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March 24, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO COVID-19 Update

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) offices throughout the commonwealth are closed.   PA SHPO and PHMC staff continue to work remotely and will respond to inquiries received via voicemail and email.

February 19, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Of Paper and Parks: A Varied History of Mount Holly Springs

This week’s post about Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County is the third in our series about the Tri-County Survey for PA SHPO’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. In previous posts, we wrote about Lykens, Dauphin County and Blain, … Continue reading

January 22, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Section 106 Success @ Reading’s Penn Street Bridge

I recently had an opportunity to talk about PennDOT’s Penn Street Bridge Project in Reading at the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter conference this past October.

One-story building with rail car

November 13, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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From a Creek Came a Village: A Brief History of the Town of Blain

Since our last update on the Tri-County survey project in Dauphin County, the Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group survey teams have crossed the Susquehanna River and begun surveying communities in Cumberland and Perry Counties.

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