Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office



February 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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4 places; 635 years of Pennsylvania’s history

Each year, the statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania puts out a call for nominations to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, made up of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. In 2018, four remarkable places that are part of Pennsylvania’s history were added to the list and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities for the year. Continue Reading →

February 7, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Studying African American history in Pennsylvania

February is national African American history month.  All over the country, communities are discovering, celebrating, and acknowledging the places that tell the stories of African American history and experience.  This is the perfect time for us to talk about one of our newest initiatives to study African American history in Pennsylvania. Continue Reading →

Andrea Lowery and Sean Adkins discuss her background before coming to PHMC. Photo by Don Giles, PHMC.

January 24, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Get to Know PHMC’s Executive Director!

If you’ve been reading our blog with any frequency, you know that we believe that a large part of what makes PHMC great is the people who work here.  This interview with PHMC’s Executive Director, Andrea W. Lowery, gives you a chance to get to know her better. Continue Reading →

Smoothed exterior and shell-tempered ceramic sherds of Edinburg Phase Mahoning Ware recovered from the Ashton Cemetery Site (36LR0165).

January 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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Punching through the Plowzone

Archaeologists are always on the ready for the next mythical idea of what we are and what we do. We don’t dig dinosaurs or find buried treasure (at least the kind that entails riches untold). We don’t all work in academia and, yes, our parents likely told us there were no jobs in archaeology.

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This photograph shows the front of the Anderson House.

January 10, 2018
by Karen Arnold
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The Keystone Program Helps Plan a New Fine Art Museum in Bedford County

Bedford County sorely lacked a fine art museum after its previous institution dissolved in 2013. Two years later, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) decided to expand their satellite museum program into Bedford Borough and identified a historic building on Pitt Street as a prime location for the new fine art center. Continue Reading →

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December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post.  Continue Reading →

This photograph shows a large poster of agricultural regions and informational banners.

December 20, 2017
by Multiple Authors
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Dig into Your Roots at the 2018 Farm Show

So, you are enjoying the delights of the Farm Show and you misplaced your spouse and kids. Where to find them? At the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission booth at the 2018 Farm Show? Maybe not, but you might find older generations of your family there. Continue Reading →

December 13, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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Erie’s culture, heritage shine in new preservation plan

By Liz Allen, Preservation Erie

Erie County’s story spreads out across the land and spills out across the water. Our tales are told through architectural treasures and our narrative is shaped by our natural environment. We’ve unearthed our roots by preserving our immigrant past, while we continue to reinvent our future by welcoming new Americans. Continue Reading →