New Philadelphia named to National Register of Historic Places as a National Landmark
townsite of New Philadelphia, Illinois is now listed on the National
Register of Historic Places as a National Landmark (as of October 29, 2008). It is now recognized by
the federal government as being nationally significant. Thank
you Michelle Huttes and Charlotte King (who did the Landmark Application) for doing all of the hard work writing the nomination. It
was quite a feat to get letters of
support from Senators Obama and Durbin as well as the Governor of Illinois.
Release of January 12,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS
EXCAVATIONS AT NEW
Report updates available HERE.
During the next three summers professional archaeologists from the University
of Maryland, Illinois
and the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign with the support of the New Philadelphia Association will
work in Pike County
to unearth New Philadelphia's
past. In 1836 Frank McWorter founded the town of New
Philadelphia, the first town incorporated by an
African American in the United States.
Today, the town is all but invisible to the untrained eye. Only a few
remaining foundations can be seen in the plowed field near Barry,
Illinois. The goals of this upcoming
research project are 1) to learn more about this racially integrated
community that existed for about one hundred years and 2) to train
The National Science Foundation has awarded three years of funding to
support this research that will train nine students annually in its
prestigious Research Education for Undergraduate (REU) program. The goal of
REU is to recruit a diversified pool of talented students who do not have a
chance to participate in rigorous scientific curriculum. The program will
increase the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and
students from local colleges and universities.
Each summer students will work with professional archaeologists and
perform state-of- the-art geophysical testing at the archaeological site.
They will use radar and other scientific techniques to help locate
foundations, wells and privies. Students will then work with mentors to
carefully excavate portions of New Philadelphia. They will also spend time at the Illinois
where they will work with the experienced staff to scientifically analyze
artifacts, animal bones, pollen, and seeds retrieved from the fieldwork.
The excavations promise to provide significant information about the
development of New Philadelphia
and the life ways of its many inhabitants before, during, and after the Civil
War. This work will add to our understanding of this important part of our
Read the latest updates on the field school HERE.
Point of contact:
Dr. Christopher Fennell
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois
109 Davenport Hall, MC-148
607 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Web address for site info and application forms go to: www.histarch.uiuc.edu/NSF/fieldschool.html
and look for the link to New Philadelphia
and the NSF-REU program. The 2008-2010 grant proposal can be seen here.
Participating institutions directly sponsoring the field school:
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign; Illinois State
We also appreciate the support of the University
of Maryland, University of
Illinois-Springfield, University of Central Florida,
and Sprague’s Kinderhook Lodge.
When: Summer 2008-2010
Where: New Philadelphia, near Barry, Illinois, Pike