Sharing the Common Wealth showcases objects, artifacts, documents, structures and buildings from the collections of PHMC.

Each year the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission names an outstanding example of Pennsylvania’s history as a Commonwealth Treasure. For 2001 the Commission has designated Fairmount Park. The forty-four hundred acre park is being recognized for its wealth of manmade and natural sites, which create a rich legacy of architecture, history, culture, and ecology. Founded in 1855, with roots dating to 1812, Fairmount Park represents one of the earliest endeavors in the American Park Movement. The park incorporates a number of Georgian and Federal style mansions built by wealthy Philadelphians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Mount Pleasant. Fairmount Park also features design innovations by noted American landscape architecture pioneers Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Calvert Vaux. Other riches in the park are Boathouse Row, Fairmount Waterworks, the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, Memorial Hall from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.