Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

May 8, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#FavoritePAPlaces: PDC’s Julie Fitzpatrick

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

This photograph shows two late 19th century buildings along a street in Bradford, PA.

April 22, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Supporting Pennsylvania’s Main Streets

As one of PA SHPO’s Community Preservation Coordinators, one of the more heartening things I’ve observed (and participated in) the past few weeks has been the response of many Main Street communities and their partners to the COVID 19 crisis.

July 31, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Getting to Know Mod Betty Better

In the second installment of this two-part interview with Pennsylvania Historic Preservation blog, Mod Betty discusses her research methods, her main influences, and “the ones that got away.”  Missed Part 1? Read it here!

April 30, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#PreservationHappensHere

May is Historic Preservation Month and what better way to kick it off than with a fun – and impactful – social media campaign about our favorite hashtag, #PreservationHappensHere! #PreservationHappensHere! isn’t just the title of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan. … Continue reading

Carved pumpkins

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

Vintage postcard with hashtag

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

October 25, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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How Humanities-Based Community Development Can Foster a More Democratic Future

What role can the humanities play in community development– and how can they foster a more democratic future for small towns and cities across America?

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

February 1, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Community Connections: Survey Says!

Did anyone else hear Richard Dawson’s voice yell this out when they read the title of our post today?  Perhaps I’m dating myself by knowing who first hosted Family Feud.  We didn’t host our own preservation version of one of America’s … Continue reading