Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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Stone building with slides sloped to top in a wooded and grassy area.

June 15, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring African American Heritage in Pennsylvania’s DCNR Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania is rife in human history – if you’re in Pennsylvania, consider yourself surrounded with nearly 20,000 years of it! So, it should come as no great surprise that its 121-state park and over 2 million-acre forest system, administered by … Continue reading

Fourteen small pieces of painted ceramics.

June 8, 2022
by Justin McKeel
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The Archaeology of a Village Blacksmith Shop

In 1823, a blacksmith named John W. Miller moved into what is now southeastern Blair County with his wife, Mary, and their three-year-old son, James. In their first years there they built their house and a small blacksmith shop along … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

April 6, 2022
by smassey
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The New Century Guild in the 21st Century

The New Century Guild building, located at 1307 Locust Street in Philadelphia, PA, is an Italianate brick rowhouse constructed in 1851 as a private residence. It remained a private residence until 1906, when the New Century Guild, one of the … Continue reading

Large stone bank building with five large windows at an intersection.

March 30, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Deindustrialized Communities Market Study: What We Learned

As we wrote about in a recent blog post, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has been working on a huge project in our western region, aimed at identifying the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation and economic … Continue reading

Concrete bridge over stream.

March 16, 2022
by Tyra Guyton
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Pennsylvania’s Reinforced Concrete Thru Girder Bridges

Few people think of history when crossing a bridge.  But bridges tell an important story about engineering and technology, especially in Pennsylvania where the early years of iron, steel and concrete came together to produce many early bridges that represent … Continue reading

February 23, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Tredyffrin Township and its Neighbors go to CAMP

Although there were no campfires or smores, the Tredyffrin Township Historical Commission (TTHC) and friends had a lot of fun in summer CAMP.

View looing across the Susquehanna River showing river and bordering woods.

February 9, 2022
by Taylor Napoleon
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A Look at the PASS Year: The 2021 Annual PASS Report

It’s that time of the year again! Time to report and reflect on another successful year of archaeological site recording efforts throughout Pennsylvania. In 2021, over 300 new archaeological sites were recorded by cultural resource management (CRM) projects, independent and … Continue reading

December 15, 2021
by Barbara Frederick
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Bridge for Sale Spotlight: Burnt Mill Road Bridge

A drive along Burnt Mill Road in Lurgan Township in Franklin County winds around scenic county farmland crossing the Conodoguinet Creek where a monument to Pennsylvania’s industrial past, the Burnt Mill Road Bridge, has stood for the past 136 years.

October 27, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Precious Metal Preservation: the Lift

Nestled amongst the oak-covered hills of rural northwest Pennsylvania until very recently sat an iron artifact from a bygone era. Built in 1876 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, this elegant, metal arch structure is what is … Continue reading