Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

PA delegation in front of the Capitol.

March 21, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain

PA SHPO goes to Washington! Advocacy Week 2018

Every year in March, State Historic Preservation offices and preservation advocates from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week.  The Pennsylvania delegation was there to be a part of it. What is Advocacy Week? … Continue reading

Keppel Building, Lancaster, Lancaster County

February 21, 2018
by Scott Doyle
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Tax Credit Roller Coaster Ride

This ride wasn’t nearly as fun as a real roller coaster ride, but the fight to keep the historic tax credit alive felt like one with all the ups, downs, twists, and turns.

February 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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4 places; 635 years of Pennsylvania’s history

Each year, the statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania puts out a call for nominations to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, made up of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. In 2018, four remarkable places that are part of … Continue reading

Smoothed exterior and shell-tempered ceramic sherds of Edinburg Phase Mahoning Ware recovered from the Ashton Cemetery Site (36LR0165).

January 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor

Punching through the Plowzone

Archaeologists are always on the ready for the next mythical idea of what we are and what we do. We don’t dig dinosaurs or find buried treasure (at least the kind that entails riches untold). We don’t all work in … Continue reading

The image shows a white number 5 on a blue background.

December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post. 

November 15, 2017
by Guest Contributor

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

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?

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

October 2, 2017
by Cory Kegerise

Certified Local Government Reboot – Public Comments Welcome

The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program has been part of the national preservation toolbox since the early 1980s.  Like other programs established by the National Historic Preservation Act, the CLG program is administered by each State Historic Preservation Office based … Continue reading

September 27, 2017
by Hannah Harvey

Archaeology Month: Celebrating Recordation, New Insights, and Preservation

Fall is always an exciting time of year for archaeologists across the state as we gear up to celebrate Pennsylvania Archaeology Month each October!  I know it’s a bit early, but I didn’t want anyone to be caught off-guard come … Continue reading