Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Houses along street

June 12, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Titusville, Drafting Community-Focused Design Guidelines to Promote Preservation

Design guidelines have long been considered the “level” in the preservation toolbox. 

May 29, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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Using Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Context in the Field and on the Farm: Tips, Tricks, and Updates

The ambitious Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project started in 2001 and took 12 years to finish. The project included the creation of a statewide agricultural context for the National Register evaluation of agricultural properties, entitled “Agricultural Resources of Pennsylvania, 1700-1960, Multiple … Continue reading

Historic photo of men working outside building.

May 22, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preserving Laurel Hill CCC Camps – Part 2

This post is the second of two highlighting the work of two recent interns to preserve WPA-era Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Laurel Hill State Park.  You can read Part 1 and the history of the park in this post.

December 26, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA Historic Preservation Blog 2018 Year in Review

This week I’m counting down to the 10 most popular blog post written in 2018!  Its been awhile since we’ve done this kind of “year in review” for you loyal readers, so I thought it might be fun and give you … Continue reading

December 12, 2018
by PHMC
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Just listed!! An Update from the PA SHPO’s National Register staff

Before we talk about the newest additions to the National Register in Pennsylvania, let’s try a little National Register trivia: Question 1: Is something listed IN the National Register of Historic Places, or ON the National Register of Historic Places? … Continue reading

Woman making basket

November 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Cornplanter Grant: The Last Native American Settlement in Pennsylvania

Deep in the forests of northwestern Pennsylvania lies a little-known, but incredibly important part of our Country’s early history and our Native American past.  Although now mostly covered by the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir (a body of water created … Continue reading

October 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Change the Outcome: You can make a difference to Pennsylvania’s At Risk places!

Residents of Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County were alarmed to hear that a developer planned to build 65 townhomes in their local historic district.

September 12, 2018
by Multiple Authors
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Caring for African American Cemeteries with PA Hallowed Grounds

Throughout Pennsylvania, African American burial grounds are often lost or destroyed due to lack of permanent markers and documentation, dwindling community presence and awareness of the cemetery’s existence, vandalism, land ownership disputes, and a host of other issues to which … Continue reading

August 8, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Calamity of Donora, Pennsylvania

As Halloween morning dawned on Donora in 1948, twenty people lay dead while half of the town’s population was sick. Within the next month, fifty more people would die because of the incident and the death rate in the town … Continue reading

1905 short metal truss bridge over water

August 1, 2018
by Tyra Guyton
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Metal Truss Bridges Survey Update: More Bridges Determined Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places

Metal truss bridges are an important part of Pennsylvania’s engineering and technological history and stand as a legacy to the state’s iron and steel industry.