Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission markers that have been damaged by careless drivers or worn down over time are being restored to their former glory by a new maintenance contractor, Craig Wise of Clearfield, writes Karen Galle for the Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office.
Pennsylvania has 2,325 PHCM markers, including 63 in Chester County and 57 in Delaware County, and ensuring their ongoing maintenance is a top priority.
The State Historic Preservation Office, which is a bureau within the PHMC, evaluates bids on the contract for maintenance services every five years. This year, the winning bid was submitted by Wise.
Soon after winning the bid, Wise was hard at work. During his travels, he worked on a bronze plaque attached to a large boulder in Somerset, inspected the recently refurbished Bald Eagle’s Nest marker in Milesburg, and reinstalled the Bellefonte Air Mail Field marker.
“I get a lot of satisfaction when we retrieve a marker that is damaged or showing years of wear, and we do a full restoration before returning it almost as good as new,” said Wise.
Read more about PHMC marker maintenance from the Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office by clicking here.