Historic Contexts

Historic contexts help assess the significance of a property by determining if a property represents a significant part of history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture of a geographical area.  In order to decide whether a property is significant within its historic context, the following five things must be determined:

·         The facet of prehistory or history of the local area, State, or the nation that the property represents;

·         Whether that facet of prehistory or history is significant;

·         Whether it is a type of property that has relevance and importance in illustrating the historic context;

·         How the property illustrates that history; and finally

·         Whether the property possesses the physical features necessary to convey the aspect of prehistory or history with which it is associated.

Contexts must be developed for evaluating and nominating any property to the National Register of Historic Places. 

For purposes of this web page, historic contexts related to Pennsylvania’s historic properties are organized by National Register Areas of Significance. Some historic contexts have been formally approved by the National Park Service and other are white papers and are intended to serve as guidance documents. Context documents are also accessible by searching "Archaeological and Historic Survey" reports through the Ask ReGIS function of the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. The effort to add context documents to the CRGIS and PHMC web pages is ongoing so we encourage you to check back periodically for newly added information.

Additional Resources

·         National Register Bulletin: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form, Section V: How to Evaluate a Property within its Historic Context

·         BHP Historic Context Guidelines: How to prepare a Historic Context for Individual Properties and Historic Districts 

·         Pennsylvania Architectural Field Guide

·         Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) Information and Tutorial

 

Historic Contexts Organized by Area of Significance
Agriculture  
1991-M001-011 Farms in Berks County, Pennsylvania
1994-M001-051 Greensboro/ New Geneva Architecture c. 1790-1944; Settlement, Transportation Improvements, and Development of the Greensboro/New Geneva Area c. 1760-1944; Greensboro/New Geneva Glass Industry 1797-1858; Greensboro/New Geneva Pottery Industry c. 1800-1914
1989-M001-011  Gristmills in Berks County, Pennsylvania
2007-M001-042  Agricultural Resources of Pennsylvania, c1700-1960
1994-M001-071  Historic Farming Resources of Lancaster County
1990-M001-071  Tobacco Buildings in Lancaster City
1992-M002-042  Historic and Architectural Resources of the Upper Delaware Valley, New York and Pennsylvania
1992-M001-042 Whiskey Rebellion Resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania
   
Architecture
1995-H001-042 A Study of the Vernacular Architecture of Central and Southwestern PA with a Particular Emphasis on the Barns of These Regions
2011-M001-042  Folk Log Structures in Pennsylvania 
1994-M001-051  Greensboro/ New Geneva Architecture c. 1790-1944; Settlement, Transportation Improvements, and Development of the Greensboro/New Geneva Area c. 1760-1944; Greensboro/New Geneva Glass Industry 1797-1858; Greensboro/New Geneva Pottery Industry c. 1800-1914 
2011-M001-017  Log Houses In Bucks County 
2009-H002-101  Modernism, 1945 to 1980, in Philadelphia 
2012-H003-042  USPS Nationwide Historic Context Study:  Postal Facilities Constructed or Occupied Between 1940 and 1971 (draft)
1982-M001-029  The Thomas Thematic Group (A part of the Multiple Resource Nomination of West Whiteland Township) 
1992-M001-042 Whiskey Rebellion Resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania 
 
Community Planning and Development  
1981-M001-101  The Four Public Squares of Philadelphia TR
2012-H001-101  Historic Context for the City of Philadelphia 
1995-M001-101  Public Housing in Philadelphia 
2010-H001-042  Research Guide for Developing a Context for Evaluating Post World War II Suburbs 
2012-H003-042 USPS Nationwide Historic Context Study:  Postal Facilities Constructed or Occupied Between 1940 and 1971 
   
Conservation   
2007-M003-042 Lumber Heritage Area Management Plan 
1984-M001-017  Historic Resources of New Hope Borough 
1985-M001-029  West Branch Brandywine Creek Multiple Resources 
2000-3536-055 Historic Context Statement and Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Forms for Michaux State Forest 
   
