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Preservation Pennsylvania Guides

Preservation Pennsylvania (with support from members and donors like you) creates publications designed to be helpful resources for preservation work or exploring heritage in Pennsylvania.

You might want to start with these two studies published by Preservation Pennsylvania in 2011.

Executive Summary: The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Activities in Pennsylvania

or its companion report, Policy Recommendations to Strengthen the Power of Preservation

Legacy love

LEgacy BUsinesses

We love  exploring Pennsylvania's wonderful legacy businesses, generally defined as family-owned for at least three generations and/or operating in the same location more than 50 years.

Our first edition featured places like the Lincoln Motor Court, the soda counter at Adams & Bright Pharmacy, and loads of diners, shops and more that will make you smile!

The fabulous Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap curated our second edition. Click the covers to download a pdf version for your next road trip.

As Mod Betty says, love them or lose them! (Promote your favorites on social with #LegacyLovePA so we can all find them and support them.)



Learn to make informed decisions about your historic preservation project with a series of steps to help evaluate feasibility, build partnerships and more. Click here to download the pdf version.

This project was supported by the National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Program. The points of view in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the position of the Department of the Interior.


To explore the economic benefits of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Tax Credit (PA HPTC), Preservation Pennsylvania commissioned this study: "The Missing Key: A Study of the Impact and Potential of the PA HPTC."

Click for the Executive Summary or Full Study.

This study was partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Provides useful information to advocate for saving historic windows rather than replacing them. Helpful for HARBS and CLGs. Click here to download.

This project was 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.


Published in 1990, this has remained an important guide to managing a preservation crisis. Click here to download a copy.

Produced with funds from the Philadelphia Intervention Fund—a Preservation Pennsylvania grant program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts—this handbook was reprinted in its entirety as a National Trust for Historic Preservation Information series publication.