Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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December 5, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Calling all Preservationists! We know you have great things to share!

Preservation PA and the Statewide Conference Planning Team are seeking proposals for insightful and educational conference sessions, of interest to an audience composed of professionals and volunteers in the fields of historic preservation, architecture, cultural resource management, planning, real estate … Continue reading

November 28, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Not your Grandmother’s Gingerbread House

Tired of the same old gingerbread house each Christmas? Just four (mostly straight) walls and a gable roof? Challenge yourself this year to break out of that mold and make one of Pennsylvania’s landmarks instead! The inspiration… I was scrolling through … Continue reading

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November 21, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things to Know from the PA SHPO

This week’s post brings you “5 Things” to know for November and December 2018.  Take a breather from your Thanksgiving holidays and read about new staff, important deadlines, and a fun way to show what you’re thankful for.

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November 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Cornplanter Grant: The Last Native American Settlement in Pennsylvania

Deep in the forests of northwestern Pennsylvania lies a little-known, but incredibly important part of our Country’s early history and our Native American past.  Although now mostly covered by the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir (a body of water created … Continue reading

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October 31, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Hobgoblins in the Humanities

Can I tell you about something that gives me chills and sends me running? October is Arts & Humanities Month. It’s also time for Halloween, so when I was invited to submit a post, our friends at SHPO asked if … Continue reading

October 24, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Lenticular of Lazy Brook Park: Bridging the Gap between Idea and Execution

It was ten years ago, almost to the day, that I participated in a series of scoping field views for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that involved a brilliant idea to address the needs of two seemingly separate projects.

October 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Change the Outcome: You can make a difference to Pennsylvania’s At Risk places!

Residents of Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County were alarmed to hear that a developer planned to build 65 townhomes in their local historic district.

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October 3, 2018
by Hannah Harvey
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Archaeology Matters: A Pennsylvania Perspective

October is Archaeology Month, and what better way to kick it off than with five good reasons why archaeology matters. Like most artistic, cultural, and educational institutions, we are challenged to demonstrate the public value of what we do. Very … Continue reading

September 26, 2018
by PHMC
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Protecting against Future Floods: Floodproofing Workshops in PA

During the week of August 13th, The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets hosted floodproofing workshops in York, Lewisburg, and Wellsboro, and the State Historic Preservation Office had a representative (me) there to answer questions from public officials and members of the public. … Continue reading

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September 19, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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5 Things to Do on Pennsylvania’s West Branch Susquehanna Byway

Are you looking for an adventure?  Then take a drive to Clearfield County because Pennsylvania’s West Branch Susquehanna Byway is an adventure that awaits you at every turn. What is a Pennsylvania Byway? The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) established the … Continue reading