Historical and Cultural Resources

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National Parks ServiceNational Parks Service – The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, “We the People.” Explore Franklin’s Philadelphia and learn about the past and America’s continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders’ Declaration that “all men are created equal.”

Logan Circle (Swann Fountain) is one of Penn’s original five squares (Northwest Square), and it, too, was once used as a burying ground. In 1821 the ground was being used as a pasture — difficult to imagine today — and on February 7, 1823, William Gross was hanged here — the last public execution held on the spot.(more…)

The National Constitution CenterThe National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park and a program of national outreach, so that We the People may better secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

The Philadelphia ZooThe Philadelphia Zoo’s42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year.

Adventure Aquarium, NJAdventure Aquarium – Immerse yourself in our watery world and get ready to experience the life aquatic at the Adventure Aquarium on the Waterfront. Now you can get hands-on, up close and more interactive than you ever imagined with these creatures of the sea.

Philadelphia Free LibraryPhiladelphia Free Library – Our Library offers you one of the country’s most extensive collections – more than 6 million items, ranging from books and magazines to art, music, film, and other media. In addition, you can enjoy the richness and depth of our special collections.


Founded in 1947, CCRA is one of the city’s oldest and most powerful civic associations. It is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of life in the area between South Street and JFK Boulevard, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.

wswcaThe purposes of the Washington Square West Civic Association shall be to foster, protect and promote the welfare of that section of the City of Philadelphia, bounded by the east side of Seventh Street, the north side of Chestnut Street, the east side of Broad Street and the south side of South Street, to maintain an organization for the improvement of conditions generally in the aforesaid area for all persons including business and professional people who work in said area of the City of Philadelphia, and to engage in such other activities as may be necessary or incidental to the exercise of any or all of the aforesaid purposes.

Society Hill Civic AssociationThe Society Hill Civic Association(SHCA) is a pro-active volunteer organization serving more than 5,000 residents in over 3,000 households in the section of Philadelphia bounded by Front and Eighth Streets (East to West) and Walnut and Lombard Streets (North to South), located in the far east corner of Center City Philadelphia (see map). Membership is open to all residents, businesses, and organizations. Membership rolls currently total nearly 1,000.

 

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