Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Colorized historic postcard showing wood church building.

April 7, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving Pennsylvania’s Stick Style Architecture: Old Lutheran Church in Franklin

The mid-nineteenth century oil boom is synonymous with northern Venango County, which brought population and construction growth to the city of Franklin.

February 24, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors … Continue reading

January 20, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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The 2020 PA SHPO Community Initiative Award Winners

For the past several years, the PA SHPO has used their Community Initiative Award to recognize the hard work and dedication of organizations, municipalities, individuals, and others whose work embodies the spirit of #PreservAtionHappensHere. The three recipients of the 2020 … Continue reading

Decorative logo for Keystone fund

January 6, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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A New Year – Is a Keystone Grant Project A Resolution?

Happy New Year!  As much as I would like to count 2021 as a fresh start and forget all about 2020, I first must share how impressed I am with the resilience of our museum and preservation community and its … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

November 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Expressions of Interest wanted for Mather Mill and Peace Church

Interested in owning a piece of Pennsylvania’s history? Looking for a unique opportunity to rehabilitate a local landmark? Does your organization want a new home in a historic building? PHMC is looking for new owners for Historic Mather Mill in … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

June 2, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#ReadyForPreservation: Tools & Tips to Support Your Downtown’s Recovery & Revitalization

Pennsylvania downtowns are the economic, social, and cultural heart of many communities. Downtown buildings, businesses and activities often reflect a community’s history, values and economic core as well as the aspirations of local leaders and community members.

May 29, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PHMC’s Andrea Lowery

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

May 25, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PA Humanities Council’s Laurie Zierer

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

May 22, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: West Chester BID’s Malcolm Johnstone

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

May 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: Preservation Erie’s Melinda Meyer

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