Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

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 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.

November 16, 2016
by Tyra Guyton
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Fall in Love with a Metal Truss Bridge

Have you ever driven along the back roads of Pennsylvania and come across one of the state’s beautiful metal truss bridges?   Or seen a massive truss bridge spanning a major river crossing?   These awe-inspiring bridges are a part of Pennsylvania’s … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Artifacts from PennDOT Dig Shine at Wheaton

There’s a scene in the 1960 classic, The Time Machine, where Rod Taylor escapes the imminent nuclear war by throwing his machine fast into the future.  Quickly, the ground rises all around him and for what appears to be an … Continue reading

June 1, 2016
by Noël Strattan
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Mapping the Probability of Pre-Historic Archaeological Sites

As we mentioned in our recent post about new archaeology guidelines, The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and PHMC partnered with URS Corporation to develop a statewide pre-contact archaeological predictive model for Pennsylvania. The project involved … Continue reading

April 27, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Shouting-Out about the Statewide Conference!

Time for April’s SHPO Shout-Out! I’m going to mix it up a bit this month and Shout Out about something that’s happening soon rather than something that’s already happened or is in the process of happening. It’s not that I … Continue reading

April 6, 2016
by Kira Heinrich
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5 Things about the New and Improved Archaeological Guidelines

What better way to celebrate archaeology during Preservation50 than to share the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s recently revised and newly issued of the Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Pennsylvania?  Another bit of big news is that the revised Guidelines are being … Continue reading

August 12, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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Intern Introspect: 10 Historic Bridges in Pennsylvania to Paddle Under Before the Temperature Plummets

by Elizabeth Shultz Nestled between the peak heat of July and the crispness of October’s flaming foliage is that special span of outdoor living in Pennsylvania that is the perfect time to hoist your kayaks and canoes onto your shoulders, strap … Continue reading

July 22, 2015
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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In Case You Missed It… the 2015 Statewide Conference on Heritage

We all know that summer is a great time to kick back and relax, and it’s even better when you can do so while hanging out at the State Museum of Pennsylvania with your friends and learning some interesting stuff … Continue reading