Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

May 11, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PAC’s Ira Beckerman

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities. … Continue reading

March 11, 2020
by Pamela Reilly
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100 Years After Prohibition, the Legacy of Pennsylvania’s Historic Breweries Survives

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the implementation of Prohibition, it is good to reflect on the fact that many buildings related to Pennsylvania’s historic brewing industry remain. 

February 19, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Of Paper and Parks: A Varied History of Mount Holly Springs

This week’s post about Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County is the third in our series about the Tri-County Survey for PA SHPO’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. In previous posts, we wrote about Lykens, Dauphin County and Blain, … Continue reading

January 1, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Top 10 Posts of 2019

It wouldn’t be New Years without a top 10 recap, and I didn’t want to disappoint you by not giving our faithful readers a recap of their favorite blog.

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