Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

June 7, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Guidance for the Treatment of Historic Bridges

Wherever you travel in Pennsylvania, you are likely to cross a historic bridge. These bridges are an important part of the cultural landscape and a link to Pennsylvania’s transportation and engineering history. Eventually these bridges need some level of work … Continue reading

May 17, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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We need YOU for the 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards!

Some days it can be tough to be a preservationist. Demolition takes place after a hard-fought battle. Funding for a project doesn’t come together. Local government approves a terrible design for development on a historic landscape. We’ve all been there … Continue reading

May 10, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Asset Mapping for Chester’s Third Presbyterian Church

This week’s post in honor of National Preservation Month talks about the tool of asset mapping and how its being used to re-imagine a new life for a local landmark in Chester, Delaware County.

May 3, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation People & Places Worth Celebrating

As many of you already know, May is national Historic Preservation Month.  What better way to kick-start our month-long celebration of historic preservation than with this year’s winners of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards. If … Continue reading

April 26, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Join us in Carlisle for 2017 Statewide Conference on Heritage!

You spoke and we listened! After all the rave reviews about last year’s downtown-centered location for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, this year we’re poised to take over historic Carlisle from Wednesday, June 14 to Friday June 16.

April 19, 2017
by Keith Heinrich
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Mine Sealing: A Little-Known Legacy of the New Deal

With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you one of the little-known and fascinating historic contexts available from the PA SHPO: Mine Sealing in Southwestern Pennsylvania During the Great Depression.  … Continue reading

March 15, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Bridge to the Past: PennDOT’s Historic Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan

In June 2016, I was hired as the Transportation Special Initiatives Coordinator in the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  This new position was created through a special funding agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and was developed … Continue reading

March 8, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Pennsylvania’s Preservation Delegation

It’s almost spring in Washington, D.C. and for us here at the PA SHPO it doesn’t mean cherry blossoms – it means Advocacy Week!  Next week, Pennsylvania’s Preservation Delegation heads south to talk about one of our favorite topics (historic … Continue reading

March 1, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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A Journey to Potters Mills: Story Maps as Mitigation

Potters Mills? Story Maps? What are these things?  This week’s post from guest contributor Charles Richmond will answer these burning questions and talk about this creative way to use 21st century technology to connect people to place and preservation.