State seeks local places to include in Inventory of Historic Places | Local News

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is asking residents of Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties to suggest historic places in their communities to add to the state’s inventory of historic places.

The multi-year initiative aims to collect baseline survey information on thousands of ancient and historic places in parts of Pennsylvania that are underrepresented in the statewide inventory.

The inventory helps Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) partners and state residents understand how the Commonwealth developed and evolved. Mapping also helps leaders make informed decisions about future plans within their communities.

It has been four decades since the PHMC launched a survey effort of this magnitude.

In one year, PA SHPO added over 7,500 properties in 17 counties. This year and next, the initiative plans to add approximately 19,500 additional spaces in 35 counties, including recreational properties, fraternal buildings, industrial resources, African American churches and cemeteries, ethnic communities and properties that represent local building styles and traditions.

Survey teams will travel statewide from April 2022 to early 2023.

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