Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

October 19, 2020
by Multiple Authors
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PA-SHARE in Your Pocket means Efficiency!

PA-SHARE is an innovative platform designed to streamline project submissions. PA-SHPO’s staff, key stakeholders and digital experts came together to design an online system to unite data sources, streamline systems, reduce unnecessary searching, and speed reviews. One of the great results? … Continue reading

October 14, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Telling a Fuller Story about African American History in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Earlier this month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) announced a new pilot project with PHMC, PA DCNR, the states of Maryland and Virginia, and National Park Service Chesapeake Bay to identify, document, and map sites and landscapes in … Continue reading

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

September 23, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning through Mitigation in Western PA

In spring of 2015, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC (applicant) and the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) concluded consultation after 18 months of discussions under … Continue reading

July 29, 2020
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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No More Penn Pilot for Historical Aerial Photos!

PA SHPO recently learned that the Penn Pilot website for historical aerial photographs will be taken offline in the near future. Two new online websites offer free access to these photographs, so update your bookmarks!

July 15, 2020
by John Gardosik
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Documenting Historic Flood-Prone Communities in Central Pennsylvania

Over the last year, architectural historians and survey engineers with Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group have been documenting historic properties and communities in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties.

February 19, 2020
by Guest Contributor
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Of Paper and Parks: A Varied History of Mount Holly Springs

This week’s post about Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County is the third in our series about the Tri-County Survey for PA SHPO’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. In previous posts, we wrote about Lykens, Dauphin County and Blain, … Continue reading

One-story building with rail car

November 13, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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From a Creek Came a Village: A Brief History of the Town of Blain

Since our last update on the Tri-County survey project in Dauphin County, the Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group survey teams have crossed the Susquehanna River and begun surveying communities in Cumberland and Perry Counties.

August 28, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Lykens: A Case Study on the After-Effects of Flooding on Pennsylvania’s Communities

In the last installment about the ongoing Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative we focused on survey work in the City of Harrisburg. Since that time, the survey teams led by Commonwealth Heritage Group and ASC Group have moved on … Continue reading

July 24, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Disaster Planning in the Capital: Surveying the City of Harrisburg

As part of the Commonwealth’s Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative, the PA SHPO and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) have partnered to continue the state’s efforts to inventory flood-prone historic buildings for integration into the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Continue reading

Green Book cover

February 6, 2019
by Emma Diehl
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Offbeat Outing: The Green Book in Philadelphia

Some of my colleagues are known to check their Facebook accounts while they drink their morning coffee, and on more than one occasion that has resulted in a Facebook message or email with the subject line “I have a great … Continue reading