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Numerous women comforting wounded soldiers in front of the Pennsylvania State House following the battle of Germantown.

Detail of State House on the Day of the Battle of Germantown by Peter Frederick Rothermel, 1862.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia

The British Occupation of Philadelphia

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in September
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Franklin Court Courtyard, between Market and Chestnut Streets, and 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger for a walk through historic Old City Philadelphia, and hear the stories of the officers, the soldiers, and the civilians during the British occupation of Philadelphia during America's war for independence. On the morning of September 26, 1777, Philadelphians awoke to the sound of fifes and drums playing the familiar tune, "God Save the King," The British Army had arrived and would hold the city for nine months (1 hour).
 
Book cover for Brandywine: A Military History...next to an image of the author, Michael Harris.

Join author Michael Harris for a discussion of his book, Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia, but Saved America.

Images courtesy Savas Beatie Publisher









Battle of Brandywine Lecture and Book Signing

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Museum, Franklin Court, between Market and Chestnut Streets, and 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join Michael C. Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, as he examines the Battle of Brandywine from the unique perspective of the British army. Mr. Harris' talk coincides with our weekend British Occupation walking tour at 2 PM. Michael Harris, is a former National Park Service ranger, and Museum Educator for Brandywine Battlefield State Historic Site. He will be available for questions and a book signing following the lecture (2 hours).
 
The front of the Germantown White House.

The Germantown White House will be open for tours, October 4, 2014, for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

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Germantown White House Open for Festival

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Germantown White House, 5442 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144
Cost: FREE

The Germantown White House will be open for one day, as part of the Revolutionary Germantown Festival. This is a special opportunity to tour this historic residence. Used as headquarters by Lt. General William Howe after the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, the house was later used by President George Washington as a refuge from the Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793, and as a summer retreat for himself and his family the following year.

 
Detail of portrait of Thaddeus Kosciuszko by Julian Rye.

Find out how men like Thaddeus Kosciuszko transformed the American Revolution into an international struggle for freedom.

Detail of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, oil on canvas by Julian Rye, 1897.
Courtesy Independence National Historical Park

A Global Fight for Independence

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Hear in this ranger-led program how the American Revolution was not simply a war between Great Britain and the American colonies. Discover how help from new allies like the Marquis de Lafayette and Thaddeus Kosciuszko transformed the struggle into an international fight for freedom.
 
Detail of photo of daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, by W.S. Hartshorn, 1848.

Spend an Evening at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and enjoy hearing tales and poems direct from the "Mind of Poe."

Detail of a photograph of a daguerreotype by W.S. Hartshorn, 1848.
Library of Congress





In the Mind of Poe

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th Street
Cost: FREE

Encounter characters from the imagination of Edgar Allan Poe, author and former resident of Philadelphia, in this special evening program at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Join park staff and volunteers on this "haunting" literary tour through Poe's house. Meet memorable narrators and Poe himself as they recite passages from popular poems and tales such as "Annabel Lee," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," and "Murders in the Rue Morgue." Tours begin every 30 minutes. Tours are limited to 25 people and are first come, first served.
 
Detail of portrait of Thayendenegea (Joseph Brant) by Charles Willson Peale

Thayendenegea (Joseph Brant), a leader of the Mohawk nation, saw western expansion as a threat to his people. He felt it was in the best interest of his people to fight against the Americans during the War for Independence.

Thayendenegea (Joseph Brant) from life, by Charles Willson Peale, 1797.
Courtesy Independence National Historical Park

The First Americans

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in November (Except Nov. 8-9)
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger for an informative program about the role of Native Americans before, during, and after American Revolutionary War. Find out which side each of the different tribes took in the conflict between the Great Britain and the rebellious colonies. Discover how those decisions effected each of the tribes in the war's aftermath (30 minutes).

 
Independence Hall with a blue sky in the background.

The United States Marine Corp can trace its origins to Independence Hall, when on November 10, 1775 the Continental Congress passed a resolution calling for the raising of two battalions of marines.

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Small But Fiesty: The Birth of the U.S. Marine Corp

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 8 & 9, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Hear the stories of the people and events that led to the formation of this legendary fighting force created during the American Revolution. Enjoy the ranger-led slide program in honor of the Marine Corps birthday, celebrated 10 November. Semper Fidelis (30 minutes).

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dolly Todd

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.