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    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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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 Rys, 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 (30 minutes).
 
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.
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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.
 
Side by side photographs of David Eisenhower and Aaron David Miller.

David Eisenhower of the University of Pennsylvania (left) and Aaron D. Miller of Woodrow Wilson Center (right) will debate and discuss whether or not Americans need, or even want, another "great" president.

Courtesy World Affairs Council of Philadelphia






The End of Greatness: Will America Have (or Do We Need) Another Great President?

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location: Congress Hall, Chestnut St., between 5th and 6th Sts., (Security entrance at 5th and Chestnut Sts.)
Cost: FREE

Independence National Historical Park and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia present a special evening event in historic Congress Hall. Join the University of Pennsylvania's David Eisenhower and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller as they engage in conversation and debate on the office of the President of the United States. A question-and-answer session will follow. Seating is limited, with a five-ticket limit per reservation. Please reserve your seats by calling, 215-597-7122. For more detailed information check out the flyer for the event.
 
Detail of portrait of Thayendenegea (Joseph Brant) by Charles Willson Peale

Thayendanegea (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.

Thayendanegea (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 the American Revolutionary War. Find out which side each of the different tribes took in the conflict between Great Britain and the rebellious colonies. Discover how those decisions affected each of the tribes in the war's aftermath (30 minutes).

 
Independence Hall with a blue sky in the background.

The United States Marine Corps 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 Corps

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

Enjoy hearing the stories of the people and events that led to the formation of this legendary fighting force created during the American Revolution. This ranger-led slide program is given in honor of the Marine Corps' 239th birthday, celebrated 10 November. Semper Fidelis (30 minutes).
 
Detail of Washington Crossing the Delaware Oil on Canvas by Emanuel Leutze, 1851.

Detail of Washington Crossing the Delaware, oil on canvas by Emanuel Leutze, 1851.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
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Washington Crossing the Delaware

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in December
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 this dynamic slide program and revisit the events surrounding the famous Christmas night journey as Washington and his troops crossed the icy Delaware River to confront the British forces camped in New Jersey (30 minutes).

Did You Know?

Photo of Franklin's Glass Armonica

Benjamin Franklin is credited with being the first American to invent a musical instrument? He invented the glass armonica in 1761 after seeing wine glasses being used to make musical sounds.