Historic Philadelphia

Ways to Give

Remembering Art Ryan

Storytellers BenchArt Ryan

At Historic Philadelphia, Inc., our hearts are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Art Ryan. Art worked at Historic Philadelphia for many years, starting as an actor and a beloved Once Upon A Nation storyteller, and since 2013, served as Program Director for Once Upon A Nation. He will be remembered for his dedication, warmth, creativity, and passion for educating and entertaining thousands of Philadelphia visitors. HPI is deeply touched that Art requested remembrances in his honor be made to our non-profit. We will always be inspired by his devotion to our mission and we thank you for remembering him in this special way.

Make a donation in honor of Art Ryan




Making Philadelphia’s history relevant and real!

Your generous support of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. enables us to provide visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District with unique experiences. Through interpretation, interaction and education our programs make our nation’s history relevant and real, all while strengthening Philadelphia’s role as the destination to experience American History.

Your tax-deductible gift helps HPI continue to provide:

  • Engaging interactions with Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross House while telling the story of the role played by Betsy and Colonial middle-class women. This is the only location in the city where visitors can meet a History Maker every day.
  • Free programming in Franklin Square, where Philadelphia residents and visitors enjoy a safe, urban green space, and playground. Seasonal highlights include the Holiday Festival, Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, numerous summer events, and fall festivities like Spooky Mini Golf and the Trick-or-Treat Trail, bringing life to the square all year long.
  • Stories of our nation’s history in the places where it happened through HPI’s award-winning, Once Upon A Nation storytelling program. Kids of all ages enjoy historically accurate stories in Philadelphia’s Historic District and Valley Forge National Historical Park or take part in the Military Muster, where they are recruited as new members of the Continental Army.

Make your online gift

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Make your gift by mail

Every dollar truly makes a difference, so please give what you can! You can make a gift by mail. Download and complete this form. Checks can be made payable to Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and mailed to:

Development Department
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
601 Walnut Street, Suite 130
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215.629.5814


Purchase a brick and create a legacy

Make your mark on a brick in Franklin Square or the Betsy Ross House! For a tax-deductible donation of $100 for a Franklin Square brick or $250 for a brick in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House, you can inscribe a message and leave a legacy.

Franklin Square Brick Donations

Betsy Ross House Brick Donations

Once you have made a purchase, a member of our staff will contact you regarding your brick message.

If you are interested in other ways to support Franklin Square, including naming opportunities for picnic tables, benches or carousel figures, please contact Lesly L. Attarian, Director of Development at 215-629-5801 x207 or lattarian@historicphiladelphia.org.

Making a gift of Stock

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. gladly accept gifts of appreciated stock, an option that gives you a tax-deduction while saving you capital gains tax. For more information, please contact Lesly L. Attarian, Director of Development at 215-629-5801 x207 or lattarian@historicphiladelphia.org.

Planned Giving

Make Historic Philadelphia, Inc. part of your will or estate plans, and leave a legacy! For information, please contact Lesly L. Attarian, Director of Development at 215-629-5801 x207 or lattarian@historicphiladelphia.org.

Matching Gifts

Double or triple the value of your gift! Please contact your human resources or corporate giving department to learn about your employer's matching gift policy.

United Way

To designate your United Way workplace program gifts to Historic Philadelphia, Inc., please use our Donor Choice Number: 14106. Contributions made through the United Way support our educational outreach program.

Use Your American Express Card for Giving

Use your American Express Card for making a gift to Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Make a credit card donation or redeem points, select HPI as your charity of choice and HPI will receive $10 for every 1,000 points redeemed. Visit Giving Express for more information and make your gift through your American Express account.

Amazon Smiles

When you shop with Amazon smiles Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to HPI. There is no additional cost to you! Visit our Amazon Smiles page and sign on to support us every time you shop.

Education Improvement Tax Credits (EITC)

Are you a business in Pennsylvania? You may be eligible for a tax credit. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under Pennsylvania’s EITC program.

Funding through ETIC supports the Once Upon a Nation Full Day Field Trip program, a cross-curricular, standards-based field trip designed to build connections between classroom instruction and meaningful on-site learning. This facilitated experience includes a tour through the historic 18th-century Betsy Ross House to learn the full story behind the legendary flag maker, a Once Upon A Nation Story Stroll, an educational, interactive, walking-tour where students play a part in bringing the past to life in the places where history was made, and a visit to the Arch Street Meeting House, a historic site to learn about the values and practices that helped to shape Philadelphia.

To learn more about the EITC program, click here.

Group Information

Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

historic philadelphia group tours, school groups, entertainment

Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!

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