Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

November 25, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: PHMC’s Resources for Native American History in Pennsylvania

Since 1990, November has been recognized across the United States as Native American Heritage Month. In Pennsylvania, the story of the Native American peoples who lived in what is now the commonwealth is largely told through archaeology and the sites … Continue reading

October 14, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Telling a Fuller Story about African American History in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Earlier this month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) announced a new pilot project with PHMC, PA DCNR, the states of Maryland and Virginia, and National Park Service Chesapeake Bay to identify, document, and map sites and landscapes in … Continue reading

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

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

Brick building with large machine in front.

August 12, 2020
by Karen Arnold
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Preserving Pennsylvania’s Historic County Courthouses

Most Pennsylvanian’s think of jury duty, county assessment records or where they went to apply for their marriage license when someone mentions a courthouse.

June 17, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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Cultural Resource Management at Graeme Park

In the winter/spring of 2020, the PA SHPO initiated a pilot project to build a toolkit that will help the PHMC develop cultural resource management plans for the properties that we operate. 

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 6, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PHMC’s Nancy Moses

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.

April 15, 2020
by April Frantz
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Inspiration in Philadelphia

When the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announces the recipients of their annual Preservation Achievement Awards, I immediately skim through the list of properties looking for familiar names and places. This year’s list did not disappoint.

February 5, 2020
by Karen Arnold
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Walking the Harrisburg Historic District

Did you know that the first American Heart Month took place in February of 1964, over two years before the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966? 

Old color postcard showing a large white building with tall columns and triangle roof along a street.

December 4, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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An Architectural Masterpiece: Visiting Founder’s Hall

I have a fascination with historic architecture.  That is what launched me on in my career path.  There is just something about a well-designed building that strikes awe in me.  I feel it when I enter the state Capitol Building … Continue reading