Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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September 23, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning through Mitigation in Western PA

In spring of 2015, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC (applicant) and the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) concluded consultation after 18 months of discussions under … Continue reading

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August 19, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Support Preservation in Pennsylvania by being counted in the 2020 Census

No doubt about it – there is a lot going on this year. I don’t need to elaborate here about the many ways each and every one of us have had our lives turned around, upside down, or inside out … Continue reading

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July 6, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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FYI: PA SHPO’s Updated Project Review Form!

The PA SHPO has recently updated its project review form. Please updated any downloaded or bookmarked forms. You can find the new form on PHMC’s website here: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/About/Documents/SHPO%20Project%20Review%20Form_Digital%20Submission.pdf Updates include: The PA SHPO address was removed as we are longer … Continue reading