Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



Houses along street

June 12, 2019
by Karen Arnold
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Titusville, Drafting Community-Focused Design Guidelines to Promote Preservation

Design guidelines have long been considered the “level” in the preservation toolbox. 

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June 5, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preservationists are flocking to Chambersburg in June

Each year we meet to share and learn at the Statewide Conference on Heritage and to be inspired at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. This year, those two inspiring events combine offering preservation festivities from June 19-21 in Chambersburg. For the first time, we’ll host an all-day Pennsylvania Barn & Farm Symposium.

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

May 29, 2019
by Barbara Frederick
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2019 Updates to PA’s Agricultural History Project

This post contains updates  to the statewide agricultural context, also known as the Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project, through May 2019. The updates include the following components which are provided in the document 2019 Updates to PA Agricultural History Project – Additional Guidance for Using Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Context:

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Historic photo of men working outside building.

May 22, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Preserving Laurel Hill CCC Camps – Part 2

This post is the second of two highlighting the work of two recent interns to preserve WPA-era Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Laurel Hill State Park.  You can read Part 1 and the history of the park in this post.

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Large group of men standing in forest.

May 15, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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CCC History @ Pennsylvania’s Laurel Hill State Park

This post is the first in a two-part series written by former interns highlighting the CCC history and historic resources at Laurel Hill State Park and the work the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the PA SHPO are doing to preserve and celebrate them as part of the Laurel Hill landscape.

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Metal truss bridge over water

May 8, 2019
by Guest Contributor
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Saving the Watts Mill Road Bridge: Part 1

The biggest obstacle for a small trail or historic preservation group to assume ownership of a historic bridge is usually funding.  They operate on lean budgets and do not always have the extra resources to purchase, rehabilitate and maintain a historic bridge. However, a success story is in the making with the transfer of the Watts Mill Bridge from PennDOT to the people of Beaver County.

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April 30, 2019
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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#PreservationHappensHere

May is Historic Preservation Month and what better way to kick it off than with a fun – and impactful – social media campaign about our favorite hashtag, #PreservationHappensHere!

#PreservationHappensHere! isn’t just the title of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan. It’s also the idea that great preservation activities are happening every day across the commonwealth.

Use the #PreservationHappensHere! hashtag in your social media posts to discover, share and celebrate the older and historic places in your community.

Tell us how preservation is happening where you are! The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) will select the next Community Initiative Award winners from the people, places, events and projects that use the #PreservationHappensHere hashtag or tell us about their #PreservationHappensHere story here.

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April 24, 2019
by Cory Kegerise
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Out of the ashes: Taking stock of our own landmarks in the wake of Notre Dame

The fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame in mid-April was a tragedy felt around the world.  In a digitally-connected age, viewers from all parts of the globe were able to watch the flames engulf the centuries old landmark in real time and collectively grieve in ways previously unimaginable. The fire will become an important part of the building’s history and provide important lessons about the fragility of our shared heritage for successive generations.  But I am also hopeful that the response to the fire and its aftermath will be equally instructive and help give this tragedy some meaning and purpose.

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