Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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June 14, 2017
by Karen Galle
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2017’s Newly Approved Markers

I am happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 18 new historical markers!

As you’ll see from the list below, over half of the approved subjects are for markers in Philadelphia County. The Marker Program encourages broad distribution, so we’d love to see more individuals and organizations from Pennsylvania’s other 66 counties research their history and develop nominations for people, places, events, and innovations in their own backyard. Continue Reading →

June 7, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Guidance for the Treatment of Historic Bridges

Wherever you travel in Pennsylvania, you are likely to cross a historic bridge. These bridges are an important part of the cultural landscape and a link to Pennsylvania’s transportation and engineering history. Eventually these bridges need some level of work to continue providing a safe passage, but what is the best way to execute this work without diminishing the bridges’ historic character? By consulting and applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (the Standards) for guidance.

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May 31, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Adams County Fruit Belt makes $ense

Beginning in the early 19th century, and becoming more widespread in the years following the Civil War, fruit orchards of one type or another have dotted the South Mountain landscape in northwestern Adams County. Today, Adams County is home to the largest fruit growing industry in Pennsylvania. Continue Reading →

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May 22, 2017
by Hannah Harvey
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Special Announcement: Geospatial Standards for Report Submissions

Last month, we announced changes in how we would like to receive archaeological and architectural reports. These changes are designed to streamline the review process and to reduce paper copies. In addition, we are now requesting shapefiles for survey areas and resources so that we can process your data into CRGIS faster and with greater accuracy.

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May 17, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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We need YOU for the 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards!

Some days it can be tough to be a preservationist. Demolition takes place after a hard-fought battle. Funding for a project doesn’t come together. Local government approves a terrible design for development on a historic landscape. We’ve all been there with a bad case of the preservation blues. Continue Reading →

May 10, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Asset Mapping for Chester’s Third Presbyterian Church

This week’s post in honor of National Preservation Month talks about the tool of asset mapping and how its being used to re-imagine a new life for a local landmark in Chester, Delaware County. Continue Reading →

May 3, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservation People & Places Worth Celebrating

As many of you already know, May is national Historic Preservation Month.  What better way to kick-start our month-long celebration of historic preservation than with this year’s winners of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards.

If you’re not familiar with the Preservation Alliance, they are the Philadelphia region’s non-profit, membership-based historic preservation advocacy group.  Their work focuses on actively promoting the appreciation, protection, and revitalization of the Philadelphia area’s historic places and spaces and advocating for strong public preservation policies. Continue Reading →

April 26, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Join us in Carlisle for 2017 Statewide Conference on Heritage!

You spoke and we listened! After all the rave reviews about last year’s downtown-centered location for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, this year we’re poised to take over historic Carlisle from Wednesday, June 14 to Friday June 16. Continue Reading →

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April 25, 2017
by Hannah Harvey
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Special Announcement: Changes for PA Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)

This spring, change is in the air for the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)!

Archaeologists from the PA SHPO and State Museum of Pennsylvania have worked together to revise the PASS Site Identification Criteria and to devise new procedures for handling isolated finds and non-site collections. Continue Reading →