Preservation Trails

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, it’s natural to look back on the work undertaken by PHMC staff through the years. As an agency, PHMC has helped to shape the history profession and Pennsylvania’s landscape through a wide range of preservation projects at Pennsylvania Trails of History sites, as well as through its role as the State...
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Building a Future with the Preservation Trades Apprenticeship Program

Mention the word “apprentice” and many Americans will undoubtedly think of the wildly popular reality television series, The Apprentice, starring none other than The Donald — billionaire real estate developer, business executive, entrepreneur, and author Donald Trump. In Pennsylvania, an innovative partnership between the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Thaddeus...
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A New Way of Learning How to Preserve the Past

There is one question that Carole Wilson, historic preservation specialist for the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC), is repeatedly asked by historic home owners: “Where can I find someone qualified to do this work?” Many owners of historic houses and buildings throughout Pennsylvania wrestle with the same dilemma – where do they find someone who possesses the...
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Letters

So Relevant I wish we had Pennsylvania Heritage when I was in school. I date to the years when history classes consisted of little more than rote memorization of places, people, and dates. Thanks to your magazine for making Pennsylvania’s history so relevant. I enjoy all the articles in your magazine, but the story by Bill McShane [“‘With a Woman’s Instinct’: Mira...
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Teaching the Trades of Preservation

Among the many responsibilities with which the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is tasked are the preservation and interpretation of historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History®, educating both residents and visitors about the Keystone State’s history and heritage, and enhancing the cultural environment for all residents. The State Historic...
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