Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

July 31, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Getting to Know Mod Betty Better

In the second installment of this two-part interview with Pennsylvania Historic Preservation blog, Mod Betty discusses her research methods, her main influences, and “the ones that got away.”  Missed Part 1? Read it here!

July 24, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Disaster Planning in the Capital: Surveying the City of Harrisburg

As part of the Commonwealth’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative, the PA SHPO and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) have partnered to continue the state’s efforts to inventory flood-prone historic buildings for integration into the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Continue reading

Two photographs of two wood CCC buildings.

July 10, 2019
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Laurel Hill State Park and HistoriCorps: Partnership for Preservation

The HistoriCorps Laurel Hill State Park Mess Hall project relied on a crucial partnership between Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s Friends of Laurel Hill, the 501(c)3 preservation organization HistoriCorps, and HistoriCorps’ workforce of volunteers who arrived on the jobsite from homes all over the country. Continue reading

Houses along street

June 12, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Titusville, Drafting Community-Focused Design Guidelines to Promote Preservation

Design guidelines have long been considered the “level” in the preservation toolbox. 

June 5, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservationists are flocking to Chambersburg in June

Each year we meet to share and learn at the Statewide Conference on Heritage and to be inspired at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. This year, those two inspiring events combine offering preservation festivities from June 19-21 in Chambersburg. For … Continue reading

Historic photo of men working outside building.

May 22, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preserving Laurel Hill CCC Camps – Part 2

This post is the second of two highlighting the work of two recent interns to preserve WPA-era Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Laurel Hill State Park.  You can read Part 1 and the history of the park in this post.

Metal truss bridge over water

May 8, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Saving the Watts Mill Road Bridge: Part 1

Beaver County’s Watts Mill Road Bridge, a National Register-listed Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1878, will be preserved as a new pedestrian crossing through the collaborative efforts of PennDOT, Workin’ Bridges, Beaver County, and the citizens of Beaver County. Continue reading

April 30, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#PreservationHappensHere

May is Historic Preservation Month and what better way to kick it off than with a fun – and impactful – social media campaign about our favorite hashtag, #PreservationHappensHere! #PreservationHappensHere! isn’t just the title of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan. … Continue reading