Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

September 7, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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#BeNebby with Doors Open Pittsburgh

Today’s post in one of our Spotlight Series, which showcases places, projects, and people engaged in different kinds of historic preservation activities in Pennsylvania. How many times have you walked past a building in your neighborhood and thought, “Gee, I … Continue reading

August 24, 2022
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Intern Introspect: Agricultural Survey Internship

As my internship with Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Office comes to a close, I want to take the time to reflect on my experiences here. When I began in early June, I was relatively new to the field of historic preservation.

August 17, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Intern Introspect: MARS Sites Survey Internship

My name is Sarah Hoffeditz, and I spent the first half of this summer gaining unique experiences through my internship at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office in Harrisburg, PA.

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August 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO is Hiring a National Register Supervisor!

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register experience?  The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office is seeking an Historic Preservation Supervisor to coordinate the office’s National Register of Historic Places program.

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August 1, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO is Hiring for a new National Register and GIS position!

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register and GIS experience? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking an Historic Preservation Specialist to work as a National Register reviewer and triage specialist, focused on historic … Continue reading

July 27, 2022
by Pamela Reilly
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New Guidance for Road-Related New Deal Resources

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office has developed guidance on the evaluation of New Deal historic resources found along roadways. The project came about in response to an increasing number of requests for National Register evaluation of such properties through … Continue reading

July 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! January – June 2022

There are 14 new National Register listings to share with you from the first half of 2022. They include an interesting range of institutional, ecclesiastical, commercial, educational, and industrial properties in 8 counties.  

July 13, 2022
by Emma Diehl
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Mitigation Spotlight: Section 106 Agreements, December 2021-June 2022

In a given year, PA SHPO consults with federal agencies, applicants, and preservation stakeholders on thousands of federal undertakings in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For some context, PA SHPO staff reviewed over 5,100 federal … Continue reading

Fourteen small pieces of painted ceramics.

June 8, 2022
by Justin McKeel
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The Archaeology of a Village Blacksmith Shop

In 1823, a blacksmith named John W. Miller moved into what is now southeastern Blair County with his wife, Mary, and their three-year-old son, James. In their first years there they built their house and a small blacksmith shop along … Continue reading

Two story stone house with front porch and three roof dormer windows.

June 1, 2022
by Karen Arnold
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PA SHPO’s Inaugural Historic Property Inspection Site Visit

Not long ago, PA SHPO announced a new program, the Historic Property Inspection Program to improve communication with between the property owners of some of Pennsylvania’s most significant historic treasures under preservation covenant with our office.