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PA HB 2004: Contact your representative

Preservation Pennsylvania has been monitoring the business in the House and HB 2004 was not considered on Wednesday, May 20. It will be carried forward to the agenda for May 26. There is still time to reach out to your PA legislator and urge them to vote "NO" on HB 2004 which would strip Keystone grant funding that is a valuable tool for preservation, parks, libraries and more all across Pennsylvania. (Read our advocacy e-blast for more information.)
(Note: for those confused by the terminology, "removed from the table" means the bill is active. "Laid on the table" means it has been tabled for later discussion.)


Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. (Read the press release.) Twenty-four awards, representing projects and people across the state, were selected to receive recognition. To see the full list, please visit our Awards page under Programs.

Grant Opportunity

The Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund fund supports innovative projects and programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Note: Only Organizational Level Forum members or Main Street America members of the National Trust are eligible to apply.

The fund awards programs and activities that:
  • Facilitate positive dialogues between the diverse interests of historic preservation, land conservation, business development, transportation, and government in a search for common ground in protecting the environment
  • Stimulate the development of local and state policies that protect the cultural landscape and its resources
  • Heighten public awareness of or increase involvement in issues relating to the livability and sustainability of communities
  • Encourage innovative partnerships and approaches to open space conservation and historic preservation
Learn more about the Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Deadline for submission is June 15, 2020

become a member, get a book!Historic Pennsylvania book bonus!

For a limited time, when you order a gift membership (Advocate level and above) it includes a presentation card and a gift-wrapped, signed copy of Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the Top 100 National Landmarks by Preservation Pennsylvania's Executive Director Mindy Crawford.
The book is a carefully curated guide to the state's most intriguing and significant historic places, illustrated with full color photographs. It's perfect for both road-tripper and armchair enthusiast. Supplies are limited, so order today and we'll ship your gift membership on December 1. Questions? Contact Melonie Babich at or 717-234-2310 x4
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book coverNew book: Historic Pennsylvania by Mindy Crawford

Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the Top 100 National Landmarks by Preservation Pennsylvania's Executive Director Mindy Crawford is a carefully curated guide to the state's most intriguing and significant historic places. Illustrated with full color photographs, it's a great resource for both road-tripper and armchair enthusiast. Published by Globe Pequot.
Mindy is available for speaking appearances and book signings. Email your query to


Potential Partners Tour Mifflin House

Advocates stand in front of a farmhouse(November 8, 2019) -- Wrightsville, PA) Today, representatives from several public agencies, elected officials, non-profits, and private foundations toured the Mifflin House and surrounding land to discuss the potential for future protection and reuse of this important historic site.
Preservation Pennsylvania, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, The Conservation Fund, and other groups have been collaborating to preserve the c.1800 Mifflin House farmstead in eastern York County.
The tract is an Underground Railroad and Civil War historic site located near the Susquehanna River in Hellam Township, adjacent to Wrightsville Borough. Since the 1990’s, Kinsley Properties of York has been developing an industrial park around the site with the Blessing family, long-time owners of the property. In 2017, a plan to demolish the historic farmstead for additional warehouse development led to Preservation Pennsylvania including the property on its annual Pennsylvania At Risk list and start an effort to try and preserve the site. When the initial demolition request was denied, the process moved to the court system eventually going to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
In early 2019, a new plan was submitted and the Blessings, Kinsley, and Hellam Township agreed to a twoyear moratorium on demolition to allow the interested parties time to investigate costs, funding, and potential partners for preservation of the site. A coalition including Preservation Pennsylvania, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, The Conservation Fund, and other groups developed a concept for acquisition and adaptive use of the property. Today’s tour allowed the interested individuals and groups a chance to walk the site and see the potential.
“While no specific details on the plan or funding are available at this time, I’m very pleased with the progress we have made so far and the interest shown in preserving this important York County resource. We are grateful to the developer and owners for allowing us two years to seek a positive outcome,” said Mindy Gulden Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania.


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

Help spread the word and be an advocate for original 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. 
Preservation Pennsylvania offers a useful how-to guide: "Considering the Repair, Retrofit, and Replacement of Historic 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.

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Support preservation in style and shop our online preservation store.Now there are two ways to shop and support Preservation Pennsylvania: our t-shirt store (with a PA-based, family-owned business) or via Amazon Smile.
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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
  PA Historic Preservation Award Celebration Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Location: Easton
  PA Statewide Conference on Heritage Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Location: Easton, Sept 16-18

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