Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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.

May 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Wilkes-Barre’s Walkitecture Tour

We conclude our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners in the Diamond City.

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May 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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New PA SHPO Guidelines for Recording Buildings Available

PA SHPO’s Guidelines for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, and a companion worksheet, Worksheet for Recording Buildings in Pennsylvania, are published to the PHMC website and ready for use. These guidelines replace the PA SHPO’s How to Complete the Pennsylvania Historic … Continue reading

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May 4, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Preservation Month with the 2021 Community Initiative Award Winners

What better time of year than National Historic Preservation Month to announce the latest round of PA SHPO’s Community Initiative Award winners. This year’s projects and recipients showcase a range of preservation success stories, demonstrating the power of perseverance, collaboration … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

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April 19, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a National Register Supervisor

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