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Call for Nominations: 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk 

Is there a beloved place in your community that's threatened with inappropriate alterations, negative changes to its surroundings, deterioration, or demolition? Nominate it to the 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk list.
Deadline: November 4

Listing puts statewide focus on the building's plight, promotes local action, and encourages additional state funding for historic properties. Preservation Pennsylvania will waive field service fees for At Risk Properties for the year, and provide additional services and support (e.g. letters of support for the Keystone Grant). Click here to visit the At Risk page and download the nomination form.



Preservation Pennsylvania is currently seeking proposals from interested organizations/communities to host the 2017 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage. For more information, visit the Programs tab and click on Conference/Workshops. (Or just click here!)
Deadline: October 31

PA State Historic Preservation Office wants to hear from you!

The PA State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is preparing 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. (Scheduled for release in 2018)

Your ideas and opinions are needed! Be heard!

1. Click here to take the Community Connections: Public Survey - Deadline: October 31

2. Join us at one of the public sessions taking place across the state.
Tuesday 10/25 – Galeton, Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Thursday 10/27 – Erie, Manchester Schoolhouse
Thursday 11/3 – Scranton, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
Monday 11/7 – Bethlehem, Fowler Family Southside Center
Thursday 11/17 – Philadelphia, Arch Street Meeting House
Tuesday 11/29 – Pittsburgh, Senator John Heinz History Center
Wednesday 11/30 – Johnstown,Heritage Discovery Center
Please drop by any Open House between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30. You can expect to meet PA SHPO staff, mingle with some of our local preservation partners, share your thoughts and opinions, and leave knowing you’re part of something bigger.

We encourage you to stay for one of the scheduled discussions, led by Preservation Pennsylvania’s Executive Director Mindy Crawford or the PA SHPO’s Director Andrea MacDonald, that will take place at 4:30-5:30 or 6:30-7:30.

Open Houses are FREE. Registration encouraged, but not required. Bring along colleagues, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome! More information and sign up/registration available by clicking here.
3. If you can't attend in person, you can still "tune  in" and follow along with a public session via Facebook Live on the PA SHPO Facebook page. Share ideas in the comments.(Note: Availability of this option may vary from session to session.)


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 -- thanks!)

Advocacy Attire

windows t-shirtOur historic windows t-shirt lets you support Preservation Pennsylvania's statewide work and spreads the word about saving original windows! Available in short-sleeve and long-sleeve in a variety of colors.


With great sadness, we share news of the passing of Louis J. Appell, Jr., He was a founding member of Preservation Pennsylvania, a generous and longtime supporter of our organization, and chairman of our Board of Advisors. He's pictured here (at left) with fellow F. Otto Haas Award recipients Caroline Boyce, Janet Klein and Tom Hylton at the Preservation Pennsylvania Awards in 2012. His wisdom and encouragement will be missed.
Read more about Mr. Appell's legacy in Central Pennsylvania and York County in this article from the York Daily Record.

Thank you, sponsors and conference attendees for contributing to the success of the 2016 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage!   

The 2016 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage took place June 6-8 in Lewisburg (Union County).
To access conference presentations, visit the conference website at

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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!)

Making the case for preservation

If you've ever wished you had something to give the Powers that Be to convince them about the value of historic preservation, perhaps the article, "Planning for Preservation: What it means for your borough" by Preservation Pennsylvania's own Erin Hammerstedt will help! Erin offers a list of ways preservation can contribute to downtown revitalization. This article originally appeared in the February 2016 Borough News Magazine, a publication of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

Pennsylvania At Risk Announced!

Pennsylvania At Risk 2015
On February 2, from the steps of the Lewistown courthouse, Executive Director Mindy Crawford announced new additions to our list of the state’s most endangered historic resources.
The eight sites were selected from nominations submitted by the public in 2015 and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities in 2016. Visit our Pennsylvania At Risk page for all the details.

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.

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.

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