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    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

June Programs Kick off Freedom Week

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Date: June 21, 2013
Contact: Jane Cowley, 215-597-0060

Philadelphia – From hoopla to history, Independence National Historical Park has something for everyone this Fourth of July. For a complete listing of Freedom Week activities please click here. Want to learn more about the history of Independence Day? Check out these two interpretive programs on June 29 and June 30. Both programs are free and designed to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. They will be held in the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States.

"What Does it Mean? The Declaration of Independence as Political Rhetoric" will help participants explore the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.During this program, visitors will have a chance to learn about the political rhetoric in each section of the Declaration.Along with analyzing the text, visitors will get a chance to answer the question, what is true in the Declaration of Independence and what is simply an overstatement? June 29, 3 - 3:30 pm in the Second Bank of the United States.

At "How We Celebrate," visitors will learn about the future John Adams envisioned for celebrations of our nation's Independence Day, the origin of "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and the history of other festive activities.June 30, 3 - 3:30 pm in the Second Bank of the United States.

Did You Know?

Drawing of slaves

Many American patriots owned slaves before, during or after the Revolution. Here are a few you might know: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, James Madison, Robert Morris, and James Wilson. Many of them spoke out against slavery, but only Washington freed 124 people by his will.