Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust is a supporting organization of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting that was established in 2011 to preserve and maintain the historic Arch Street Meeting House and Burial Grounds, expand public understanding of the impact and continued relevance of Quakers, and provide governance and property management.
As Arch Street Meeting House (ASMH) prepares to reopen to the public, a few projects are in the works that aim to help the site become a preeminent destination in the United States to learn about Quaker history. New outdoor exhibits will be installed to engage visitors and utilize the grounds as an outdoor classroom; additionally wayfinding signage will be installed on the exterior walls to more clearly communicate about ASMH and guide passers-by inside. ASMH has never had permanent outdoor exhibits or wayfinding. The goals include: to attract more visitors to the site and to increase people’s knowledge about Quakerism and Quaker meetinghouses around the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
In addition to exhibit and signage initiatives, the Trust is also working on expanding the education program with a new virtual tour and more in-person learning opportunities that incorporate the surrounding neighborhood of Old City and Philadelphia’s rich Quaker history.
Learn more: Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust