Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

June 15, 2016
by Karen Arnold
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#FindYourPark: Independence National Historical Park

Several months ago, my colleague Cory Kegerise wrote a blog highlighting his childhood memories visiting Hopewell Furnace as part of the National Park Service’s #FindYourPark campaign .  He inspired me to make sure my kids had the same experiences and … 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

December 23, 2015
by Bill Callahan
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Spotlight Series: Preservation At Work in Bradford

45 communities in Pennsylvania have a formal working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) on a variety of preservation-related programs and projects. Known as Certified Local Governments (CLGs), these communities represent a broad geographic, demographic and economic … Continue reading

August 26, 2015
by Cheryl Nagle
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Offbeat Outing: Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens

Offbeat Outings is a bi-monthly series that highlights the travels of BHP staff as they experience history first-hand throughout Pennsylvania.   Trying to find something to do outside in Pennsylvania during the month of August is often challenging with our hot … Continue reading

July 29, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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Shippensburg’s Corn Festival: Thirty-Five Years of Corn, Fun, and Historic Preservation

By Steven Burg On the last Saturday in August for the last three and a half decades, tens of thousands of visitors have descended on downtown Shippensburg to enjoy the crafts, music, entertainment, and food of the Shippensburg Corn Festival. … 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

Sunnybrook Ballroom, Montgomery County

April 8, 2015
by Cory Kegerise
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Discovering Pennsylvania’s Jazz History

Turning the calendar page from March to April is a cause for celebration on many fronts – the end of winter, the blooming of spring flowers, and an official reason to celebrate jazz! Yes, April is National Jazz Appreciation Month … Continue reading

February 25, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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The Battle of Brandywine Revisited

By Jill Hall and Karen Marshall On September 11, 1777, British General William Howe and his professional army engaged General George Washington and his citizen soldiers along the banks of the Brandywine River about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Part … 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

November 12, 2014
by Kira Heinrich
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History with a slice of pie: on the road with the Heinrichs

Late in August this summer Keith and I found ourselves in Westmoreland County, on a rare working Saturday, with a couple hours of down time. Between my meeting with a consultant in the morning and Keith’s event to celebrate the … Continue reading