Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Independence National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
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The National Park Service in Philadelphia, PA led a Junior Ranger Program for the fifth grade students at Spring Garden Elementary School for over twenty years. These 5th grade students are enrolled as Junior Rangers at their closest national park, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Read more
Independence National Historical Park hosted three Spark students in internships at the park. Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States is accomplished by matching 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Read more
Independence National Historical Park reopened the Benjamin Franklin Museum on August 24, 2013, after a two year renovation. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum focuses on Franklin's character traits, and how his ideas are still relevant today. Read more
Highlights of the second year of Project Write summer camp for teens included a "flash mob" style reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square, and a pizza lunch with acclaimed teen lit author Kekla Magoon. A partnership between the park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, this writing enrichment camp engages students with place-based experiences and an opportunity to share out through blogging, tweeting and photography. Read more
Independence National Historical Park and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation teamed up to reduce the carbon footprint at the Independence Visitor Center. Through an improved Building Automation System, redistribution fans, and a cogeneration plant, the park and its partner are working toward certification of the Independence Visitor Center as a Energy Star rated and LEED certified building. Read more
Did You Know?
Did you know Benjamin Franklin had a pet angora cat? When it died, he asked artist and natural historian Charles Willson Peale to preserve it through a taxidermy process.