Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Brick theatre building with marquee that spells "Embassy" in lightbulbs.

April 1, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Dedicated Volunteers Preserve the Embassy Theatre in Lewistown, Mifflin County

The historic Embassy Theatre in Lewistown is one of the community’s most beloved and iconic structures. It is being rehabilitated with the help of a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant.

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March 24, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO COVID-19 Update

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) offices throughout the commonwealth are closed.   PA SHPO and PHMC staff continue to work remotely and will respond to inquiries received via voicemail and email.

March 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s 2018 Community Initiative Award Winners

The Community Initiative Award from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes organizations, municipalities, agencies, individuals, and others whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s recently released statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservationHappensHere. The 2018 awardees are the Walk … Continue reading

Group of people standing in clearing next to tall stone marker

March 18, 2020
by Casey Hanson
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Defending Fort Dewart, a Legacy of Stewardship

When Ron Sehn and Terry Doran bought their properties in Folmont, they never imagined that they were also signing up to be the defenders of the eighteenth-century Fort Dewart. 

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 12, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: PHMC’s Resources for Studying Pennsylvania’s African American History

In honor of national African American history month, I thought I would give our readers a glimpse into a few of the resources PHMC has to help study African American historic places in Pennsylvania.

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? 

January 29, 2020
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! January 2020

2019 was a BIG year for the National Register program in Pennsylvania.  Since our last update, 16 listings have been added or updated.

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.