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Cultural Resources Geographic Information System

Henry Schimmeling House- 1902

Archaeological dig 

CRGIS is a map-based inventory of the historic and archaeological sites and surveys stored in the files of the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP).  To get started, go directly to the system homepage.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been collecting information concerning archaeological sites and historic resources for the greater part of a century. Currently there are approximatley 23,000 archaeological sites and 130,000 historic properties in these files. Access to these paper records is free and open to the public by appointment at the BHP office in Harrisburg. CRGIS is a means of accessing some of these data without a trip to Harrisburg.

Web access to all of the historic resource data is open to the public. Access to archaeological site locations and detailed site information is restricted and password protected and will be granted to qualified individuals on a need to know basis. Two levels of restricted access are available: one for planning professionals and one for archaeological professionals. Visit the Register section of our Web site to register for a password.  The "Ask ReGIS" function will allow you to query the underlying databases in a variety of ways to look for sites that are of interest to you.

CRGIS is an ongoing initiative, and tables and associated data will undergo staged enhancements and constant updating. Users are encouraged to notify CRGIS about additions or corrections that may be needed by using the "Feedback" function of the "Ask ReGIS" page. Please include references or other documentation for changes or additions. New sites will be added when received. Please refer to our Recording Resources section for more information on submitting resources for inclusion in the CRGIS.

CRGIS is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and PennDOT, with financial support from the Federal Highway Administration, the Baltimore District of the Army Corp of Engineers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Contact us at 

  Name Description
PDF Documents crgis_printing.pdf CRGISprinting
PDF Documents CRGIStermsConditions.pdf Cultural Resources Geographic Information System Terms and Conditions
PDF Documents File Request Form Complete this form prior to visiting the BHP's Research Room
PDF Documents Finding_National_Register_CRGIS.pdf How to find a National Register Listed property using CRGIS
PDF Documents Tutorial - Locating Topo Maps.pdf Instructions for map submissions
PDF Documents Tutorial 1 - Sign In Register & Begin.pdf How to start using CRGIS
PDF Documents Tutorial 4 - Reading Results Guide for understanding and interpreting your search results
PDF Documents Tutorial2_maptools.pdf Guide for using the Map Tools in CRGIS
PDF Documents Tutorial3_AskReGIS.pdf Guide for the Ask ReGIS database query tool

Ask Regis

Today's Ask Regis Tip:

New Sign In Procedures!!

Go to homepage.

Public Access: Just hit the green "Open CRGIS" button on the main header bar.

All Registered Users: Use the "Sign in" option on the right end of the header bar and use your current credentials and then hit the green button.