Update of Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Preservation Plan Could Include Your Photo

The state is in the process of updating its comprehensive preservation plan and wants to see what you think is important to Pennsylvania’s history.    The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is inviting you to share photos of historic places to illustrate the updated plan.  The photos are being displayed on line and some will be included in the official plan.

Scott Doyle, Division manager for Grants and Historic Markers, says it could be a building that’s restored, that’s threatened or needs preservation.  It could be an archaeological resource, a streetscape or a rural landscape.

 Doyle says since this is a plan for all of Pennsylvania and for Pennsylvanians who value their historic resources, they want the public to submit photos of what they value.

All you need to do is take a photograph and email it to papreservethis@yahoo.com.  He says they will review the photo and upload it to their Flickr account. Some photos will be selected for the comprehensive plan.

Doyle says you can learn more at the commission’s web site, phmc.state.pa.us.  

While you can submit photos through the end of the year, there is a deadline of October 31st if you want a chance to have your photo included in the plan.

Doyle says even if you don’t have a photo to submit, please visit the flicker site to see what people have submitted, www.flickr.com/patrailsofhistory.

Doyle says the photos are broken down on the website by region. He hopes the “This is My History” photo campaign will also engage people who generally are not involved in historic preservation or archaeological  preservation to take an interest in it and share their thoughts.