Arch Street Meeting House Pew Discovery Grant

Since last year, we have been working with the Arch Street Meeting House, located within the Historic District, to review how they interpret their site to visitors. A Discovery Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has permitted the staff to test and refine a handful of interpretive methods to draw more visitors and students to the site.

As one member of their consultant team, we have assisted with prototyping the visitor welcome experience including wayfinding and directional signage, a fifteen minute introductory tour of the site offered by docents, and methods to engage visitors who pass by the site through prototypes of possible banners about noteworthy Quakers on the tall brick wall that surrounds the property, interactive chalkboard public art displays (above photo), and methods to interpret the burying ground inside the walls. This has been a fascinating process and it has yielded some activities that have already been put in place. Work finishes up this summer.