This post contains updates  to the statewide agricultural context, also known as the Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project, through May 2019. The updates include the following components which are provided in the document 2019 Updates to PA Agricultural History Project – … Continue reading

Historic photo of men working outside building.

May 22, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preserving Laurel Hill CCC Camps – Part 2

This post is the second of two highlighting the work of two recent interns to preserve WPA-era Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Laurel Hill State Park.  You can read Part 1 and the history of the park in this post.

Large group of men standing in forest.

May 15, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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CCC History @ Pennsylvania’s Laurel Hill State Park

This post is the first in a two-part series written by former interns highlighting the CCC history and historic resources at Laurel Hill State Park and the work the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the PA SHPO are … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over water

May 8, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Saving the Watts Mill Road Bridge: Part 1

Beaver County’s Watts Mill Road Bridge, a National Register-listed Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1878, will be preserved as a new pedestrian crossing through the collaborative efforts of PennDOT, Workin’ Bridges, Beaver County, and the citizens of Beaver County. Continue reading