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Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board Information

Each State historic preservation program is required by the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, to maintain an adequate and qualified State Review Board (in Pennsylvania, known as the Historic Preservation Board).


Duties of the Historic Preservation Board

  1. Review National Register nominations and nomination appeals;
  2. Review and provide advice about the State's Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and the State's Annual Historic Preservation Fund Grant;
  3. Provide general advice and guidance to the State Historic Preservation Officer (PHMC Executive Director); and,
  4. Perform other duties as may be appropriate.


Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board

  1. Is a primarily professional body that provides professional advice on historic preservation matters. "Primarily professional" means that a majority of the members must meet minimum professional requirements established in regulation by the National Park Service; and represent certain professional disciplines established by the Act.
  2. Must be able to objectively carry out their duties. This is the reason for the National Park Service's requirements that all State Review Boards establish and abide by rules of conduct that avoid conflict of interest.


2024 Meeting Schedule

February 6

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board's meeting for February 6, 2024 will be held via Microsoft Teams teleconference.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM.

The meeting is open to the public.  Please contact Elizabeth Rairigh at or (717) 705-4035 with questions about how to access this meeting. (TDD users: Pennsylvania Telecommunications Center 7-1-1).

June 4

Location TBD

The meeting is open to the public.  

October 8

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board's meeting for October 8, 2024 will be held in Harrisburg, PA.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM.

The meeting is open to the public.

Historic Preservation Board Members

Ben Ford, Ph.D., Chair

Jennifer Robinson, Vice Chair

Ira Beckerman, Ph.D., RPA
New Cumberland

Johnette Davies
Preservation Planner

Katherine Wyrosdick

Angelique Bamberg

John M. Evans, AIA

Matthew Falcone
Preservationist and Community Advocate

Brian Black, PhD.
Distinguished Professor of History and Environmental Studies 
Penn State Altoona

Derrick L. Tillman

Martina Bacarella, AIA, NCARB 
Architect, Preservationist