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Likes Lectures- 20 Years and Growing

We are pleased to announce the topics and speakers for the 2024 annual Marvin J. and Thomas Leo Likes Lecture Series, which will take place each Tuesday evening in June at 7 PM CDT beginning June 4. With several years of online success, the Lecture Series will be offered online again this year. The lectures […]

New Philadelphia Association Earns Praise for Thriving Pollinator Plot in Quincy Herald-Whig’s Fall 2023 Special Publication

The New Philadelphia Association is thrilled to announce that the organization’s efforts to establish a thriving pollinator plot have garnered praise in the Quincy Herald-Whig’s special publication, “Farm & Field, Fall 2023.” The article, penned by Deborah Gertz-Husar, can be found on page 3 of the publication, and it highlights the accomplishments of Lucy’s Garden […]

Pike County Board Relinquishes Rights to the New Philadelphia Town Site

In a decision made during the September 25 meeting, the Pike County Board passed a resolution, officially relinquishing all rights to the streets and alleys of the New Philadelphia Town Site. By relinquishing control over the streets and alleys, the County is helping to transition the Town Site to the National Park System. This resolution marks a […]

Senator Dick Durbin visits the New Philadelphia National Historic Site.

August 10. 2023 Barry, IL: The New Philadelphia Association (NPA) hosted a visit by  Senator Dick Durbin at the New Philadelphia National Historic Site near Barry, Illinois on  August 7, 2023. New Philadelphia was the first town in the United States founded and  legally registered by an African American, Free Frank McWorter.   Senator Durbin, along […]

New Philadelphia Association Begins Transition to National Park

The New Philadelphia Association (NPA) is pleased to announce that progress has been made in the planning process to transition the historic site to a national park. Board members of the NPA are set to hold another crucial meeting this week with representatives from the National Park Service (NPS) to further advance the efforts of […]

New Philadelphia Kiosk Celebrates Historic Family’s Legacy with Unveiling of Commemorative Sign

The New Philadelphia Association is delighted to announce newest sign pays tribute to a family whose roots in the community stretch back to the 1840s. Descendants gathered on Saturday afternoon to join the New Philadelphia Association in dedicating the sign, which shines a spotlight on the heritage of Spaulding and Ann Hadsell Burdick, Abel and […]

2023 Likes Lecture Series

The annual Marvin J and Thomas Leo Likes Lecture Series will take place each Tuesday evening in June at 7 pm DST beginning June 6. With several years of online success, we gather online again this year, via Zoom. The Likes Lecture Series began in 2004 as part of the archaeology NSF-REU field school conducted […]

WGN Radio Story On New Philadelphia

In February, WGN Radio’s Dave Schwan visited the New Philadelphia townsite and spoke to the people who helped get the attention of the National Park System. Click here for the story.

Board Member Shares Story of Townsite with University of Maryland Publication.

NPA Board Member, Charlotte King is an Alum of the University of Maryland. The article discusses Kings’s involvement with the townsite and her contributions that lead to the site becoming part of the National Park System. Click here to read the article. 

Press Event and Signing Ceremony, Makes New Philadelphia Site Newest Unit of the National Park Service

On February 28th, The New Philadelphia Association and the National Park Service held a press event and signing celebration to begin the process of conveying cost-free, property owned by the New Philadelphia Association to the National Park Service.