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Bureau for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Office

The Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) is part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and serves as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Learn more About the Bureau for Historic Preservation.

Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2017
Building Better Communities: The Preservation of Place in Pennsylvania

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

County and local governments are invited to endorse this Plan by resolution of your governing body and implement the actions that are relevant to your community. Endorsement of the Plan will assist in fulfilling important Municipalities Planning Code requirements such as land use management, future development and housing.  We encourage you to contact your regional Community Preservation Coordinator to develop a local historic preservation plan tailored to the needs of your municipality.





  • Forms and Guidance List of all BHP programs forms and guidance in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.
  • File Room Policy (PDF) Rules and instructions for patrons using the Bureau for Historic Preservation's resource records.
  • Laws & Regulations List of state and federal laws related to historic preservation.

  • News, Training & Issues Up-to-date information and news from the BHP including Preservation News & Notes newsletter.

  • Preservation Plan Pennsylvania's five year plan for historic preservation efforts in the Commonwealth.

  • Recording Resources How to steps and forms to surveying and recording archaeological and historic resources.

  • Staff Directory List of BHP employees and contacts for each program.

  • Marcellus Shale- Best Practices Set of best practices for historic and archaeological preservation while working with Marcellus Shale drilling.


  • Agricultural History Project Comprehensive tool used to protect agricultural resources. Includes historical narrative, field guide, census information and maps.

  • Architectural Field Guide provides general background on the architectural types and styles prevalent throughout the Commonwealth.

  • Cemetery Recordation and Preservation provides resources to parties interested in learing about cemetery preservation, including laws, guidelines and tools, and survey forms.

  • Cultural Resource Essential Series Information on a series of lectures and workshops aimed at educating cultural resource professionals.

  • School Preservation Smart Growth Schools is an initiative that looks to promote the reuse of existing neighborhood schools


Please Note: By submitting materials with respect to state or federal historic preservation programs administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), you grant to the PHMC the rights to:

  • use the materials for education and promotional purposes and to promote the mission of the PHMC;
  • publish the materials on the PHMC Web site; and
  • make the materials available to researchers and scholars.