Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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October 11, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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The Keystone Grant and the Mystery of the Missing Piazza

Ever wonder just how much scholarship of construction chronology is behind your visit to a historic property in Pennsylvania?  Or how that research is funded?  Woodford is one of Fairmount Park’s most carefully documented and researched buildings because of its architectural significance and as its interpretive use as a historic house museum.  Recorded in the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) in 1932 and listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1963, the building was studied and theorized by architectural historians for decades.  The Naomi Wood Trust at Woodford Mansion turned to the PA SHPO’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program for financial help to plan the historic restoration of Woodford’s 1772 piazza on the west elevation of the 2-story main house. In addition to sifting through all of those relevant published sources and past theories, an archaeological investigation would be the foundation to restore this missing element. Continue Reading →

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October 2, 2017
by Cory Kegerise
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Certified Local Government Reboot – Public Comments Welcome

The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program has been part of the national preservation toolbox since the early 1980s.  Like other programs established by the National Historic Preservation Act, the CLG program is administered by each State Historic Preservation Office based on state-specific guidelines approved by the National Park Service.  Pennsylvania’s CLG guidelines procedures were last updated in 2009, but haven’t changed substantially since the program started almost 30 years ago.  That’s all about to change!  The PA SHPO has recently released a draft of proposed changes to the CLG program and will be accepting comments from the public until December 4, 2017. Continue Reading →

September 27, 2017
by Hannah Harvey
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Archaeology Month: Celebrating Recordation, New Insights, and Preservation

Fall is always an exciting time of year for archaeologists across the state as we gear up to celebrate Pennsylvania Archaeology Month each October!  I know it’s a bit early, but I didn’t want anyone to be caught off-guard come October 1st. Continue Reading →

September 20, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Listening to the Public: Results of the Marketing Archaeology Survey

In the previous Marketing Archaeology blog post, we introduced you to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible Armstrong Site and the associated current Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) road reconstruction and widening project . Continue Reading →

September 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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The Power of Preservation: Announcing 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Celebrating projects from all across the state of Pennsylvania, twenty-three people and projects will be honored at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards on October 12. Continue Reading →

September 6, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Historic Communities (by design) are Healthy Communities

About a month or so ago, I was checking my APA PA news feed at lunch one day and saw a post about taking a survey about how “healthy” my community is.  I always try to take surveys like this – because they are important and matter and because I know how hard it can be to get people to participate in these kinds of things. Continue Reading →

August 30, 2017
by Heather Myers
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Datasets on PA Historical Markers and Agriculture Now Online

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is pleased to announce the recent addition of two datasets to OpenDataPA: Pennsylvania Historical Markers and the 1850 Agricultural Production in Pennsylvania.  Wondering what datasets and open data have to do with the PA SHPO? Lots, apparently.

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August 23, 2017
by Bill Callahan
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CLG Spotlight: Pittsburgh

From Philadelphia (Pop. 1.5 million) to Mercersburg, Franklin County (Pop. 1500) and located in over a third of Pennsylvania counties, the Certified Local Government (CLG) program provides exclusive funding and technical assistance for local governments. This week’s post introduces us to Pittsburgh as a CLG and provides a glimpse into the amazing things they are doing through this program. Continue Reading →

August 9, 2017
by Karen Arnold
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Pine Bank Covered Bridge at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Recently, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission collaborated with the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village to preserve one of the oldest covered bridges in Washington County. Continue Reading →