Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

Low wood shelter over gravestones in wood.

February 2, 2022
by Casey Hanson
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Reinterpreting the Underground Railroad: The Sherman’s Dale Discharge Former Slaves’ Graves Site

In my short time as an archaeologist working in southeast Pennsylvania, I’ve learned that every basement, crawl space, and root cellar older than 1860 was at one time, a stop on the Underground Railroad (UGRR).  This of course is not … Continue reading

January 12, 2022
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning in Beaver Borough

Beaver is a lovely community located on the Ohio River bluffs nearly directly across the river from the Shell petrochemical plant. Beaver boasts a large National Register of Historic Places historic district (PA-SHARE Resource #1994RE00048) that consists of large, stately … Continue reading

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

Flag on a flagpole in field.

September 8, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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“A common field one day. A field of honor forever.”

Each person has one event in their lifetime that is so significant that they will say for the remainder of their lives “I remember exactly where I was standing when I heard the news.” An event so significant that it … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

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.

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 3, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: Saving Cantini’s Mosaics

Last week’s blog post introduced the life and work of artist Virgil Cantini and highlighted the vulnerable position of postwar public art objects and installations, which often require special expertise to understand and articulate their significance for preservation.  This week’s … Continue reading

February 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.