Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Two people on bikes in bike lane next to metal truss bridge.

December 14, 2022
by Tyra Guyton
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O’er the Bridge We Go!

For many, the holidays are filled with stories and traditions of the past.  Just hearing the song Jingle Bells makes me wonder what it would feel like to go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. Or better … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over water and surrounded by trees.

October 26, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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A New Funding Source for Metal Truss Bridges

If you have been following the PA SHPO Blog, then you have probably read about the Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan (Management Plan) and the ongoing effort by PennDOT and the PA SHPO to preserve historic metal truss bridges whenever … Continue reading

Man standing outside next to a machine removing soil.

October 5, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Meet the Paleo-Digger

October is Archaeology Month! Today’s post by Guest Contributor PennDOT archaeologist Steve McDougal covers using a non-traditional method for field tests: the Paleo-Digger. Every archaeological survey poses different conditions and challenges. For PennDOT’s SR 22/322 safety improvement project in Northern … Continue reading

August 10, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Dramatic Finish for Warner Theatre Project

Few buildings are more iconic to downtown Erie than the historic Warner Theatre. At 91-years-old, the luxury movie palace still offers an environment “twice as rich, three times more fanciful than life.”

July 27, 2022
by Pamela Reilly
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New Guidance for Road-Related New Deal Resources

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office has developed guidance on the evaluation of New Deal historic resources found along roadways. The project came about in response to an increasing number of requests for National Register evaluation of such properties through … Continue reading

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July 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO is Hiring a Review Archaeologist

Are you interested in joining a proactive and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists?  The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist with a discipline in archaeology within the Environmental Review division.  

July 13, 2022
by Emma Diehl
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Mitigation Spotlight: Section 106 Agreements, December 2021-June 2022

In a given year, PA SHPO consults with federal agencies, applicants, and preservation stakeholders on thousands of federal undertakings in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For some context, PA SHPO staff reviewed over 5,100 federal … Continue reading

Fourteen small pieces of painted ceramics.

June 8, 2022
by Justin McKeel
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The Archaeology of a Village Blacksmith Shop

In 1823, a blacksmith named John W. Miller moved into what is now southeastern Blair County with his wife, Mary, and their three-year-old son, James. In their first years there they built their house and a small blacksmith shop along … Continue reading

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May 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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New PA SHPO Guidelines for Recording Buildings Available

PA SHPO’s Guidelines for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, and a companion worksheet, Worksheet for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, are published to the PHMC website and ready for use. These guidelines replace the PA SHPO’s How to Complete the Pennsylvania Historic … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.