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!
Independence National Historical Park will reopen the Benjamin Franklin Museum beginning with Museum Preview Days on August 24. Visitors can preview the museum until the Grand Opening on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum is dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the 18th century 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
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
Junior Rangers from the Spring Garden Elementary School, having fun at the beach. Read more
Over one hundred scholars, students and museum professionals came together in February, 2012 to participate in the first annual symposium offered through a partnership program of Independence National Historical Park, “American Slavery: Bringing Wider Perspectives to Museum Interpretation.” INHP Superintendent noted that the symposium was timely for the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, with the tie in the 225th anniversary of the Constitution Read more
Did You Know?
The Continental Navy Jack, designed for Commodore Esek Hopkins during the American Revolution, is still in use today. The Secretary of the Navy reauthorized its use on all Navy ships in 2002. The flag is 13 alternating red and white stripes with “Don’t Tread On Me” snake.