Philadelphia is the Nation's First World Heritage City

Philadelphia joined the Organization of World Heritage Cities (more info ovpm.org) in November 2015, thereby becoming the first "World Heritage City" in the United States. The city achieved this designation because we have a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value", Independence Hall, and because of the rich array of historic buildings and cultural sites located throughout the city, including 67 National Historic Landmarks.

The World Heritage City designation elevates Philadelphia, giving it a new status among international cities. This achievement comes at a time when Philadelphia is evolving as a place to visit, live, and ultimately do business. We are pleased to be recognized as a city of global distinction and to join a prestigious network of 300 World Heritage Cities from around the world.

Seizing Opportunities as the First World Heritage City in the United States

Three fundamental goals:

  1. To promote preservation and appreciation of our geographical, historical and cultural heritage through the World Heritage City designation and continued education.
  2. To provide a powerful economic and cultural stimulus to the region.
  3. To inspire citizens and residents to feel pride in their World Heritage City.

> Learn more about the Strategic Plan for Philadelphia

> Read about the World Heritage City Project

> Discover Philadelphia's 67 National Historic Landmarks

 

What does it mean to be a World Heritage City? - Jill Horner (Comcast Creative) speaks with Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of Global Philadelphia Association, about Philadelphia becoming a World Heritage City:


Resources

The Philadelphia World Heritage City Seal

This open-source logo can be used in any and all of your non-mercantile materials. Click here to read more information about the seal, to download the file and the usage guidelines.

Philadelphia World Heritage City - The Film!

The Philadelphia World Heritage City film is a 28-minute documentary written and narrated by University of Pennsylvania Professor of History of Art, David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., FSAH, and produced and directed by filmmaker Sam Katz.

Watch the movie in English or with subtitles in 12 different languages.

 

Philadelphia World Heritage - Tool Kit for Educators

This document was created by teachers, for teachers, who desire to educate youth on Philadelphia’s heritage as well as underrepresented world regions. The Tool Kit is a product of a joint venture between Global Philadelphia Association, the City of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania’s South Asia Center, Middle East Center and Center for East Asian Studies.

Learn more and download the document.

 

Philadelphia World Heritage - Lessons Plans

About African-American History, US History and World History.

See the list of lessons plans and download them

 

The Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book

This tool is meant to help children, from age 5 to 11, become familiar with the historical and cultural heritage of Philadelphia, while having fun and being creative.

Learn more and order


GPA's World Heritage Education and Community initiatives

World Heritage Day 2017 at Tilden Middle School:

 


World Heritage City Commitees

Discover who is working on this project in our city.

Do you want to be a part of this and support our work?

Join the World Heritage Society! Click here to learn more.

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Thank you to our Founding Members

Thank you to our Founding Corporate Sponsors


 

Curious about other World Heritage Sites around the world? Click here to enlarge the map!