PA-SHARE Strengthens Preservation in the 21st Century

  It has been more than 50 years since the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) was created. Over the past half century, PA SHPO has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians, municipalities and partners through state and federal historic preservation programs like the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Tax Credits, Pennsylvania Historical Markers, Keystone Grants,...
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Community Initiative Awards Honor Historic Preservation Successes

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has announced its Community Initiative Awards for 2020. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, municipalities, agencies and others for their hard work and dedication in achieving preservation successes throughout the commonwealth. The awards are a program of PA SHPO’s innovative statewide historic preservation plan,...
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Community Initiative Award Recipients Featured in PA SHPO Videos

A core mission of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is to educate the public regarding state and federal preservation programs. The production of testimonial videos is one way in which PA SHPO shares preservation’s positive outcomes and its importance for Pennsylvania’s many diverse communities. In 2018 PA SHPO honored three organizations with Community Initiative...
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From the Executive Director

For almost six years it has been my privilege and honor to serve as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC). This July I will complete my 50th year of public service as an educator, historian, museum director and preservationist. I can think of no better way to spend a life than in promoting and protecting America’s history and culture. It is very...
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Seeing the Light at Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Visitors to Glen Foerd on the Delaware marvel at the decorative plasterwork that surrounds the domed, stained-glass laylight crowning the mansion’s central staircase. On tours they see, from their vantage point on the third-floor landing, beams of light pouring in through the 15-foot interior skylight, bringing into sharp relief the buttery yellow plaster with inlays. But until last...
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Lost and Found

Lost In bold defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which required citizens to aid in the recovery of runaway slaves, Quaker abolitionist Thomas Bon­sall offered sanctuary to escaping slaves on his farm in West Caln Township, Chester County. Bon­sall, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad for thirty years, secreted southern run­aways in the second-floor granary of his bank barn, a stop...
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Herpel Brothers Foundry and Machine Shop

The Herpel Brothers Foundry and Machine Shop, built in Reynoldsville, Jeffer­son County, in 1905 for German immigrants Charles A. Herpel (1856-1945) and Henry Herpel (1861-1951), is a significant vestige of the small northwestern Pennsylvania community’s industrial heritage. The Herpels relocated to Reynoldsville during the region’s lumber boom, and in 1884 they purchased the foundry...
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Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall

To celebrate its thirtieth birthday this year, the Please Touch Museum is giving young Philadelphia residents and visitors a very special gift: the launching of an intensive rehabilitation of Fairmount Park’s opulent Memorial Hall to serve as its new facility. Built as an architectural showpiece for the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition that celebrated the one hundredth anniversary...
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Gettysburg High Street School

A historic school building in Gettysburg, Adams County, is being given a new lease on life through a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant, awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). The High Street School, completed in 1858 as the community’s first consolidated public school building, was based on plans by noted Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan (1815-1884)....
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