Pennsylvania Historical Marker Dedications

The PA Department of General Services, on behalf of the PA Historical and Museum Commission will accept non-binding letters of interest to potentially purchase land and buildings known as Ft. LeBoeuf, Washington Square Park and The Judson House in Waterford, The David Bradford House in Washington, French Azilum in Towanda and Old Mill Village in New Milford. Letters of interest are due Friday, April 11, 2014. Interested parties wishing to receive a copy of the Request for Interest (RFI) should view the Department of General Services website, search for Solicitation Type: RFI at eMarketplace or call Lisa Kettering at (717) 787-1321.

The Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) is offering the opportunity for preservation and traditional trade contractors, craftspeople and artisans to become pre-qualified to bid on preservation construction projects on historic buildings at PHMC's historic sites and museums throughout Pennsylvania. Go to the Preservation Construction Projects page for more information.

PHMC is now accepting applications for Keystone Historic Preservation Project and Construction Grants. The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and community revitalization. The grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Read the full press release.

PHMC is working in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently updated the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS), PHMC's publically accessible online historic and archaeological site database and mapping application.

The improvements focused on improving the site’s speed and functionality and making it easily accessible to more people.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania presents the exhibit "Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania." Featuring artifacts from the museum's permanent collections, the centerpiece of the exhibit is Peter F. Rothermel's epic narrative painting "Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett's Charge." The painting depicts the Union's successful defense of General George Pickett's charge on the third day of the battle.

The gallery also offers visitors an opportunity to see some Civil War objects not seen in decades. They include:
• A chair from General George Gordon Meade's Gettysburg headquarters
• A musket used by 69-year-old civilian John Burns who joined Union forces to defend the North
• Battlefield shot and shell

Read more about Objects of Valor:
New Civil War Exhibit Opens in Time for Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary (PDF)
The State Museum Commemorates the Civil War

During the past year, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been hard at work developing a strategic plan for 2012-2015. Read the PHMC Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and find out about the steps we're taking to achieve our Vision for 2020.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) released the official statewide historic preservation plan for 2012 through 2017. Entitled "Building Better Communities: The Preservation of Place in Pennsylvania," the comprehensive plan defines the role of historic preservation in revitalizing Pennsylvania communities.

Statewide preservation planning is one of the responsibilities required of the commonwealth's State Historic Preservation Office under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Pennsylvania History Code. This effort is overseen by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, which reviews and approves all state preservation plans. This plan represents more than two years of public input that included a Community Preservation Values Survey, eight regional public forums, five partner workshops facilitated by PHMC staff across the state and additional participation by PHMC's state agency partners.

Download Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2017, Full Report (PDF)

PHMC launched a mobile-friendly website to make it easier to find and explore nearby state-owned historic sites and museums. The site automatically recognizes smartphones and other mobile devices, allowing users to explore nearby historic attractions along the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. To view the website, visit PATrailsofHistory.com on a mobile device.