The history of New Philadelphia, founded in 1836 by Free Frank McWorter, embraces the compelling stories of African Americans and European Americans residing in a community founded by an exceptional figure during times of extreme racism.  Archaeologists, historians, genealogists, and members of the local and descendant communities are working together to advance research into this remarkable crossroads of families, merchants, farmers, and artisans, and to enhance their focus in our national memory and heritage.  Join us in exploring these histories and debates which are stimulating dialogue and engagement at local, regional, and national levels.  New Philadelphia has now been successfully nominated as a National Historic Landmark based on such collaborative pursuits in history and archaeology.

The National Park Service is now considering the New Philadelphia National Landmark Site to become a unit of NPS!

H.R. 820 and S.R. 3141 are bills in Congress to make New Philadelphia a part of our network of national parks.

A summary of the background of New Philadelphia and its remarkable character in American history at

You can also listen to a recent discussion of "Evaluating Significance: The National Park Service and New Philadelphia" on the program "Myth and Reality in 21st Century Archaeology," hosted by Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein with guests Tara Pettit (NPS), Tokey Boswell (NPS), and Chris Fennell (U. Illinois), on Voice of America or on the Archaeology Channel (running time, 55 minutes).

This Web 2.0 portal provides resources for participating and discussing this ongoing project. Click here for our Web 1.0 site, entitled Historical Landscapes of New Philadelphia. Our thanks to the University of Illinois' Community Informatics Initiative for their support of these resources.

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