Made up of over 100 local Quaker Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland, the Arch Street Meeting House is a regional hub for the Quaker community. The Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust aims to make this historic site the preeminent destination for learning about and experiencing Quaker values. In 2015, the organization was awarded a discovery grant to research new interpretive approaches to the Meeting House, leading to a series of pilot projects evaluating which stories, themes, and methods most successfully engage today's audiences.
Through a series of pilot projects based on research and assessment, Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust will evaluate which interpretive stories, themes, and methods most successfully engage today's audiences with the Arch Street Meeting House and will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about Quaker history. A National Historic Landmark and Philadelphia's first burial ground, the Arch Street Meeting House has never before undertaken assessment by non-Quaker professionals. With this project, the organization will enhance public understanding of Quaker values and contributions to society and connect those values to contemporary issues, inspiring audiences to take action in their own lives. From sharing the stories of those buried on the grounds to opening new exhibits that engage current issues in social justice and the environment, this project will encourage visitors to both learn about and experience Quaker culture.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*