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Quickly approaching its 41-year anniversary, the International Day of Monuments and Sites will be celebrated all over the world on April 18th as a way to honor heritage, diversity, community, and the environment.
Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia of Carpenters’ Hall
Home to the third largest number of national historic landmarks behind New York and Massachusetts, Pennsylvania has 169 national historic landmarks, 67 of which are right here in Philadelphia!

Curious about landmarks and world heritage sites around the world for IDMS this year? Visit
UNESCO’s website to take a virtual tour all the way to South Korea to Brazil to Tanzania to more!
Watch last year's IDMS highlight video! 
This year's theme, HERITAGE CHANGES, offers...

"the opportunity to respond to questions regarding learning about traditional ways of knowing and knowledge systems in relation to climate action, and how to use a cultural heritage focus to support equitable protection of vulnerable communities through climate action, while responding to the UN Decade of Action."

While thinking about this year's theme, incorporating the United Nation's 16 Sustainable Development Goals into the celebration prompts questions such as:

  • How can cultural heritage conservation drive climate action?
  • How do local and traditional knowledge systems contribute to developing viable climate adaptation measures?
  • What actions are the ICOMOS National Committees, International Scientific Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces taking in response to the increasing risks and impacts of climate change?
  • How can local and traditional knowledge systems mitigate future climate change risks and impacts?
How can you celebrate IDMS?
  • Visit one of Philadelphia's 67 National Historic Landmarks and check out their websites for events
  • Sign up for a tour
  • Check out a live reenactment
  • Visit an NHL website for informational videos
  • Spend time reading about an SDG and its importance for your community
  • Keep an eye out for upcoming IDMS events on GPA's NHL Facebook page
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