Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

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

Small one-story stone building

May 23, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context: Wrapping up the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context – Wrapping up the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative Three years ago, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) announced that we were embarking on a new initiative to, for the first time … Continue reading

This photograph shows the front of the Anderson House.

January 10, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The Keystone Program Helps Plan a New Fine Art Museum in Bedford County

Bedford County sorely lacked a fine art museum after its previous institution dissolved in 2013. Two years later, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) decided to expand their satellite museum program into Bedford Borough and identified a historic building … Continue reading

December 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Erie’s culture, heritage shine in new preservation plan

By Liz Allen, Preservation Erie Erie County’s story spreads out across the land and spills out across the water. Our tales are told through architectural treasures and our narrative is shaped by our natural environment. We’ve unearthed our roots by … Continue reading

November 15, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Hazard Mitigation in a Historic Context: Update on Historic At-Risk Properties Initiative

Historic resources inform citizens of their unique local heritage, cultural identity, and the origins of their community.  They are the corner stones of our built environment and they provide a “sense of place”. In the aftermath of a disaster, these … Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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How Humanities-Based Community Development Can Foster a More Democratic Future

What role can the humanities play in community development– and how can they foster a more democratic future for small towns and cities across America?

September 6, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Historic Communities (by design) are Healthy Communities

About a month or so ago, I was checking my APA PA news feed at lunch one day and saw a post about taking a survey about how “healthy” my community is.  I always try to take surveys like this – because … Continue reading