To educate online audiences about the stories, people, and events associated with the founding of the United States.
The Independence Hall Association was founded in 1942 to spearhead the creation of in downtown Philadelphia. The park is home to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were created, and the Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom in the U.S. In addition to its work on issues related to the park, IHA has branched into online publishing of historical information. The group launched ushistory.org on July 4, 1995, to feature content about historical events that occurred in the Philadelphia area. IHA also collaborates with other historic and tourist organizations in Philadelphia to help bring visitors to the city.
A group of volunteers, paid professionals, and representatives of partner organizations provides content for ushistory.org's Congress of Web sites. Web users can browse thirty-two sites to find information on the eighty points of interest within Philadelphia's , a virtual tour of the , a detailed account of the of the Revolutionary War in 1777, a profile of , and an explanation of the 's crack. The site provides a timeline of the life of Benjamin Franklin, his complete autobiography, and many of his famous quotes. Other ushistory.org sites include the , which offers information on the commemorative park and museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and , a tourism site with information on Philadelphia neighborhoods.
IHA was part of a coalition of community groups, politicians, and individual citizens that lobbied for a Congressional mandate for the Park Service to commemorate the President's House in Philadelphia, which was home to George Washington and John Adams. The plans also include honoring the slaves kept at the house by George Washington.
In addition to its historical Web sites, ushistory.org to other sites about American history; features that test historical knowledge; and sells such as documents, posters, clothing, crafts, and toys. The site also includes a for Web users researching specific topics.
The IHA has a broad base of members who generously provide for its projects. The group's members come from many backgrounds but have one thing in common — a passionate interest in history, particularly the people, places, and events associated with the founding of the U.S.