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2016 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

This year's award luncheon on Friday, October 14 will 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.
Can't make it to the awards luncheon but want to participate? Make a donation in honor of Preservation50 and be listed on our "Wall of Fame" in the awards program. Click here or the Wall of Fame thumbnail at right to be taken to the donation page. Select your amount and enter "Wall of Fame" in the special instructions at check out.
Note: If you've been craving one of our preservation t-shirts, place your order by September 23 and avoid the shipping fee by picking up at the awards!



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!)
Don’t delay; submissions are due October 31


Take the PHMC Preservation Plan Survey!

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)

One of the most important parts of this process is the online survey that asks Pennsylvanians what they value in their communities, their concerns for the future, and the priorities that matter to them.

Click here to take the Community Connections: Public Survey -- it will take only a few minutes of your time. Then share the link with your colleagues, friends, and neighbors.

The survey is anonymous (won't even capture your IP address!).
DEADLINE: October 31


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.
  Upcoming Events
  Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Location: The Yorktowne Hotel, York, PA, 48 E. Market Street
  50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: Nationwide!

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