Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites.  Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded … Continue reading

February 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.

December 30, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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2020 Blog in Review

In this crazy year, the PA SHPO’s blog is the one thing you could count on every week to bring you all sorts of current, relevant, fun and interesting information. I have actually won a trivia contest or two because … Continue reading

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

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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

August 28, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

As part of PHMC’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA), PA SHPO identified ways in which underrepresented stories and places in Pennsylvania can be better identified, documented, and celebrated.

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

Its time to highlight six more properties in Pennsylvania that have been recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places!  

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July 22, 2020
by Hannah Harvey
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Finding Meaning in Stone

Nothing excites the imagination like an unanswered question, and since spring I’ve been exploring a little-recognized mystery here in Pennsylvania. 

March 25, 2020
by Karen Galle
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March Marker Mania 2020

Soon there will be some new markers out there for you to brake for! Earlier this month, PHMC approved twenty-four new historical markers for an amazing range of subjects that highlight even more interesting Pennsylvania facts and figures.