Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

June 5, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservationists are flocking to Chambersburg in June

Each year we meet to share and learn at the Statewide Conference on Heritage and to be inspired at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. This year, those two inspiring events combine offering preservation festivities from June 19-21 in Chambersburg. For … Continue reading

May 29, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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Using Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Context in the Field and on the Farm: Tips, Tricks, and Updates

The ambitious Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project started in 2001 and took 12 years to finish. The project included the creation of a statewide agricultural context for the National Register evaluation of agricultural properties, entitled “Agricultural Resources of Pennsylvania, 1700-1960, Multiple … Continue reading

Historic photo of men working outside building.

May 22, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preserving Laurel Hill CCC Camps – Part 2

This post is the second of two highlighting the work of two recent interns to preserve WPA-era Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Laurel Hill State Park.  You can read Part 1 and the history of the park in this post.

Large group of men standing in forest.

May 15, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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CCC History @ Pennsylvania’s Laurel Hill State Park

This post is the first in a two-part series written by former interns highlighting the CCC history and historic resources at Laurel Hill State Park and the work the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the PA SHPO are … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over water

May 8, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Saving the Watts Mill Road Bridge: Part 1

Beaver County’s Watts Mill Road Bridge, a National Register-listed Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1878, will be preserved as a new pedestrian crossing through the collaborative efforts of PennDOT, Workin’ Bridges, Beaver County, and the citizens of Beaver County. Continue reading

Advocacy Week logo

April 17, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Goes to Washington!

A few of my PA SHPO colleagues and I traveled to Washington, D.C. in March to join State Historic Preservation Offices and other preservationists from around the country at National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. 

March 6, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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Supporting the Section 106 Review Process

One of the many roles for all State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), including Pennsylvania’s, outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) is to advise, assist, and consult on the review of federally assisted projects that have the potential to affect historic properties.  … Continue reading

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January 30, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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2019 Pennsylvania At Risk Announced

This week, Preservation Pennsylvania, the nonprofit dedicated to advocacy for and preservation of historic places across the commonwealth, announced the 2019 Pennsylvania At Risk.