National Park Service Special Resource Study

Authorized by bi-partisan legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, the National Park Service is conducting a special resource study to determine New Philadelphia’s qualifications for inclusion as a unit of the National Park System.  A site visit and community meeting was held on May 11, 2016 and results of the […]

Passport to Your National Parks

As a member of the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, New Philadelphia participates in the National Park Service Passport to Your National Parks initiative.  Visitors can commemorate their visit to New Philadelphia with a validation stamp in the “additional cancellations” section of their colorful NPS passport, which includes among its many […]

Introduction to Afro-American Studies: A Peoples College Primer by Dr. Abdul Alkalimat and Associates

“A People’s College Primer,” 1969, “initially developed for a course at Fisk University, this text went through six editions and became a staple in programs around the nation. Gift of Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey” on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, part of the “A Changing America” exhibition.

The Nation We Build Together

Family treasures contributed by the McWorter family and artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations at New Philadelphia are displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as part of the “Many Voices, One Nation”  section of The Nation We Build Together exhibition.  Many members of the McWorter family attended the official opening of the exhibit […]

Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Hosted by Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein, Dr. Christopher Fennel and National Park Service Tara Petit, project manager, National Park Service Denver Service Center, participated in a discussion evaluating the significance of New Philadelphia and the special resource study conducted at the site.  The special resource study, approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, […]

Illinois Archaeology Survey 2016 Public Service Award Honors NPA Commitment to New Philadelphia

The Illinois Archaeology Survey honored the New Philadelphia Association with the organization’s 2016 Public Service Award noting, “For over two decades, the NPA has worked relentlessly, and with outstanding results, to ensure the integrity of this 42-ace site and to promote research, conservation and commemoration of its archaeological and heritage resources.”  Dr. Christopher Fennell, associate […]

New Philadelphia mentioned in Broken Chains and Subverted Plans

Dr. Chis Fennell published a new book entitled, Broken Chains and Subverted Plans,” which discusses New Philadelphia.

National Park Service conducting special resource study

The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a special resource study of the New Philadelphia town site in the State of Illinois. The purpose of the study, as directed by Congress, is to evaluate the national significance of the site, and the suitability and feasibility of adding it to the national park system. In addition, […]

Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival July 2016

NPA will participate in the Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival July 2016. Visitors will have a chance to learn more about McWorter(a freedman who settled in New Philadelphia) and his family family with the New Philadelphia Association at the 2016 Folklife Festival’s On the Move: Migration and Immigration Today tent on July 9 at noon.

New Philadelphia featured on “Indiana Jones Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology”

Dr. Fennell, a co-director of the New Philadelphia archaeology project, participated in a discussion with National Park Service representatives Tom Gibney and Tara Pettit, leaders of the recent special resources study of the site. Dr, Fennell explained that at New Philadelphia state-of-the-art technology, such as Lidar and thermal analysis complimented traditional archaeological excavation methods to […]