Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

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January 13, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Kicking Off PA SHPO’s Baseline Survey Effort

PA SHPO is kicking off a three-year effort to collect baseline survey information about thousands of older and historic places across a huge part of Pennsylvania.

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January 6, 2021
by Karen Arnold
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A New Year – Is a Keystone Grant Project A Resolution?

Happy New Year!  As much as I would like to count 2021 as a fresh start and forget all about 2020, I first must share how impressed I am with the resilience of our museum and preservation community and its … Continue reading

November 25, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Resource Round-up: PHMC’s Resources for Native American History in Pennsylvania

Since 1990, November has been recognized across the United States as Native American Heritage Month. In Pennsylvania, the story of the Native American peoples who lived in what is now the commonwealth is largely told through archaeology and the sites … Continue reading

August 28, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

As part of PHMC’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA), PA SHPO identified ways in which underrepresented stories and places in Pennsylvania can be better identified, documented, and celebrated.

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June 2, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#ReadyForPreservation: Tools & Tips to Support Your Downtown’s Recovery & Revitalization

Pennsylvania downtowns are the economic, social, and cultural heart of many communities. Downtown buildings, businesses and activities often reflect a community’s history, values and economic core as well as the aspirations of local leaders and community members.

March 18, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO’s 2018 Community Initiative Award Winners

The Community Initiative Award from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes organizations, municipalities, agencies, individuals, and others whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s recently released statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservationHappensHere. The 2018 awardees are the Walk … Continue reading

December 18, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Testimonials in Pennsylvania’s Preservation Tool Box

One of PA SHPO’s core missions is to educate the commonwealth’s citizens about state and federal historic preservation programs. We can’t do it alone, so we do our best to provide interested citizens, advocates, and partners with the tools to … Continue reading

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November 20, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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And the 2019 Community Initiative Winners are….

Each year, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) recognizes the hard work and dedication of outstanding organizations, municipalities, agencies, and individuals whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, with a PA SHPO Community … Continue reading

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

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January 2, 2019
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Vision for Preservation in Pennsylvania

In May 2018, as my daughter Josie was putting elementary school behind her, Pennsylvania’s new statewide historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere, was released. The plan was developed with a series of guiding principles in mind, engaged thousands of Pennsylvanians, gathered and … Continue reading