Historic Germantown

1 Dec 2016


Deshler-Morris, Germantown White House. Courtesy of Historic Germantown.


Historic Germantown’s Second Saturday Festival. Photo by Jill Saul.


Historic Germantown’s poetry reading with Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Jill Saul.


Historic Germantown’s story circle and paper fan-making workshop with Yolanda Wisher. Photo by Jill Saul.

Historic Germantown is a collaborative of 15 historic houses, museums, and landscapes in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The sites have worked together for decades, gradually building their collective capacity in both infrastructure and interpretation. A 2009 grant from the Center supported the collaborative as it ventured into more complex historical programming, with a yearlong set of intergenerational programs organized around themes of work and industry. In 2015, a Center grant supported the presentation of Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown, a multi-part project that will use the arts as a catalyst for community dialogue and engagement around race and class in Philadelphia's diverse Germantown neighborhood. In 2021, Historic Germantown received a collaborative Re:imagining Recovery grant, along with Stenton and Cliveden of the National Trust, to consider how an 18-member consortium of historic sites in Northwest Philadelphia can leverage shared resources to strengthen community relationships.