Oliver Evans Society for Industrial Archeology



Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to noon 
West Chester University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
775 S Church Street, West Chester, PA 19383 

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, 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.” 

Also on view is Earth Day at 50: Lessons for a Sustainable Future. 

The museum is housed in the Old Library Building.  Enter through the main front door on Church Street. Please note that there are stairs you will need to walk up to get to the building; unfortunately it’s a historic building (on the National Historic Register) and stairs are the only way to get into the building.  

There is ample metered street parking in front of the building on Church Street.  Note: this is a one-way street that leads to Rosedale Avenue.  Payment is required on all days except Sundays through a municipal kiosk, which accepts credit cards. Free parking is available in Lot K located behind the Sykes Student Union, off Rosedale Avenue. On weekends you may park without a permit in any student-designated space.

Reservations: Call Reese Davis at 610-692-4456 or e-mail at

For those who wish to, we could gather to have lunch in downtown West Chester after the tour.

Here is a map of the campus and parking locations: