Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

November 24, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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I went to a Marker Dedication and a Car Show Broke Out

I think it is safe to say that the dedication of the new Pennsylvania Historical Marker for Holbert Racing had the most impressive (and expensive) parking lot that has ever existed at a historical marker dedication.

Two adults standing next to tall metal marker as third adult claps hands.

November 3, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Uncovering the Susquehannock Village at Lemoyne

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. One way we can learn about indigenous peoples is through archaeology. Archaeology … Continue reading

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September 7, 2021
by PHMC
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Historical Marker Program Update

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is making some changes in its state historical marker program. After a holistic review of the Pennsylvania Historical Marker program, PHMC staff have been working on changes that will improve customer service for users … Continue reading

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September 2, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historical Marker and Diversity Coordinator

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is looking for a dynamic person to fill our Historical Marker & Diversity Coordinator position to expand our efforts to identify, document, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s diverse stories, places, and spaces. This is … Continue reading

Large blue and gold metal marker surrounded by people.

July 14, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Preservation Backstory: Emporium’s Sylvania Corporation Marker

The Historical Marker Program is one of the PHMC’s most popular public history programs, and the recently approved nominations prove these aluminum markers dotting our roads and city sidewalks are more than just “history on a stick.” The words cast … Continue reading

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June 23, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: Resources for LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Pennsylvania

June is Pride Month and an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and support LGBTQ+ communities. This week’s post is another in our “Resource Round-Up” series, which we occassionally publish during important months as a guide to learning more about the older … Continue reading

May 19, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Success Story: Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc.

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. Next in line is Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc., which leads economic development and revitalization activites for Waynesboro, Franklin County’s … Continue reading

March 31, 2021
by Karen Galle
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Approved Markers for 2021

Soon fans of Pennsylvania’s historical markers will be braking for 23 new ones. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recently approved the next batch of new historical markers at their March 2021 meeting.

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February 9, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA-SHARE Basics: Wizards, Submissions and Projects

Today’s PA-SHARE Basics topic focuses on the process of sending information to PA SHPO through the PA-SHARE system.  This process is governed largely through Wizards, Submissions and Projects.