Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



October 6, 2021
by Casey Hanson
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Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania – 2021 Version

October is Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!  Every October, events and programs are held across Pennsylvania to celebrate the commonwealth’s deep past. 

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September 29, 2021
by Bill Callahan
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The Flagship City is now a CLG!

The PA SHPO extends hearty congratulations to Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, the City of Erie, which on May 17th, became one of Pennsylvania’s newest Certified Local Governments (CLG).

The certification of Erie City as a CLG is the latest success in a long string of preservation projects and initiatives undertaken by public, private and non-profit entities in Erie County that illustrate the well-trod aphorism If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

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September 22, 2021
by April Frantz
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George Nakashima Woodworkers Property, a National Historic Landmark and Source for Inspiration and Peace

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the idyllic George Nakashima Woodworkers property in Solebury Township, Bucks County three times, once for “work” but each time a genuine pleasure, and I will jump at any chance to return. I hope this deep-ish dive into the story behind George Nakashima and his property inspire you to learn more and visit.

The Nakashima complex (PA-SHARE Resource #2007RE01239) was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service (NPS) in 2014, one of 169 NPS “Landmarks” in Pennsylvania.

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September 15, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Drone Imagery and Geographic Information Systems for Historic Preservation

The intersection of technology and historic preservation is nothing new as the field has embraced new and different ways to engage with people, diagnose issues in buildings, and find long-buried archaeological sites.  This week’s post by Christine Musser of the West Short Historical Society and Harrisburg University tells the story of how drones were used to document a historic property.

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September 8, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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“A common field one day. A field of honor forever.”

Each person has one event in their lifetime that is so significant that they will say for the remainder of their lives “I remember exactly where I was standing when I heard the news.” An event so significant that it seemed as if time stood still. 

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September 7, 2021
by PHMC
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Historical Marker Program Update

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is making some changes in its state historical marker program.

After a holistic review of the Pennsylvania Historical Marker program, PHMC staff have been working on changes that will improve customer service for users of this popular program, bring the new marker policy and evaluation process into the program cycle, and implement PHMC’s DEIA goals. 

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September 2, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historical Marker and Diversity Coordinator

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is looking for a dynamic person to fill our Historical Marker & Diversity Coordinator position to expand our efforts to identify, document, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s diverse stories, places, and spaces.

This is a great opportunity to work with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking preservationists, historians and archaeologists!

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September 1, 2021
by smassey
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The Gamble on this Mill Paid Off

The Gamble Mill at 160 Dunlap Street in Bellefonte, Centre County, PA was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 1975, as one of the only remaining grain mills in the county and one with surviving original 18th and 19th century spaces and materials.

As the National Register designation makes the building eligible for the Federal and State Historic Tax Credit programs, the current owners developed a reuse plan to save and rehabilitate the historic Gamble Mill.

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August 25, 2021
by Cory Kegerise
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Welcoming Milford to the CLG program!

Travel north along Route 209 through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and you’ll arrive at the Borough of Milford, Pike County. The small town of nearly 1,200 full time residents appears like Brigadoon as you leave the lush forests of the Water Gap and has a long and layered history. Milford is also one of the newest Certified Local Governments in Pennsylvania with a lot of preservation success stories packed into a little place.

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