Education  
2007-M002-042 Historic Educational Resources of Pennsylvania: Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Pennsylvania, 1682-1969
2007-H006-042 Pennsylvania Schools Survey Summary Report
1986-M001-101 Philadelphia Public Schools Thematic Resources
1986-M001-003 Pittsburgh Public Schools Thematic Group 
Engineering   
123985  Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Landmark 
1990-H006-042  Blair County and Cambria County PA: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites Abstract 
1991-H001-061  Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites [large file - it may open slowly] 
1994-H001-129 Westmoreland County Pennsylvania:  An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites [large file - it may open slowly]
   
Ethnic Heritage  

2009-M001-042

African American History in Pennsylvania, 1787-1949 - DRAFT

1996-M001-042

African American Churches of Philadelphia, 1787-1949 
1994-M001-051 Greensboro/ New Geneva Architecture c. 1790-1944; Settlement, Transportation Improvements, and Development of the Greensboro/New Geneva Area c. 1760-1944; Greensboro/New Geneva Glass Industry 1797-1858; Greensboro/New Geneva Pottery Industry c. 1800-1914

2009-M001-042 

Pennsylvania's African American Historic Resources, Survey Report of Findings, 2009 
1992-M002-042 Historic and Architectural Resources of the Upper Delaware Valley, New York and Pennsylvania 

2000-H002-042 

Vigilance in Pennsylvania: Underground Railroad Activities in the Keystone State, 1837-1861 
   
Exploration and Settlement   
1994-M001-051 Greensboro/ New Geneva Architecture c. 1790-1944; Settlement, Transportation Improvements, and Development of the Greensboro/New Geneva Area c. 1760-1944; Greensboro/New Geneva Glass Industry 1797-1858; Greensboro/New Geneva Pottery Industry c. 1800-1914
1992-M002-042 Historic and Architectural Resources of the Upper Delaware Valley, New York and Pennsylvania
1992-M001-042 Whiskey Rebellion Resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania
   
Health and Medicine    
1983-H001-042  Historic Survey of State Hospitals for the Mentally Retarded, Youth Development Centers, State Restoration Centers, State General Hospitals 
1983-H002-042  Historic Survey of State Mental Hospitals in Pennsylvania
   
Industry  

1989-H001-042

A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania 

1997-M001-003

Historic Aluminum Industry Resources of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1888-1947 

1997-M001-042

Anthracite-Related Resources of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1769-1945

1993-M001-042

Bituminous Coal and Coke Resources of Pennsylvania, 1740-1945 

1990-H006-042

Blair County and Cambria County PA: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites 
1994-M001-051  Greensboro/ New Geneva Architecture c. 1790-1944; Settlement, Transportation Improvements, and Development of the Greensboro/New Geneva Area c. 1760-1944; Greensboro/New Geneva Glass Industry 1797-1858; Greensboro/New Geneva Pottery Industry c. 1800-1914

1993-H001-129 

Historic Resources Survey of the Aluminum Industry in Westmoreland and Allegheny, Pennsylvania 

2012-M001-101

Industrial and Commercial Buildings Related to the Textile Industry in the Kensington Neighborhood of Philadelphia 

1989-M001-061

Industrial Resources of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, 1870-1930

1991-M001-042

Iron and Steel Resources of Pennsylvania, 1716-1945  

1997-M003-042

Oil Industry Resources in Western Pennsylvania, 1859-1945 

1989-H001-021 

The Character of a Steel Mill City: Four Historic Neighborhoods of Johnstown, PA 

2003-M001-042 

Thematic Study and Guidelines: Identification and Evaluation of U.S. Army Cold War Era Military Industrial Historic Properties

1990-H001-061

The Company Towns of the Rockhill Iron and Coal Company: Robertsville and Woodvale, PA 
1992-M002-042  Historic and Architectural Resources of the Upper Delaware Valley, New York and Pennsylvania
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 



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