Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office



March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites. 

Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded thanks to cultural resource management (CRM) projects and continued contributions from independent research projects, members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA), and long-time avocational archaeologists.

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March 3, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: Saving Cantini’s Mosaics

Last week’s blog post introduced the life and work of artist Virgil Cantini and highlighted the vulnerable position of postwar public art objects and installations, which often require special expertise to understand and articulate their significance for preservation. 

This week’s post recounts part of the struggle to save one of Cantini’s largest works of public art, which came dangerously close to disappearing forever.

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February 24, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors and outdoors, created by the late Virgil Cantini (1919-2009). 

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February 22, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Welcome to PA-SHARE!

PA SHPO is excited to announce the launch of PA-SHARE!

PA-SHARE is Pennsylvania’s new online GIS and project mangement system for working with cultural resources in the Keystone State.

You can access PA-SHARE at https://share.phmc.pa.gov/pashare/landing.

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February 17, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Recent Archaeology on the Upper Ohio River Floodplain

In 2014 and 2015, professional archaeologists conducted archaeological excavations along the Upper Ohio River in Beaver County.

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February 10, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Historic Eden Cemetery: Preserving Memory and Protecting Legacy

The creation of Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Delaware County was a collaborative effort by African Americans to provide a sanctuary in the Philadelphia area where African Americans could be buried with dignity and respect.

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February 9, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA-SHARE Basics: Wizards, Submissions and Projects

Today’s PA-SHARE Basics topic focuses on the process of sending information to PA SHPO through the PA-SHARE system.  This process is governed largely through Wizards, Submissions and Projects.

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