Executive Director’s Message

From the Executive Director features news and reflections on the work of PHMC by its chief administrator.

Anyone familiar with historical activity in Pennsylvania cannot help but notice the tremendous expansion of his­toric preservation efforts during the 1970s. Various state-administered programs claim $47 million in federal assis­tance this year alone. Another indication of the strength of the movement is the over 850 properties in Pennsyl­vania now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, a figure which should surpass 900 by the end of this year.

The Historical and Museum Commission, through its Office of Historic Preservation, has welcomed the growth of preservation programs but felt concerned that citizens were not being properly informed about the numerous programs emerging in the field. Pennsylvania Preservation, a free, six-page newsletter, was initiated this spring in response to this concern. Filled with technical advice, assistance and other relevant information, the newsletter can be obtained by writing the PHMC’s Office of Historic Preservation, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120. I would urge anyone involved in preservation to subscribe to this valu­able publication.

William J. Wewer
Executive Director