Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

October 6, 2021
by Casey Hanson
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Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania – 2021 Version

October is Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!  Every October, events and programs are held across Pennsylvania to celebrate the commonwealth’s deep past. 

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April 30, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement: We’re Hiring a Review Archaeologist!

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to serve as a Review Archaeologist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a detail oriented and flexible preservation professional … Continue reading

March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites.  Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded … Continue reading

May 11, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PAC’s Ira Beckerman

Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities. … Continue reading

October 9, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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The Society at 90: Celebrating the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s 90th Year with a Look at the Present and the Future!

This Archaeology Month, we are celebrating the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s 90th year. As part of that celebration, we are taking over the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office’s Blog for two weeks. Last week we looked at how the society … Continue reading

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January 23, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Archaeology for the People and by the… PennDOT?

Yep, you’re reading that right: the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) does archaeology!

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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

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June 6, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation Month recap

At the beginning of May, I promised we’d provide a recap of the #31for31 social media campaign to celebrate Preservation Month across Pennsylvania.  If you missed a post on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed, no worries! You … Continue reading

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May 31, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Add this to your summer reading list! #preservationhappenshere – PA’s Statewide Preservation Plan – is ready for you

Picture yourself – lounging poolside, lakeside, or on the beach – with your tablet or smart phone (or even good old-fashioned paper) enjoying the hottest summer publication that hasn’t yet made the New York Times bestseller list: #preservationhappenshere, Pennsylvania’s next statewide historic preservation … Continue reading

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May 1, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things to know about Preservation Month in PA

Preservationists across America are celebrating today as National Historic Preservation Month kicks off.