Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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January 13, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Kicking Off PA SHPO’s Baseline Survey Effort

PA SHPO is kicking off a three-year effort to collect baseline survey information about thousands of older and historic places across a huge part of Pennsylvania.

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January 6, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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A New Year – Is a Keystone Grant Project A Resolution?

Happy New Year!  As much as I would like to count 2021 as a fresh start and forget all about 2020, I first must share how impressed I am with the resilience of our museum and preservation community and its … Continue reading

December 30, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2020 Blog in Review

In this crazy year, the PA SHPO’s blog is the one thing you could count on every week to bring you all sorts of current, relevant, fun and interesting information. I have actually won a trivia contest or two because … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard of large department store with trolleys, horses, carts, and people in the foreground.

December 23, 2020
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Window Shopping at 5 of Pennsylvania’s Historic Department Stores

With the widespread availability of plate glass at the end of the nineteenth century, department stores and window-shopping culture flourished in cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania – especially during the holiday shopping season near the end of the calendar year.

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

December 16, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Surveying Western Pennsylvania Communities

With support from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office, this summer, a team from ASC Group, Inc. and Aurora Research Associates, LLC undertook a community survey project in the Beaver and Monongahela river valleys in western Pennsylvania.

December 9, 2020
by David Maher
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A Preservation Story: Franklin County

Founded in 1784, and located in the fertile and strategic Cumberland Valley, Franklin County possesses a rich and unique history.  A tour through the National Register of Historic Places in Franklin County offers just a glimpse into the rich history … Continue reading

December 2, 2020
by smassey
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A New Life for Homestead’s Masonic Hall

Homestead’s Masonic Hall is an imposing – and impressive – stone building at the corner of E. 9th Avenue and McClure Street in Homestead, Allegheny County. This early 20th century property anchors the National Register-listed Homestead Historic District and is … Continue reading

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November 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Expressions of Interest wanted for Mather Mill and Peace Church

Interested in owning a piece of Pennsylvania’s history? Looking for a unique opportunity to rehabilitate a local landmark? Does your organization want a new home in a historic building? PHMC is looking for new owners for Historic Mather Mill in … Continue reading