Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

July 24, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Disaster Planning in the Capital: Surveying the City of Harrisburg

As part of the Commonwealth’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative, the PA SHPO and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) have partnered to continue the state’s efforts to inventory flood-prone historic buildings for integration into the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Continue reading

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. 

Wood house

March 13, 2019
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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#PreservAtionHappensHere @ Eckley Miners’ Village

An intra-agency effort is underway to plan for the future of PHMC’s Eckley Miners’ Village. In October 2018, the PHMC was awarded a federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support the completion of a strategic plan for Eckley. … Continue reading

January 9, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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CRGIS in the Classroom

If you use Pennsylvania’s Cultural Resources GIS (CRGIS) on a regular basis, you already know that it is an invaluable resource for preservation planning and research– a one-stop shop for survey and inventory information on more than 130,000 historic properties across … Continue reading

hashtag #preservationhappenshere

January 2, 2019
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Vision for Preservation in Pennsylvania

In May 2018, as my daughter Josie was putting elementary school behind her, Pennsylvania’s new statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, was released. The plan was developed with a series of guiding principles in mind, engaged thousands of Pennsylvanians, gathered and … Continue reading

one story building

June 13, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Hazard Planning in a Historic Context: Part 2 – Taking Action

Last month we talked about how researching a place’s history and physical context factors into hazard planning, and what kinds of building elements are most at risk.  This week’s post focuses on taking action and what can be done to protect … Continue reading

June 6, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Month recap

At the beginning of May, I promised we’d provide a recap of the #31for31 social media campaign to celebrate Preservation Month across Pennsylvania.  If you missed a post on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed, no worries! You … Continue reading

Vintage postcard with hashtag

May 31, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Add this to your summer reading list! #preservationhappenshere – PA’s Statewide Preservation Plan – is ready for you

Picture yourself – lounging poolside, lakeside, or on the beach – with your tablet or smart phone (or even good old-fashioned paper) enjoying the hottest summer publication that hasn’t yet made the New York Times bestseller list: #preservationhappenshere, Pennsylvania’s next statewide historic preservation … Continue reading