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Preservation Pennsylvania is
the Commonwealth's only statewide, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources.

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2015 Pennsylvania At Risk

The list draws statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources, promotes action to protect historic properties, and encourages additional state funding for historic places. Properties on the list are given priority in Preservation Pennsylvania's programs and resources.

Nominations closed November 6, 2015

For more information, visit our At Risk page under the Programs tab above or click here.


Hit the road! The Pennsylvania Turnpike is 75

The 2015 Destination Pennsylvania newsletter landed in member mailboxes recently. Celebrating the 75th birthday of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the 50th birthday of the modern State Museum of Pennsylvania, we hope the Auto-palooza, Mid-Century Magnificent edition may inspire you to plan a road trip to discover some of Pennsylvania's charming locales, legacy businesses and happening historic places. The newsletter offers some suggestions, but if you want more ideas, click on the links below.
And since the new edition provides you with your own Preservation Pretzel to accompany you on your travels, please share your discoveries with us using #PresPA on social media or send them along to us.
There are 18 recommended travel itineraries at VIsitPA, just pick a topic, from ghosts or fall foliage to civil war history or artistic inspiration.
The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in SW PA offers "Routes to Roots" so you can explore the flavors and folk life of the region.
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor celebrates the golden age of automobile travel on the first coast-to-coast highway.
Roadside America is your "online guide to offbeat tourist attractions."
RetroRoadmap's Mod Betty will steer you to "cool vintage places and retro fun."
If you love Victorian architecture, check out the Oil Region Alliance website for information on charming little towns.
You can start with these, but a quick search will uncover loads more online resources for exploring all that Pennsylvania has to offer.
Don't miss out on receiving our information-filled newsletters and other benefits of membership.

2015 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

Thank you to all! The annual Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon took place Friday, September 25 at the Zembo Shrine Center in Harrisburg.
Congratulations to this year's recipients of a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award! Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Awards continue a tradition started in 1979 to honor excellence in preservation. The annual awards recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by both individuals and organizations.

Many thanks to our generous corporate and individual sponsors, highlighted on our sponsor page.
The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award categories include:
  • Initiative Awards in the areas of Community Involvement; Communications; Education; Local Government; Stewardship; and Emergency Response
  • Construction Awards honoring outstanding preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation projects and/or pre-construction documentation, technical innovation and achievement in these areas: Residential; Commercial/Industrial; Public/Institutional; Special Historic Properties
  • Special Focus Awards such as Sustainability in Historic Preservation; Preservation Planning; Leadership in State Government and State Issues; or Grassroots Advocacy; or the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation, or Archaeology
  Members received the awards newsletter at home. You can view an online version by clicking here.

Thank you!

A big thank you to our planning partners, PHMC, PennDOT, DCNR, our sponsors (at right), speakers and everyone who joined us at the 2015 Statewide Conference on Heritage!
Presentations are now available on our conference PROCEEDINGS tab. Click here to visit the conference website.

work crew poses outside one of the 1940s cottages at Lincoln Motor Court 
Thank you to all who came out to lend a hand and have some fun at our Preservation in Progress event at the
Lincoln Motor Court!
5104 Lincoln Highway
Manns Choice, PA
June 12, 13 and 14, 2015


In a report released today, Preservation Pennsylvania, the statewide historic preservation nonprofit, announced seven properties it has added to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, an annual listing of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. The seven highlighted properties were identified in 2014 through nominations submitted by the public, and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s priorities in 2015.
The Pennsylvania At Risk list includes important resource types, and common or noteworthy issues faced by historic properties in the state. In addition to demolition and potential loss due to deferred maintenance, key issues include:
1) loss of vitality due to closure of a downtown government facility;
2) impacts from inappropriately sited intensive development; and
3) physical and economic challenges faced by municipalities and property owners due to substantial increases in flood insurance premiums. 
Preservation Pennsylvania is committed to helping people protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s endangered historic properties and will work with them to overcome these threats and preserve and rehabilitate these significant historic places in the coming year.
Learn more about this year's properties in our 2014 Pennsylvania At Risk publication, available online (click here) or request a printed copy by emailing or calling the office.
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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Preservation Pennsylvania every time you shop, at no cost to you. Bookmark the Preservation Pennsylvania Amazon Smile portal where you’ll find the same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon's regular website, yet with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Preservation Pennsylvania.

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ProjectPATH Photo Contest
And the winners are....
Many thanks to all of the photographers who entered this year's contest and congratulations to all the winners, who will receive a free one year membership in Preservation Pennsylvania and whose photographs will appear in the 2015 ProjectPATH calendar.
Jeff Tripodi, Bridgewater Crossing, Beaver County, Photo voted Facebook Fan Favorite!
Paul g Wiegman, Lower Humbert Covered Bridge and Trail Bridge near Confluence, Somerset County
Patty O'Brien, Bridge near Wissler Run, Holtwood, Lancaster County
Martin Schamis, Schuylkill Canal Lock 60, Mont Clare, Montgomery County
Cleo Fogal, Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House, Rockwood, Somerset County
Justin M. Hamel, Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct, Nicholson, Wyoming County
Oren B. Helbok, Sherman Creek Bridge, near Duncannon, Perry County
Thomas Caldwell, Knox Covered Bridge, Valley Forge, Chester County
Matthew Harris, Dyottville Glass Works Archaeology Site, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Frederik Togsverd, Schofield Forge Covered Bridge, Newtown, Bucks County
Christopher Litherland, View of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Preservation Pennsylvania's 2013 Commonwealth Impact Report is now available online.
Click on the image to the left to download this document, which highlights the organization's activities, accomplishments and impacts for 2013, and recognizes our members and supporters. 
Pennsylvania Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Information Available  
Click here for more information.  
How to Protect and Preserve the Historic Places That Matter to You
This four-part document is intended to provide you with the information and tools that you may need to make informed decisions about your historic preservation project. 
The entire document is now available here.


State Historic Tax Credit Established!!! 
After sixteen years effort, Pennsylvania became the 30th state to offer state historic tax credits that will work as a companion to the widely used federal historic tax credit.  Click Advocacy Alerts under the Advocacy tab for details!

Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the publication of Policy Recommendations to Strengthen the Power of Preservation as a companion report to the Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Activities in Pennsylvania released by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  Click here.
  Upcoming Events
  Pennsylvania At Risk 2016 Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Location: TBD

Every Place Matters Annual Giving Society Members 

Preservation Pennsylvania is grateful to the following individuals and organizations  for their generous sponsorship of the places in Pennsylvania that matter most to  them!  This assistance makes our statewide work possible.  Thank you!

Thomas B. Hagen
Commonwealth Sponsor

Fallingwater/Western PA Conservancy
Fayette County Sponsor
Mrs. Donald L. Felley
Susquehanna County Sponsor

Ginger and John Finlayson
York County Sponsor 
Ann Greene
Philadelphia County Sponsor
A. Roy Smith
Chester County Sponsor
If you would like information regarding how to sponsor the Pennsylvania place that matters most to you, please contact us.  
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