Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

April 19, 2017
by Keith Heinrich
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Mine Sealing: A Little-Known Legacy of the New Deal

With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you one of the little-known and fascinating historic contexts available from the PA SHPO: Mine Sealing in Southwestern Pennsylvania During the Great Depression.  … Continue reading

March 29, 2017
by Cory Kegerise
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Mill-Rae: A Monument of Women’s History Hidden in Plain Sight

High on a hill overlooking the Somerton neighborhood of Philadelphia stands Cranaleith Spiritual Center, a beautiful Shingle style house that overlooks ten acres of gardens, groves of trees, a pond, and a sensitively-designed modern retreat facility.  It’s a lovely place … Continue reading

August 3, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Highway Planning on a Landscape Scale: The Next Generation

by Brenda Barrett, Living Landscape Observer What happens when a highway project long planned to improve the functionality of the overall transportation system runs up against newer approaches of planning on a landscape scale?

March 9, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Disaster Planning for Historic Properties in a World Heritage City

by Emily Paulus Everett, AECOM Technical Services On November 6, 2015, the City of Philadelphia became the first United States city to join the Organization of World Heritage Cities – a prestigious designation that recognizes, among other things, its vast and … Continue reading

February 10, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Getting High-Tech to Identify Monroe County’s Flood-Prone Historic Places

by Vanessa Zeoli, AECOM Technical Services A potentially trendsetting countywide survey has just been completed in the floodplains of Monroe County, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania, identifying all flood-prone historic properties there and laying … Continue reading

January 27, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2016’s First SHPO Shout-Out

The internet tells me that 45% of all Americans make News Year’s resolutions. The top ones – which I think we’ve all made at one time or another – are to be happier, healthier, and more organized. A psychologist friend … Continue reading

Fort Mifflin National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia (Key #001371).

September 9, 2015
by Jeremy R. Young
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Preservation Partnerships: Working Together To Save Historic Resources From Natural Disasters

We all know that partnerships, collaboration, and teamwork are critical in the effort to identify, preserve, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s historic resources.  One such partnership in Philadelphia will help protect the city’s historic places and spaces from the devastating damage caused … Continue reading

June 10, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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2015: The Year of the Pennsylvania Barn

by Curt Musselman Ten years ago,  Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC) received a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to help establish a barn preservation program within Adams County. One of our first steps was to begin … Continue reading

May 20, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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Digging Deep: Pennsylvania and the Making Archaeology Public Initiative

by Joe Baker, PennDOT Cultural Resources Program On a lovely morning in early autumn, I arrive at an old farm along the Susquehanna River to find Dr Frank Vento in his natural element. That is to say, he is squatting … Continue reading

May 13, 2015
by Emma Diehl
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Offbeat Outing: Shades of Grey – On the Road in Pike County

Offbeat Outings is a bi-monthly series that highlights the travels of BHP staff as they experience history first-hand throughout Pennsylvania.   Although I’m Pennsylvania born and raised, I’m the first to (sheepishly) admit that there are many counties within the Commonwealth … Continue reading