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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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Update: Pennsylvania At Risk

Mifflin HouseThe Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office in Harrisburg has accepted the conclusions of extensive research establishing that the endangered 215-year-old Mifflin House in Hellam Township, York County, was a site where some of the nation’s earliest anti-slavery efforts took place that helped to lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement that by the late 1830s became known as the Underground Railroad.

The site’s history was documented in a 65-page research report submitted by Preservation Pennsylvania, the only statewide, private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties.

On May 26, staff at the State Historic Preservation Office determined that the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places based on the property’s use as a safe house where formerly enslaved people of African descent were given shelter and support in the free state of Pennsylvania as part of the Underground Railroad Movement, from about 1815 well into the 1850s.

 
 

Bridging the Gap: How to get involved with PennDOT projects

Sign up with ProjectPATHParticipate! Be a voice for your local historic places! Learn how to find upcoming PennDOT projects in your area and how to have a say in the planning process using ProjectPATH. Already a user? Attend and provide feedback about your experience.
 
You have two chances to participate in these FREE workshops.
 
June 15 in Carlisle: 11am at Denny Hall, 199 W. High Street, Carlisle Please RSVP here and bring a friend!
 
June 21 in Bethlehem: 6pm at the National Museum of Industrial History, 602 East 2nd Street. Please RSVP here and bring a friend! 
 

Bullets to Broadway: A Preservation Tale

Bulletes to BroadwayDiscover the behind-the-scenes details of the miraculous transformation of a unused armory building into a bustling center for enrichment offering live theater, music, dance, film and other local events. Preservation Pennsylvania Board member A. Roy Smith will describe how the shared vision of four people almost a decade ago became a reality -- from the building's remarkable history to the creative thinking that went into financing its transformation. The building's new role as the heartbeat of historic West Chester is a testament to the power of volunteers and vision!

Join us in West Chester on Tuesday, June 20. Doors and cash bar open at 6pm.

Click here for tIcket information at the Uptown! Theater website.
 
 

ATTN: HARB members!

NAPC Camp opportunityCome to CAMP!
Preservation Pennsylvania and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) are presenting NAPC’s day-long CAMP workshop in Bloomsburg (Columbia County). These workshops bring in speakers from around the country and are specifically designed to train members of review boards, historic preservation commissions, and local officials.

This daylong training will cover the basics that every HARB and local commission needs to be effective. Topics include Legal Basics, Meeting Procedures, Building Public Support, Identifying and Designating Historic Resources, Standards & Guidelines, and Hands on Design Exercise.

Doors open at 8am, program begins at 8:30am. Join us in the Town of Bloomsburg for this fun and informative workshop!
 
 
This program is supported by a Certified Local Government grant from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. This workshop has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of these agencies. This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. 
 
 

Now accepting submissions for the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

Presented each fall by Preservation Pennsylvania, the annual awards recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by both individuals and organizations. Recognition encompasses the categories of preservation initiatives, construction and archaeology projects. Pennsylvania's highest honor, the F. Otto Haas Award, is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to preservation made by an individual or group.
 
Eligible projects must have been completed in the last five years:
June 1, 2012 – January 31, 2017.
 
We look forward to receiving your submissions! Please help us spread the word and share with your favorite preservation people and the people you know involved in outstanding preservation projects!
 
 
 

2017 Pennsylvania At Risk list

Preservation Pennsylvania announced the 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk list in early February. Please visit our At Risk program page for all the details and updates, including information about how you can get involved.
 
Members received a copy of the Pennsylvania At Risk publication in the mail, with more details on each of this year's sites, plus ideas on how you can get involved. A digital download is available on the At Risk program page.
 
Want to help change the outcome for the 2017 Pennsylvania at Risk places? Please Share the Love and give what you can to contribute to a new future for these special sites.
 
Please give and help At Risk places 
 
MEDIA: Click here for 2017 PA At Risk press release. Hi-res photographs are available on the At Risk program page.
 

 

Thank you for making a community connection

Mindy Crawford leads discussionMany thanks to everyone who made the time to come out to the Community Connections Open House sessions across the state. Your insights and opinions will help shape the next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan that will create a vision for historic preservation in Pennsylvania for the next five years and guide decision-making, policy, and planning at the local, state, and regional level. The PA State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) will release the plan in 2018.
 
 

 

guide to historic windowsWhat About the Windows? Help Save Them!

Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to announce publication of "Considering the Repair, Retrofit, and Replacement of Historic Windows." Useful for HARBS and CLGs, the guide also provides useful information for individual preservationists to advocate for saving historic windows rather than replacing them. 
 
 
Help spread the word and be an advocate for original windows!
 
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office via the Certified Local Government program, and is made possible by cooperation of the Boroughs and HARBs of Gettysburg, Bellefonte and Mercersburg.
 
(Know of a great window restoration/refit expert? Send us the info at ssmith@preservationpa.org -- thanks!)
 

Preservation to wear -- On sale now!

Order our Preservation Pennsylvania t-shirt!Announcing our brand-new preservation t-shirts and merchandise. Support preservation in style and shop our online preservation store.
 
Please note that all items are made to order and there is a delay of up to a month between placing your order and receiving your order. (That means you need to plan ahead if you're buying a gift for that special preservationist in your life!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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. 
 
 
  Upcoming Events
20
JUN
  From Bullets to Broadway: A Preservation Tale Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Location: Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380
21
JUN
  FREE: Bridging the Gap:How to get involved with PennDOT projects! Eastern Region Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: National Museum of Industrial History, 602 East 2nd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
24
JUN
  Summer "CAMP" for HARB members! Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Location: Bloomsburg, PA
28
JUN
  DEADLINE for PA Historic Preservation Awards submissions! Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Location:
13
OCT
  Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Location: Harrisburg


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