GPA Celebrates Second Day of World Heritage Week by Honoring Philadelphia’s NHLs

In honor of World Heritage Week, Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) celebrated Philadelphia’s heritage preservation initiatives on May 27 by giving away free copies of the Philadelphia Heritage Map.

Philadelphians were invited to post a picture of their favorite National Historic Landmark (NHL) on social media with the hashtag #NHLinPHL. The first 100 users who posted to the tag were eligible to receive a free copy of the Philadelphia Heritage Map.

Philadelphia is home to 67 of the nation’s 2,618 NHLs. GPA unveiled the Philadelphia Heritage Map in June 2019 to increase public awareness for Philadelphia’s lesser-known cultural and historical sites, including its NHLs and community-identified sites of significance.

The map itself is composed of an illustrated print version and an online database that contains information about each site. The illustrated print version is an intrinsically Philadelphian product: it was designed by local artist Greg Lytleand printed by the local company Fireball Printing. To supplement the printed copy, the map’s online database features a Google map of the sites depicted in the print edition as well as pictures and information about their heritage. The Philadelphia Heritage Map’s online database can be accessed on GPA’s website here.

For anyone who missed out on the chance to win a copy of the Philadelphia Heritage Map during World Heritage Week, individual copies can be purchased for $1.95 each here. For more information about ordering larger quantities, pricing sheets can be found here.

About World Heritage Week

Ever since Mayor Jim Kenney instituted World Heritage Day in 2016, Philadelphia has traditionally celebrated its world heritage on the fourth Thursday in May. This year, GPA will host five days of virtual events and festivities from May 26-30 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Philadelphia receiving its World Heritage City designation. Each day’s events will take place on GPA’s social media platforms: 

In addition to the festivities, GPA will hold a #GiveBack campaign throughout the week to raise money for its charity partner, Nationalities Service Center, to support immigrants and refugees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on World Heritage City Week, visit GPA’s website

Article written by Tasnim Hasan on behalf of the Global Philadelphia Association