Join us on Thursday, October 12 to celebrate this year's honorees at the 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. We'll celebrate at the State Museum of Pennsylvania with First Lady Frances Wolf. Details about the 2017 award recipients and sponsorship opportunities are on our Awards page.
2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards
Please be an advocate!
As early as Monday, the Pennsylvania House may move on an effort that would gut conservation and preservation funds. Please reach out to members of the PA House to show them there's a strong constituency that supports conservation and preservation in the state. Be noisy on social media. Tell your friends. Thanks for being a passionate preservationist. Click here to read more in our latest e-news.
Update: Pennsylvania At Risk
The latest news on the Mifflin House. Click here for the York Dispatch article on the ZBA meeting.
The 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.
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.
Thank you for making a community connection
Many 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.
What 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 firstname.lastname@example.org -- thanks!)
Preservation to wear -- On sale now!
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.