Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



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 help communicate what historic preservation is and why it matters.

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December 11, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Summer Plans? Be a Keystone Intern!

One of the most important parts of a student’s education is an internship.  It is an opportunity to gain real-life work experience, explore the many different types of things people in the real world do in your field of interest, and build personal and professional relationships that can support you throughout your career. 

We’d like to invite college and graduate school students interested in historic preservation, archaeology, community planning, cultural resources, architectural history, public history, and other related fields to apply to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s (PHMC) Keystone Internship program for their Summer 2020 interning experience. 

This paid, 12-week-long opportunity is an excellent way for you to build your portfolio while helping PHMC and the PA State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) preserve Pennsylvania’s important older and historic places.

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Old color postcard showing a large white building with tall columns and triangle roof along a street.

December 4, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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An Architectural Masterpiece: Visiting Founder’s Hall

I have a fascination with historic architecture.  That is what launched me on in my career path.  There is just something about a well-designed building that strikes awe in me.  I feel it when I enter the state Capitol Building here in Harrisburg or when I walk through a quaint Lancaster City neighborhood.  It amazes me that an architect inspires so much with his work. 

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November 27, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Marking Thanksgiving

Knowing I’d need to write a post for Thanksgiving week, I went to my favorite internet search engine and typed in “Thanksgiving and Pennsylvania”.  Among the hundreds of results was one for a Pennsylvania Historical Marker.  Really? We have a marker related to Thanksgiving? 

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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 Initiative Award.

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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.

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November 6, 2019
by Pamela Reilly
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Let’s Raise a Glass to the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition! (Preferably at a historic brewery)

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. In Pennsylvania, a state with a large number of breweries, courtesy of our English and German ancestry, as well as an excellent climate for the growing of hops and malt, the impact was dramatic.

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October 23, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Finding a New Life for the Inwood Iron Bridge

When travelling between Schuylkill and Lebanon County, some may prefer to skip Interstate 81 and take the more scenic route past Swatara State Park.  The park is relatively recent in its formation, created in 1987, and DCNR continues to make infrastructure improvements to provide access to recreational opportunities within the park including biking, hiking, boating, and fishing.

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