Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.historicphiladelphia.org

Mission Statement

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) makes our nation's history relevant and real through interpretation, interaction and education, strengthening Greater Philadelphia's role as a destination to experience American history.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Once Upon A Nation
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Amy Needle

Keywords

Self-reported

historic, education, arts, culture, humanities, community

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EIN

23-2764558

 Number

2187533193

Also Known As

HPI

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In the past year, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) has achieved a number of milestones through its core program components. These include:

In September 2010, the Historic Philadelphia Center and three-dimensional Liberty 360 show, opened at the corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets.
In May 2011, HPI held the third annual Evening in Franklin Square fundraiser, which hosted a sold out crowd of over 400 guests and raised a record breaking $165,000.
The July 4th weekend, featured the only Philadelphia stop of thetraveling Civil War Road Show, a free, interactive exhibit housed in a 53-foot,expandable, 18-wheeled trailer.
In 2011, Franklin Square park celebrated its 5th Birthday and broke ground on a brand new all-weather pavilion.
In October 2011, HPI rolled out a new event, PumpkinFest, a fall family fundraiser for Franklin Square.


In the upcoming year, HPI will continue to strive to enhance the visitor experience by:

continuing with the redevelopment of the Lights of Liberty Show with a tentative opening date of 2013
marketing the umbrella organization of HPI and its brand components

open the all-weather pavilion at Franklin Square in early 2012
continue to offer engaging, historically accurate free programming to the historic district and Valley Forge.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) offers programs that add visual appeal to the Historic District and bring history to life. It educates participants about American history and the important role Philadelphia played in the events that shaped our nation. Core components of HPI include: 1. Betsy Ross House - This preserved, historic site is dedicated to telling the story of the role played by Betsy Ross and Colonial middle-class women in Philadelphia. 2. Once Upon A Nation programming, incorporating academically-researched interpretive storytelling at thirteen locations in Philadelphia's Historic District of Philadelphia and four locations in Valley Forge National Historical Park; heritage adventure tours, with morning, afternoon and evening interactive walking tours, led within the Philadelphia Historic District and Valley Forge National Historical Park; Colonial interpretive performances throughout Philadelphia's Historic District; and Benstitute, an intensive training for all seasonal employees, that addresses historical, theatrical and tourism content. 3. Franklin Square - The revitalized and transformed destination establishing green space and attractions for visitors and area residents alike. 4. Lights of Liberty - The soon to be redesigned evening sound and light show bringing to life the events of the American Revolution.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Once Upon A Nation

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) presents Once Upon A Nation, a unique heritage tourism initiative which incorporates:
·       Academically-researched and engaging storytelling at 13 bench sites in Philadelphia's historic district and three bench sites in Valley Forge National Historical Park

·       Interactive daytime and evening tours in both Philadelphia's historic district and Valley Forge National Historical Park 

·       Evening performances that incorporate historical heroes, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington

·       First-person interpretation throughout Philadelphia's historic district.

Once Upon A Nation’s mission is to showcase the Greater Philadelphia region’s historic people, places, and events to create a dynamic interpretation of the past. In order to create impact and memories, heritage sites must help visitors understand intellectually and emotionally why a place and its people are important. The best experiences allow visitors to engage with experts and with each other, creating a lively interchange of ideas, information, and meaningful entertainment. This approach encourages visitors to understand and explore American history.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA

Funding Needs

State funding for HPI has been cut and the greatest need is to now find alternate funding for our free programming. The 13 storytelling benches in Philadelphia, the 3 in Valley Forge, the Military Muster which invites children to be recruited into the Continental Army, dramatic readings of the Declaration of Independence, performances at the Betsy Ross House-these are all offered free to the public and all are endanger of not being funded this year.

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HISTORIC PHILADELPHIA INC
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Amy Needle

BIO

Amy Needle, a University of Kansas graduate, began her tourism career working at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1989. Under the direction of Meryl Levitz, Amy helped produce Penn's Landing Festivals including Jambalaya Jam, River Blues, Yo! Philadelphia, and Jam on the River. She also worked on several city-wide year-long celebrations and helped to open the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the historic Reading Terminal Train Shed. In 1998, then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell asked Needle to head up the Millennium celebration in Philadelphia. The 18-month, $5 million Millennium Philadelphia celebration included the Photo of the Century; a December 31, 1999, 24-hour celebration; the Tall Ships; and the December 31, 2000, 100th Anniversary of City Hall. The celebration also produced lasting legacies for the City of Philadelphia including the lighting of seven Schuylkill River Bridges, and the permanent lighting of William Penn atop City Hall. In 2002, Amy worked with the staff of the National Constitution Center on a month-long opening extravaganza. And in the fall of 2003, Governor Rendell asked her to spearhead the Philadelphia Heritage Project, now known as Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s Once Upon A Nation. Amy and her team worked closely with the Independence National Historical Park and Fairmount Park to build Once Upon A Nation with its three major components, including storytelling, immersive guided tours and the revitalization of Franklin Square. In 2006 Once Upon A Nation raised $6.5 million to renovate and rededicate Franklin Square.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William H. Haines IV

Pennsylvania Trust

Term: Sept 2011 -

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