Pennsylvania Historical Marker Dedications

As part of The State Museum and Archives' 50th anniversary commemoration, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is hosting a juried photo exhibit at The State Museum focusing on Pennsylvania's wide variety of modern architecture. Featured will be submissions of photographs that display examples of mid-20th century architecture constructed in Pennsylvania between 1930 and 1980. Entries will be received online through June 30, 2015. The exhibit will open to the public on Sunday, October 25, 2015, and close February 28, 2016. Still have questions? Native Philadelphian and photographer Betsy Manning offered her insights on Midcentury Modern architecture during a recent Facebook Q&A. Manning, along with two others colleagues, is on tap to judge the Pennsylvania Modern Architecture Juried Photo Exhibit.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced the Pennsylvania Modern Architecture Juried Photo Exhibit which will run from October 25, 2015 through February 28, 2016 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

From March 4 through midnight June 30, PHMC is seeking submissions of photographs that display examples of mid-20th century architecture constructed in Pennsylvania between 1930 and 1980.

Entries may depict exteriors, interiors, and/or details of roadside architecture, schools, religious buildings, homes, commercial and recreational structures and other modern elements. Photos may have been taken anywhere in Pennsylvania since January 1, 2012. The exhibition is open to Pennsylvania residents 18 years of age or older, and all skill levels are welcome, from photo enthusiast to professional. Submissions will be accepted digitally.

Read the Summary of Entry Rules including rules, fees, deadlines and instructions.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) released the master plan for Washington Crossing Historic Park. The master plan focuses on land management, identifying the best and highest use of the parkland and defining physical improvements that will support the vitality and long-term sustainability of the park. Read the press release or download the full Washington Crossing Historic Park Master Plan (PDF, 11 MB) which includes an executive summary, background, recommendations and next steps.

Never before seen footage of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt walking was unveiled at the Pennsylvania State Archives. The film was shot in 1937 by Harrisburg native and Major League Baseball pitcher James (Jimmie) DeShong on his 8mm home movie camera.

Pres. Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down by polio in 1921. In the film, he is walking up a ramp in Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium. Pres. Roosevelt is wearing braces on his legs as he holds an assistant’s arm and grasps a handrail to make it up the steps. It is one of only two known extended film clips in existence showing Pres. Roosevelt walking. Read the full press release and watch the video.

The National Park Service has awarded $1,500,000 to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to undertake disaster-related relief and planning initiatives in 18 counties including Bedford, Bucks, Cameron, Dauphin, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, and Wyoming. A sub-grant program, administered by PHMC will be developed to reimburse the cost of repairs to historic properties which were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Go to the Hurricane Sandy Project page for more information.

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 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 on a mobile device.