Come Face to Face with History!
Kids, collect "Faces of Independence," "Civil War to Civil Rights" and "Heroes of the Underground Railroad" trading cards. Over thirty history trading cards are available in different locations around the park. Children earn the cards during their park visit. Mail requests cannot be honored.
In addition, the National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the Civil War to Civil Rights cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
Reconciliation: The Liberty Bell's Travels, 1885-1915
Before the Civil War, the Liberty Bell's message, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land," was used to fight slavery. Afterwards, those same words healed the wounds of war. Beginning with a trip to New Orleans, the Bell traveled to eight World's Fairs and expositions across the country as a reminder of the divided nation's common heritage.
September to November, 1862
The 13th Amendment and National Freedom Day
Freedom Day, February 1st, commemorates the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which ended slavery in the United States. The day is marked with a ceremony at the Liberty Bell - building on the bell's legacy as a symbol of freedom. In 1959, Dr. Emanuel C. Wright invited a young Martin Luther King, Jr. to the ceremony.
Oregon Senator Edward Dickinson Baker
The Senator Who Gave His Life for the Cause.
Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall
February 22, 1861: Raised the flag. April 22-24, 1865: Lay in state. En route to his inauguration in 1861, Lincoln raised the flag over Independence Hall on Washington's Birthday. There, he said he "would rather be assassinated" than fail the Declaration of Independence. He did not fail. After his 1865 assassination, 100,000 people paid their respects as President Lincoln lay in state where the Declaration had been signed.