Beyond the Bell: Philadelphia’s Global Heritage

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - Monday, May 1, 2023 - 8:00pm
West Chester University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (lower gallery) 775 South Church Street - Old Library building
West Chester, PA 19383
United States

In partnership with the Global Philadelphia Association, this special exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention by exploring the rich heritage of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and its famed Liberty Bell was one of the U.S.’ first World Heritage sites, deemed to be of universal human value for its importance in the creation of the world’s first Enlightenment-era Republic. However, the exhibition delves beyond this colonial narrative to show that Philadelphia’s global heritage is the result of continuous interactions of diverse communities over time. 

With rare artifacts on loan from the National Parks Service, The Delaware Nation, Lest We Forget Museum, Landis Valley Museum, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, among others; and original works by numerous Philadelphia-based artists such as Diane Keller, Ana Vizcarra Rankin, Salome Cosmique and Sue Chen, Beyond the Bell’s exhibits on labor, immigration, transportation, fashion and arts, festivals, sports and pop culture reveal the richness and global importance of the “City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.”

Opening reception: Friday, October 7, 2022 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  

For more information, reservations, and guided tours, call: 610-436-2247

To learn more about the exhibition, read an article from our EIJP program that goes into further detail. 


Event Type: 
Community Development