Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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

April 29, 2015
by Jeremy R. Young
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‘Disaster Planning for Historic Properties’ Exhibit Debuts at the PA State Association of Township Supervisors Conference

Staff from the PA State Historic Preservation Office were on location at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ (PSATS) 93rd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey, Dauphin County, from April 19-21 to promote the Commonwealth’s new Disaster … Continue reading

January 21, 2015
by Pamela Reilly
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Preservation in a Changing Economic Climate

Many of Pennsylvania’s communities face the challenging task of adapting to a vastly different economic climate than the one that led to their historic growth and development.  This new economic reality of dramatically reduced population, deindustrialization and loss of tax … Continue reading

June 11, 2014
by Katie Hess
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BHP’s Offbeat Outings: Worlds End

Offbeat Outings is a bi-monthly series that highlights the travels of BHP staff as they experience history first-hand throughout Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, I headed north on Friday afternoon and drove just over 100 miles to Worlds End State Park … Continue reading

November 13, 2013
by April Frantz
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Farm to City Week, November 22-28, 2013

Farm-City Week was a national initiative begun in the 1950s to recognize the interdependence between rural and urban people, emphasizing the linked economies of agriculture and the industries that produced the machinery and products used by farmers to grow food … Continue reading

September 4, 2013
by Guest Contributor
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Meet Your Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program!

by Mike Piaskowski, Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources As Pennsylvanians, we are beyond fortunate to live in a place rich with heritage.  Our ridges, valleys, plateaus and waterways lured natives and settlers alike to bountiful opportunities and un-imaginable … Continue reading

July 17, 2013
by Guest Contributor
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Preserving the Oley Valley Rural Historic District in Pennsylvania

by Brenda Barrett Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in the Living Landscape Observer and appears here with the permission of the author and founder of that publication, Brenda Barrett.  We appreciate Brenda’s contributions and reporting on this subject. … Continue reading

July 3, 2013
by Steven McDougal
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Archaeological Survey and Marcellus Shale

In the past five years since Marcellus shale drilling has started, the pace of archaeological survey in the northern tier and the western counties has increased sharply.