About the Bureau for Historic Preservation

The Bureau for Historic Preservation is part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and serves as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The Commission is the Commonwealth's official history agency, and the Executive Director is designated as the State Historic Preservation Officer. Oversight of the Commission is provided by a board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor.

The bureau administers the state's historic preservation program as authorized by the Pennsylvania History Code (PDF, 104 KB) and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Our work is guided by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board, the Commonwealth's historic preservation plan, Building Better Communities: The Preservation of Place in Pennsylvania, and Keystone Principles for Growth, Investment, and Resource Conservation (PDF, 25 KB)

The role of the bureau is to identify and protect the architectural and archaeological resources of Pennsylvania. Our responsibility is to work with individuals, communities, local governments, and state and federal agencies to educate Pennsylvanians about our heritage and its value, to build better communities through preservation tools and strategies, to provide strong leadership, both individually and through partnerships, and to ensure the preservation of Pennsylvania's heritage.