Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

March 8, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Pennsylvania’s Preservation Delegation

It’s almost spring in Washington, D.C. and for us here at the PA SHPO it doesn’t mean cherry blossoms – it means Advocacy Week!  Next week, Pennsylvania’s Preservation Delegation heads south to talk about one of our favorite topics (historic … Continue reading

December 21, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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December’s SHPO Shout Out

I don’t want this month’s Shout Outs to get lost in the holiday shuffle of office parties, vacation days, and last-minute lunch-hour shopping trips so I’m bringing it to you a week early.  Consider it an early present from your … Continue reading

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October 20, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Special Announcement: Job Opening at the PA SHPO

Interested in working at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office?  PA SHPO has received approval to hire an Architectural Designer 2 (AD2) for the position of Tax Credit Reviewer.  PA SHPO encourages anyone with an interest in working with the … Continue reading

August 31, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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August’s SHPO Shout-Out!

It’s that time again! As some of you may know, the National Park Service highlighted Pennsylvania in their #50for50 social media campaign earlier this month.  This initiative is part of their broader effort to celebrate and recognize the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading

May 25, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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May’s SHPO Shout-Out

We’re back to our regular SHPO Shout-Out post this month, and I get to tell you about some great local preservation activities, two national award winners, and a cool new park in Jefferson County. Two quick things before I launch into … Continue reading

November 4, 2015
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Announcing the PA SHPO Shout-Out!

How often is it that we, as preservationists and champions of history, get to hear some good news about historic preservation? When I check my Facebook feed every morning, I usually see one post after another calling attention to the … Continue reading

August 19, 2015
by Scott Doyle
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Good Things Take Time: The First Pennsylvania Tax Credit Project Comes Online

During my tenure with Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Office, I reviewed numerous legislative drafts for the long-awaited Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.  Early drafts included a historic homeowner component.  Later versions proposed grants instead of tax credits.  All dozen or … 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

November 26, 2014
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Updated Forms and Guidance from the SHPO

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it. – Anonymous It’s that time of the year for excess chewing, and it’s also timely for the Bureau to take a … Continue reading

June 26, 2013
by Ann Safley
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Local Landmarks For Sale: National Guard Armories

There is an armory in almost every county in Pennsylvania.  Some counties have two or three.  They are one of the most historically significant and, in most cases, architecturally distinctive buildings in the communities lucky enough to host one.  The … Continue reading