April 9, 2014 - Franklin Court is closed today
Due to fire department activity in Old City, the Franklin Court courtyard, Benjamin Franklin Museum, and Franklin Court Printing Office are closed today.
National Park Service Programs Celebrate Womens History Month
Philadelphia - March is Women's History Month, and National Park Service Rangers at Independence National Historical Park will be offering a series of free programs throughout the month. New this year, programs will include ranger presentations in the Liberty Bell Center on the women who helped found our nation and forge our path. With a range of programs, there's something for everyone! Find more information about special park programs at www.nps.gov/inde or call 215-965-2305.
Gentlewomen of the Press (Women Printers of the 18th Century)
From Deborah Franklin, who assisted at her husband's shop, to Mary Katherine Goddard, who printed the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the names of the signers … learn more about the women printers of the 18th century.
Women of the President's Household
The outdoor exhibit at 6th and Market Streets marks the site of where Presidents Washington and Adams lived while Philadelphia was our nation's capital. Join a park ranger to learn more about the women - free and enslaved - who are part of this history.
Wives of the Generals
Find out more about the women whose personal sacrifices helped win the American Revolution.
Women's History Program
Celebrate Women's History Month by joining these programs led by National Park Service Rangers. Gallery tours and illustrated programs highlight the contributions of women to our nation (programs vary by day).
New this year, programs include special presentations near the Justice Bell exhibit in the Liberty Bell Center. March is a great time to see the Liberty Bell for the first time or take another look at a symbol you thought you knew. These ten-minute programs are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March at 10:30 am.
Ladies of Liberty, Justice and Equality - Lucretia Mott
Named by abolitionists and used as a symbol by suffragettes, the Liberty Bell rings out freedom for all. During your visit to the Liberty Bell, hear about the brave actions of Lucretia Mott, wife, mother, 19th century reformer, anti-slavery leader and crusader for women's rights.
Ladies of Liberty, Justice and Equality - Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger
Hear the inspiring story of Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger and her plan to call attention to the battle for women's suffrage with the Justice Bell.
Ladies of Liberty, Justice and Equality - Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony traveled across the country speaking tirelessly to promote women's suffrage and women's rights, including an event in front of Independence Hall in 1876. Join us to learn more about these heroic efforts during your visit to the Liberty Bell.
A unit of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Independence NHP covers almost 54 acres in Philadelphia's Old City, and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. The park is open from 9:00 am daily with the exception of Christmas day. A visit to Independence National Historical Park should start at the Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th and Market Streets. Here, visitors can pick up a park brochure, park map, and the free, timed tickets required for Independence Hall. For more information visit the park's website, http://www.nps.gov/indeor follow us at twitter.com/independencenhp.
Did You Know?
Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.