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August 07, 2014
Park Stewards Grant Brings Students to National Park
Abraham Lincoln High School will work with Independence National Historical Park

July 22, 2014
Tourism to Independence and other national parks creates $196 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 3,560,637 visitors to national parks in Philadelphia in 2013 spent $196 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,730 jobs in the local area.

July 14, 2014
Independence National Historical Park Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant
Independence National Historical Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

June 26, 2014
Independence Archeologist Awarded American Ceramics Circle Grant
Debbie Miller, Archeologist at Independence National Historical Park, has been awarded a grant from the American Ceramics Circle that may help reveal the role of nineteenth century Philadelphia potters in the making of refined redware ceramics.

May 09, 2014
National Park Service Provides Learning Experiences for Students at Spring Garden Elementary School
Fifth grade students at Spring Garden Elementary School will get a chance this spring to study with the National Park Service, learning the roles of Park Rangers and Park Volunteers. In a special event, new this year, these students will help distribute free books to all the students at their school.

May 01, 2014
Independence National Historical Park Summer Hours
June 28 – September 1, 2014 PHILADELPHIA – This summer, Independence is the place to be. With longer hours and more exhibits open, Independence National Historical Park is gearing up to welcome visitors from far and wide. Visit Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site. Stop by the Benjamin Franklin Museum to get to know this relevant revolutionary. Walk through the President’s House Site and learn about the promises and paradoxes of liberty. Come to celebrate our nation’s independence and stay longer to visit more park museums and exhibits!

April 10, 2014
Go Wild for Independence National Historical Park! Junior Rangers invited to celebrate National Park Week in Philadelphia
Go wild for our nation's history at Independence National Historical Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. Check out our special programs and activities throughout the week. And to keep the celebration going among our youngest visitors, Independence National Historical Park and the Friends of Independence will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 26, with educational games and activities on Independence Mall.

March 26, 2014
Independence NHP Welcomes International Educators
Independence National Historical Park welcomed a group of international educators as part of Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, managed through Philadelphia's International Visitors Council.

March 26, 2014
Pat Jones Receives Eastern National Superior Performance Award
Pat Jones, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Independence National Historical Park, has been awarded Eastern National's Superior Performance Award

March 13, 2014
The Fight for Women’s Rights at Independence NHP
Suffragists faced uphill battles as they fought for women’s right to vote. Visitors to Independence National Historical Park on Sunday, March 30, will have a special opportunity to meet Susan B. Anthony and hear how she brought her fight to Independence Hall, home of freedom and democracy.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to national park service sites in Philadelphia creates $195 million in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 3,615,698 visitors to Independence National Historical Park, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in 2012 spent $195 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,736 jobs in the local area.Report shows visitor spending supports 2,736 jobs in local economy

December 05, 2013
Ceremony Marks 266th Anniversary of PA National Guard
Ceremony Marks 266th Anniversary of PA National Guard

December 02, 2013
Franklins Gazette Recreated in Franklin Court
For the first time since the printing office opened in Franklin Court, park rangers at Independence National Historical Park are printing a copy of Benjamin Franklin’s original Pennsylvania Gazette. The Gazette of October 6, 1743 will be featured on the Franklin Court printing presses until December 18, 2013. Copies are available for purchase by park visitors.

September 13, 2013
Friends of Independence National Historical Park Host Benjamin Franklin Museum Ribbon-Cutting Event
Celebrations for the Grand Opening of the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Independence National Historical Park will start on September 19. The Friends of Independence will kick-off the festivities with a ticketed reception in the museum on September 19, including a ribbon cutting hosted by Ben Franklin himself. The park will host a day of family friendly activities in Franklin Court on September 20.

September 10, 2013
Germantown White House to Open for Commemoration of the Battle of Germantown
On October 5, to honor the anniversary of the Battle of Germantown, Independence National Historical Park will open the Germantown White House for one day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Germantown White House has been closed this year due to budget restraints. This is a special one day opportunity to tour this historic residence.

May 29, 2013
K-9 Ranger Ken Franklin Joins Independence Team
K-9 Ranger Ken Franklin starts work as the newest Law Enforcement Officer at Independence National Historical Park.

 

April 15, 2013
Independence Invites Philadelphia to Celebrate National Park Week
Independence National Historical Park celebrates National Park Week beginning Saturday, April 20 with National Junior Ranger Day on Independence Mall from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. The park will continue to host free, family-friendly programs for National Park Week through Sunday, April 28.

March 21, 2013
Statement of the Effects of Sequestration at Independence National Historical Park
Effective March 1, 2013, Independence National Historical Park was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.

February 26, 2013
Independence National Historical Park Tourism Creates $150 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 3,572,770 visitors to Independence National Historical Park spent $149,894,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 2,086 jobs in the local area. Combined with the other National Park Service units in Philadelphia administered by Independence National Historical Park - Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial and Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site - those numbers total 3,589,430 visitors who spent $151,040,000, supporting 2,103 jobs in the local area.

February 14, 2013
National Park Service Programs Celebrate Women's History
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!

January 31, 2013
NPS Relocates the Bicentennial Bell
On July 6, 1976, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain presented the Bicentennial Bell to the people of the United States in celebration of the bicentennial of the United States of America. On January 31, 2013, the Bicentennial Bell was moved by the National Park Service from the bell tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets into Independence National Historical Park's museum storage, where it will be kept until the new display for the bell is completed.

January 17, 2013
African American History Month Programs at Independence NHP
February is African American History Month, and Independence National Historical Park is celebrating with a series of ranger-led programs at the Independence Visitor Center, the Second Bank, and all around the park.

November 29, 2012
Renee Albertoli Receives the National Freeman Tilden Award
Park Ranger Renee Albertoli from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is the 2012 recipient of the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence. Albertoli was honored for creating a writing enrichment program for high school students entitled "Project Write - Inspire Me!"

 

 

 

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.