Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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

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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

May 20, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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Digging Deep: Pennsylvania and the Making Archaeology Public Initiative

by Joe Baker, PennDOT Cultural Resources Program On a lovely morning in early autumn, I arrive at an old farm along the Susquehanna River to find Dr Frank Vento in his natural element. That is to say, he is squatting … Continue reading

May 6, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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Join us in July for a party at the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage

Along with the many insightful training sessions, in-the-field workshops, and engaging panel discussions offered at this year’s Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage (July 8-10th), we’ll blow out some candles honoring the 50th birthday of the State Museum & Archives complex … Continue reading

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December 3, 2014
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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School Daze

No, this isn’t a review of Spike Lee’s 1988 movie.  I’m referring to my state of mind when I think about all of the work I’ve done with public schools in Philadelphia over the past few months. As you may … Continue reading

October 1, 2014
by Bryan Van Sweden
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Looking Down The Road: The PHMC’s Role in Regional Transportation Planning

Over the past several years the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has developed an innovative partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations … Continue reading