Explore Philadelphia’s City Hall

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City Hall, under construction in 1881

If your program will participate in OST on the Plaza this summer, you may want to consider a project (or even a day’s lesson plan) on City Hall.  Check out the following resources on City Hall and government.

Search photographs of Philadelphia.  Use keywords “City Hall” to see pictures of Philadelphia’s City Hall as early as its construction in 1881, and check out your neighborhood as it looked in the past.  


 Find information on the architecture and the history of the City Hall building.



 The Curse of William Penn


 Learn more about who works at Philadelphia’s City Hall and what their jobs are.



 Find lesson plans on government and city operations.

City, County, Community Lesson Plans from PBS Kids:  http://pbskids.org/democracy/parentseducators/citycounty.html

How Does Government Affect Me?  Game from PBS Kids:  http://pbskids.org/democracy/govandme/

Budget Making Lesson Plans from PBS Kids:  http://pbskids.org/democracy/parentseducators/budget.html

Who Pays for City Hall?  http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=281&type=educator

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