Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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August 1, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO is Hiring for a new National Register and GIS position!

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register and GIS experience? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking an Historic Preservation Specialist to work as a National Register reviewer and triage specialist, focused on historic districts and survey.

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July 27, 2022
by Pamela Reilly
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New Guidance for Road-Related New Deal Resources

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office has developed guidance on the evaluation of New Deal historic resources found along roadways. The project came about in response to an increasing number of requests for National Register evaluation of such properties through the Section 106 consultation process.

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July 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Historic Buildings Key to Economic Development Success: Deindustrialized Communities Market Study Final Report

PA SHPO is pleased to share the final report for the Deindustrialized Communities Market Study (DCMS).

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July 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO is Hiring a Review Archaeologist

Are you interested in joining a proactive and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists?  The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist with a discipline in archaeology within the Environmental Review division.  

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July 20, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! January – June 2022

There are 14 new National Register listings to share with you from the first half of 2022. They include an interesting range of institutional, ecclesiastical, commercial, educational, and industrial properties in 8 counties.  

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July 13, 2022
by Emma Diehl
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Mitigation Spotlight: Section 106 Agreements, December 2021-June 2022

In a given year, PA SHPO consults with federal agencies, applicants, and preservation stakeholders on thousands of federal undertakings in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For some context, PA SHPO staff reviewed over 5,100 federal and state projects in 2021.

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July 6, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Meet PA SHPO’s 2022 Interns!

There are many things my family and I looked forward to in 2022, like seeing a movie in theater again, visiting friends in person instead of Zooming, weddings, and lots more. In the PA SHPO office, I think I can safely say that the chance to host interns again was one of the most anticipated events of the year.

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June 29, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Reflecting on Year One of the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey

In late 2020, PA SHPO launched an ambitious, large-scale architectural survey called the Pennsylvania Baseline Survey, with a goal of adding approximately 27,000 new resources in 52 different counties over three years. In Year One, over 7,000 new records were added to PA-SHARE – just from Baseline Survey! Read on to learn about a few of the interesting finds…

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June 22, 2022
by Noël Strattan
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Paths in PA-SHARE

Back in July 2019, I shared with you the news that our interns had added the information from “Indian Paths of Pennsylvania” by Paul Wallace (1965) into CRGIS. This data set is one of the most frequently requested of the data we show, so I thought I would come back and tell you how to access these in PA-SHARE.

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Stone building with slides sloped to top in a wooded and grassy area.

June 15, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring African American Heritage in Pennsylvania’s DCNR Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania is rife in human history – if you’re in Pennsylvania, consider yourself surrounded with nearly 20,000 years of it! So, it should come as no great surprise that its 121-state park and over 2 million-acre forest system, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are steeped in both natural and human history.

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