A World Heritage City; Global Philadelphia Association

Celebrate Philadelphia’s role as a pioneer on the global stage.

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Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to visit historic sites; Wayne Towner; Parkersburg News & Sentinel

The Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley will host a field trip in October featuring several important Revolutionary and Civil War period sites in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, including Valley Forge, Washington Crossing, Philadelphia’s historic district, and Gettysburg. The “New Birth of Freedom Field Trip” will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg […]

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Independence Hall marks 40th year as UNESCO World Heritage Site; Hadas Kuznits; KYW News Radio

The Global Philadelphia Association hosted Philadelphia’s fourth annual World Heritage Day at Independence Hall on Thursday.

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Philadelphia’s Historic Independence Mall Re-Opens: First Phase of Landscaping Renovations Completed by BrightView; Business Wire

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America’s Birthplace 2019:UNESCO World Heritage Site of Global Culture; Aaron & Melissa Dykes; Truths Stream Media

It’s honestly a weird feeling to go to the birthplace of America – where the ideals of freedom, liberty, independence, etc. were enshrined – only to find that these symbols have been watered down…

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What happens when a World Heritage City can’t support its own heritage?; Patrick Spero; Philadelphia Inquirer

Rather than “looking up” for saviors, institutions should “look sideways” to each other, and ask how they can work with their peers to lift their collective well-being.

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Despite Government Shutdown, Liberty Bell Will Be Open This Weekend; Travel Agent Central

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia will reopen Friday, December 28 through Sunday, December 30, 2018. Get the details here.

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Coming Attraction: It’s Alamo Plaza Week in San Antonio; Robert Rivard; Rivard Report

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This is the week many have been waiting for: The Alamo Plaza brain trust and its team of designers, preservationists, and placemakers will unveil the draft site plan for the redevelopment of  the historic plaza.

Local media, including the Rivard Report, will be briefed next week, and the public will gets its first look at the plan when the four-year-old Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. to receive a presentation of the draft site plan, its central elements, and the timeline for moving forward with public hearings and City Council consideration.

That meeting is open to the public, and it’s clear that the principals have learned from the ill-fated plan presented more than one year ago. For starters, Thursday’s public meeting will be held in the Witte Museum’s Prassel Auditorium at 3801 Broadway St., a far more accessible locale for most than the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, site of the 2017 limited public hearings.

This year, a full schedule of public hearings will be held throughout the 10 City Council districts, meaning everyone lives close to at least one meeting locale.

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A stroll through heritage; Hans India

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Philadelphia is home to iconic places such as Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage that changed the world when fathers of the nation used the location to debate and adopt both the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. If you really want to dive down and see the Heritage buildings of historic importance, don’t miss these magnificent structures.

Independence National Historic Park

Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals. To take you deep into this significant place let us tell you that INHP welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors every year. Many of these visitors line up to see what is the park’s most visited and most famous attraction, the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

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Despite Fears, UNESCO Withdrawal Won’t End Philly’s World Heritage Status; Claire Sasko; Philadelphia Magazine

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We spoke to the nonprofit that promotes the city’s prestigious “Heritage City” status, which some worry is at risk.

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – a.k.a. UNESCO.

The international agency, based in Paris, works to promote global collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural strategies (as the name hints). 

Independence Hall is one of 23 U.S.-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so called for their lasting effects on world history. In 2015, the Organization of World Heritage Cities declared Philly the country’s first “World Heritage City” — one of 250 cities around the world to earn that status, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Marrakesh, Paris and more. To qualify, a city must feature a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Will U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO affect Philly’s World Heritage status?; Stephanie Farr; Philly Inquirer

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If you spot the ground moving around Fifth and Arch Streets in Center City on Thursday, it just might be Ben Franklin turning over in his grave.

We can only imagine what the inventor, scientist, writer and Founding Father would think of the State Department’s announcement Thursday that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, is one of just 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States. Other sites include the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park.

Mayoral spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement Thursday that the city was “disappointed by the decision” and officials are trying to determine what, if any, effect it will have on Philly’s World Heritage site and status.

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Independence Hall: A UNESCO World Heritage Site In The US; Amber Pariona; World Atlas

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Independence Hall is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It served as the venue where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.

Where Is Independence Hall?

The Independence Hall is located at the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US. From 1775 to 1785, this building served as the principal meeting location for the Second Continental Congress. It is perhaps most famous, however, as the site where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the US were signed into law. These two documents formed the foundation of this country and have provided a framework for other lawmakers around the world. The Independence Hall was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Why Is Independence Hall A UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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10 historic U.S. attractions worth braving crowds to see; Lara Grant; The Seattle Times

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From Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to the Freedom Trail in Boston, these are can’t-miss U.S. historical sights.

From man-made monuments to natural wonders, we’ve rounded up 10 historic attractions around the U.S. that you have to check out. And, yes, they’re worth traversing the crowds to see.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

There’s no shortage of tourist sites in Washington, D.C., but the Lincoln Memorial sticks out among the pack. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece, the 99-foot-tall marble structure features the seated Lincoln sculpture and interior chambers that contain carved inscriptions of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address. Along with representing the significance of Lincoln’s presidency, the memorial was also the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And the views of the reflecting pool and Washington Monument from the top of the steps are the cherry on top.

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News Brief: Philadelphia Becomes First World Heritage City; Meetings Today

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