For more than two decades, Philadelphia’s Historic Neighborhood Consortium (PHNC) has encouraged collaboration and communication between the diverse cultural institutions that shape and define the city’s historic district. From Vine Street to South Street, from 9th Street to the Delaware River, the member sites of PHNC preserve hundreds of years of U.S. history; tell the stories of Americans of every color, creed, background, and condition; remind us why Philadelphia’s historic district is America’s most historic square mile; and bring the past to the present for more than one million visitors from around the nation and around the world every year.
PHNC is incorporated exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, particularly to promote and increase public use and knowledge of member organizations and “America’s most historic square mile,” the area surrounding Independence Hall; to encourage cooperative activities and programs among member organizations; and to advocate actions that protect and enhance the historic neighborhood surrounding Independence Hall.
PHNC is guided in the fulfillment of its mission by a governing board of directors who represent each of the organization’s member sites. The operations of PHNC are led by a democratically-selected team of individuals who donate their time and energies to promoting the cultural institutions that contribute to Philadelphia’s unique claim to being America’s only World Heritage City.