Release Date: June 5, 2012
Contact: Jane Cowley, e-mail us, 215-597-0060
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 7:30 - 9:00 am, Independence National Historical Park preservation technicians and curators will perform the semi-annual protective waxing of the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell, cast in 1753 for the original tower of Independence Hall, consists primarily of copper and tin. The Bell's pitted surface traps airborne pollutants which can further erode the soft metal. The application of a neutral wax to the Bell's surface protects it from dirt.
This activity is not open to the public. However, media interested in photographing or filming the process are invited to contact the Public Affairs Office at 215-597-0060 no later than 4:30 pm on June 6.
A unit of the National Park Service, Independence NHP was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948. 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/inde or follow us at twitter.com/independencenhp.