Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

May 12, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Old Erie on Foot

Continuing our theme of Preservation Success Stories this Preservation Month, we’ll feature short interviews with our 2020 Community Initiative Award winners for the next few weeks. First up is Erin Phillips, aka Old Erie on Foot in the social media … Continue reading

May 5, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Make this Preservation Month a Success by Sharing Your Story!

National Historic Preservation Month was started in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to draw attention to older and historic places across the country and to highlight the benefits of historic preservation in the nation’s communities. This year, … Continue reading

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April 30, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement: We’re Hiring a Review Archaeologist!

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to serve as a Review Archaeologist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a detail oriented and flexible preservation professional … Continue reading

April 28, 2021
by Barbara Frederick
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Section 106: Not Always the Preferred Preservation Outcome

The Section 106 process was created to ensure that federal agencies consider historic properties in the planning process for projects they sponsor.

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April 21, 2021
by Cory Kegerise
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Designing for Distance in Pennsylvania’s Historic Communities

To say that COVID-19 changed things about away we live our lives would be the understatement of the century. Virtually everything about the ways in which we live, work, learn, recreate, shop – everything – changed in an instant and … Continue reading

Paved path through cemetery with grass, trees, and stone markers of various shapes and sizes.

April 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Exploring the Harrisburg Cemetery

Spring has sprung in Harrisburg!  So when I was deciding what National Register resource to focus on for this week’s blog post, my office mate/dining room table neighbor/husband suggested we take a walk through Harrisburg Cemetery, listed in the National … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard showing wood church building.

April 7, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving Pennsylvania’s Stick Style Architecture: Old Lutheran Church in Franklin

The mid-nineteenth century oil boom is synonymous with northern Venango County, which brought population and construction growth to the city of Franklin.

March 24, 2021
by smassey
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Rehabilitating Wilkes-Barre’s Memorial Presbyterian Church

Rehabilitating a religious property, like a church, using historic tax credits can be very challenging because it is often difficult to match the building’s desired new use with the historic floor plan and character-defining spaces. Design professionals and building owners … Continue reading

March 17, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation’s March Madness

“March Madness” in the historic preservation world isn’t quite the same as the highly competitive, single-elimination college basketball tournaments that happen each March. I’ve coopted the phrase to describe National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week and the days leading up to … Continue reading

March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites.  Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded … Continue reading