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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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
Congress Hall, adjacent to Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site, hosted a 40th anniversary event of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Convention. The World Heritage Convention is an international treaty that seeks to recognize and protect the world’s most significant places. 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
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
From July 16 through 27, 2012, middle and high school students gathered in one of Independence National Historical Park's interactive classrooms for a two-week writing enrichment program called Project Write. The program, which partnered Independence NHP with the Philadelphia Writing Project, created an environment where students could learn about the cultural resources preserved at Independence NHP Read more
Did You Know?
Did you know the Army, Navy and Marine Corps were founded at Independence Hall throughout the year 1775? The Continental Congress passed resolutions founding the Continental forces in June, October and November of 1775.