The University City Historical Society
"The Past is Alive in University City"
- to study, protect, publicize and celebrate the heritage of West Philadelphia, which abounds in sites, buildings, gardens, monuments, furnishings, objects and collections of historic, cultural, scientific, architectural, artistic and literary significance;
- to undertake and encourage historical research, preservation, education, exhibition, and publication;
- to provide a useful and enjoyable forum for all who are interested in the past of West Philadelphia;
- to research, record, preserve and share information about the lives of people who have lived and worked in West Philadelphia;
- to support the activities of the members of the University City community in their efforts to preserve and promote the architectural heritage of West Philadelphia.
- establishing a special collection of books, documents, and graphics related to the history of West Philadelphia;
- sponsoring regular historical house and walking tours, each spotlighting a portion of the architectural wealth of University City, which abounds in classic examples of 19th and 20th century residential architecture;
- creating historic districts to protect the historic neighborhoods of University City;
- encouraging historic preservation and architectural restoration through annual Outstanding Preservation Awards, "Restoration-in-Progress" house tours and information about available restoration resources;
- marking buildings in University City whose construction dates have been established;
- displaying architectural artifacts salvaged from structures no longer standing in University City;
- informing the public about special topics in the history of University City:
- West Philadelphia's role in the Civil War
- our rich botanical heritage, past and present
- the streetcars of West Philadelphia
- The Woodlands, a National Historic Landmark and National Recreation Trail;
- providing members opportunities to discuss and celebrate holidays, local history and preservation endeavors through educational programs and special events.