Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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November 24, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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I went to a Marker Dedication and a Car Show Broke Out

I think it is safe to say that the dedication of the new Pennsylvania Historical Marker for Holbert Racing had the most impressive (and expensive) parking lot that has ever existed at a historical marker dedication.

November 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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“Instruction Thorough; Situation Delightful.”

Advertisements for Tuscarora Academy continued to use this phrase more than 50 years after the school was established in 1836. Located in the quaint hamlet of Academia, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, the Tuscarora Academy was a premier 19th century secondary educational … Continue reading

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November 15, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring an Eastern PA Community Preservation Coordinator

Are you a preservation professional who is skilled at collaboration, outreach, and technical assistance? Then we want to hear from you! The Position The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a historic preservation specialist to work as … Continue reading

October 20, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 2

In last week’s post, we introduced you to this past summer’s Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Dauphin County. This week, we’ll tell you about the “major discovery” we hinted at last week!

October 13, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 1

On our first day at our field school in archaeology, we searched through the soil for mountain peaks: or rather, mountain peak-shaped rocks. That’s the tip we were given for finding flakes -fragments of stone produced by Native American flintknapping.

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September 7, 2021
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Historical Marker Program Update

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is making some changes in its state historical marker program. After a holistic review of the Pennsylvania Historical Marker program, PHMC staff have been working on changes that will improve customer service for users … Continue reading

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September 2, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historical Marker and Diversity Coordinator

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is looking for a dynamic person to fill our Historical Marker & Diversity Coordinator position to expand our efforts to identify, document, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s diverse stories, places, and spaces. This is … Continue reading

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August 4, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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The Mystery at Rodef Shalom

Last year in what was entirely a stroke of good fortune, Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh was awarded a Keystone Construction grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission to replace the sewer system that runs under our Henry Hornbostel-designed … Continue reading

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July 28, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historic Preservation Manager

Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a manager to lead the Environmental Review Division and help advance PA SHPO priorities. This … Continue reading