Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

November 6, 2019
by Pamela Reilly
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Let’s Raise a Glass to the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition! (Preferably at a historic brewery)

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. In Pennsylvania, a state with a large number of breweries, courtesy of our English and German ancestry, as well as an excellent climate … Continue reading

August 8, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Calamity of Donora, Pennsylvania

As Halloween morning dawned on Donora in 1948, twenty people lay dead while half of the town’s population was sick. Within the next month, fifty more people would die because of the incident and the death rate in the town … Continue reading

June 20, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! PA’s National Register Listings

Your State Historic Preservation Office has been hard at work since our last Just Listed column appeared on this blog. Since that post , the National Park Service has approved over 30 Pennsylvania listings (!) for inclusion in the National Register … Continue reading

W.A. Young & Sons Machine Shop

May 9, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving living history at the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop

It’s important to recognize the value of The Keystone Fund and the preservation work it supports all year round, especially during preservation month!  Without this program and its financial support, many, many important historic places in Pennsylvania would suffer.  Read … Continue reading

June 14, 2017
by Karen Galle
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2017’s Newly Approved Markers

I am happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 18 new historical markers! As you’ll see from the list below, over half of the approved subjects are for markers in Philadelphia County. The Marker Program … Continue reading

April 19, 2017
by Keith Heinrich
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Mine Sealing: A Little-Known Legacy of the New Deal

With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you one of the little-known and fascinating historic contexts available from the PA SHPO: Mine Sealing in Southwestern Pennsylvania During the Great Depression.  … Continue reading