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Special Events in February
Join Independence National Historical Park as we celebrate African American History Month and President's Day with a wide variety of special programs and events.
 
Side-by-side portraits of Reverends Absalom Jones and Richard Allen.

Reverends Absalom Jones and Richard Allen led Philadelphia's African-American community in responding to the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Free Africans risked their lives nursing the sick and dying and burying the dead.

Rev. Absalom Jones from Library of Congress and Rev. Richard Allen courtesy Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Crisis in the Capital City: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Dates: February 22 and 28, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Learn about the human side of the epidemic, including the heroic contributions of the African American community in this ranger-led slide show. Though faced with fear and death, Philadelphians grew stronger and more capable of caring for their fellow citizens as a result of this ordeal.
 
Special Events in March
March is Women's History Month, and Independence National Historical Park will be offering a variety of free programs on some of the women who helped found our nation and forge our path. With a wide-range of programs there is something for everyone!
 
Woman standing on a platform next to the "Women's Liberty Bell" outside Independence Hall.

Like the Liberty Bell, the "Women's Liberty Bell," or "Justice Bell," was not able ring. Find out why by attending this special Women's History Month program.

Image courtesy Kenneth Florey

Forging Justice: the Women's Liberty Bell

Date: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March
Time: 10:30 to 10:40am
Location: Liberty Bell Center, between Market and Chestnut Streets, and 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Find out how women in Pennsylvania forged a new symbol for the women's suffrage movement using their own "Liberty Bell," one hundred years ago this year in this 10-minute ranger talk. (Meet the park ranger at the Justice Bell exhibit panel.)


 
Detail of the front page of an 18th-century Virginia Gazette newspaper.

Detail of the Virginia Gazette dated Thursday, August 25, 1774 printed by Clementina Rind in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mrs. Rind was one of many early American female printers.

Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Gentlewomen of the Press

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in March
Time: 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Franklin Court Printing Office, Franklin Court, between Market and Chestnut Streets, and 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Hear about such women as Deborah Franklin, who assisted in her husband's shop, Mary Katherine Goddard, who printed the first copy of the Declaration of Independence to include the names of the signers, and other women printers of the 18th century in this short ranger-led program.
 
Portrait of Martha Washington wearing a white frilly cap and shawl.

Martha Washington tended to sick and injured Continental soldiers during the army's winter encampments. (Detail of Martha Dandridge Custis (Mrs. George) Washington by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1795.)

Courtesy, Independence National Historical Park

Wives of the Generals

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in March
Time: 2:00 to 2:10 p.m.
Location: New Hall Military Museum, Chestnut Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, adjacent to Carpenters' Hall
Cost: FREE

Discover the personal sacrifices women like Martha Washington, Catherine Green and Lucy Knox made to help win the War for Independence in this short, ranger-led program.
 
View of the brick and steel constructed President's House Site.

In "Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality" you may encounter women, like Oney Judge, who escaped from enslavement in President Washington's house here in Philadelphia in 1796. (President's House Site at 6th and Market Streets.)

NPS Photo

Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in March
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger for a slide program and hear about some of the many women whose contributions helped to further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all Americans. Topics include women who made sacrifices in the causes of the American Revolution, the abolition of slavery, and women's suffrage.

 
Engraving of Susan B. Anthony in profile, wearing a plain black dress.

Susan B. Anthony boldly interrupted the July 4th centennial celebration on Independence Square to deliver the Women's Declaration. (Engraving from The History of Women's Suffrage, 1896)

National Archives

Seeds to Suffrage Walking Tour

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Signer's Garden, at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Follow in the footsteps of the women who used Independence Square to fight their own revolution. March on to victory with a park ranger and discover the women's suffrage campaigns that took place in the shadow of Independence Hall.

 
Special Events in April
Independence National Historical Park has a lot going on in April. There are many activities and programs planned for National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day, as well as the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and President Lincoln's assassination. Join us as we celebrate, play, and remember.
 
Head shot of actor Fritz Klein portraying President Abraham Lincoln wearing a stove pipe hat.

Actor Fritz Klein of Springfield, Illinois has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in 38 states and internationally.

Photo by Mike Morbeck courtesy the Lincoln Institute

Lincoln in Philadelphia
Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m
Location: Congress Hall, Independence Square, enter at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Join accomplished actor, Fritz Klein, for a special presentation on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train to Philadelphia. Hear about the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination, his funeral, his vision for America as he expressed it during his life, and his hopes of moving the nation from civil war to civil rights.

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