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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.

 

2021 Meeting Schedule

February 2

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board's meeting for February 2, 2021 will be held via Microsoft Teams teleconference in light of ongoing public safety measures being undertaken because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM.

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

June 1

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board's meeting for June 1, 2021 will be held via Microsoft Teams teleconference in light of ongoing public safety measures being undertaken because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM.

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

October 5

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board's meeting for October 5, 2021 will be held via Microsoft Teams teleconference in light of ongoing public safety measures being undertaken because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM.

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


Historic Preservation Board Members

Rob Armstrong, Ph.D., Chair
Historian
Philadelphia

Jayashree Shamanna, Vice Chair
Architect
Scranton

Megan Tooker
Historic Landscape Architect
Bellefonte

Lynne Calamia, Ph.D.
Historian/Museum Administration
Philadelphia

Christine Ussler, AIA
Architect
Bethlehem

Ira Beckerman, Ph.D., RPA
Archaeologist
New Cumberland

Johnette Davies
Preservation Planner
Philadelphia

Ben Ford, Ph.D.
Archaeologist
Indiana

Katherine Wyrosdick
Planner
Erie

Angelique Bamberg
Consultant
Pittsburgh

Jennifer Robinson
Philadelphia
Preservationist

John M. Evans, AIA
Architect
Pittsburgh

Matthew Falcone
Preservationist and Community Advocate
Pittsburgh

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

Derrick L. Tillman
Developer
Pittsburgh