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    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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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.)

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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.
 
Lip of the Centennial Bell and striking hammer inside the Independence Hall bell tower.

Cast in 1876, the Centennial Bell is made in part from cannons from both the Union and the Confederate armies, as well as those from the British and American armies from the Revolutionary War battle of Saratoga.

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Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox


Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Location: Liberty Bell Center, between Market and Chestnut Streets, and 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join Independence National Historical Park, in conjunction with Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War with the ringing of Independence Hall's Centennial Bell. At 3:00 p.m. sharp, bells will ring at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the site of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia surrender to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. This will be followed at 3:15 p.m. by bells reverberating across the country for 4 minutes (each minute symbolic of a year in the war). Independence National Historical park will join in by ringing the Centennial Bell in the Independence Hall bell tower. Share how you observed the event with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015.

 
Interior of Benjamin Franklin Museum showing exhibit cases, images, and text.

For the first two days of National Park Week, April 18 and 19, 2015, admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum will be free to the public.

NPS Photo by Joe Kitchen




Celebrate National Park Week

Dates: April 18-26, 2015
Times: Throughout the day
Location: Areas throughout the park
Cost: FREE

Join Independence National Historical Park as we celebrate National Park Week with special ranger programs, events, and free fee days at the Benjamin Franklin Museum. You can participate in our "selfie" scavenger hunt, play games, meet our rangers and staff to find out it's like to work for the National Park Service, and win prizes. The week will culminate with our Junior Ranger Day celebration (see below). Please visit our friendly park rangers at the Independence Visitor Center for times and locations.
 
Soldier's tents in Independence Square, lining the path to Independence Hall.

Dubbed Camp Independence, Independence Square served as a recruiting station during the American Civil War. Hear these stories and more during our Civil War weekend.

Image courtesy the Library Company of Philadelphia

Independence and the American Civil War

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Independence Square, between 5th & 6th and Chestnut & Walnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Enjoy learning about the history of Independence Hall during the Civil War from costumed rangers. There will be demonstrations, photo galleries, special ranger talks, and plenty of activities for kids. Come and join Independence National Historical Park in its celebration and recognition of the 150th anniversary of the end American Civil War, and the continuing struggle for civil rights.

 
Black and white image showing hundreds of people surrounding President Lincoln's horse-drawn hearse.

Estimates of up to 500,000, almost the entire population of Philadelphia, swarmed the streets hoping to see Lincoln's coffin as it passed in a horse-drawn hearse, on its way to Independence Hall.

Image courtesy the Library Company of Philadelphia



Independence and the American Civil War Walking Tour

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 18 &19, 2015
Times: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Location: The John Barry Statue in Independence Square, between 5th & 6th and Chestnut & Walnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger in this short walking tour and hear how Independence Square emerged as a powerful symbol during the American Civil War. You will learn about President-elect Abraham Lincoln's visit in 1861 and the emotional connection he made to the Declaration of Independence, discover how Independence Square was used to recruit men to fight for the Union, and hear about the thousands of mourners who came to Independence Square to pay their final respects to a slain president in 1865. (30 minutes)

 
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: Funeral Train Commemoration

Dates and Times: April 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and April 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.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 (1 hour).
 
Young boy playing colonial hoop game.

On Junior Ranger Day you can try your hand at rolling hoops, an ancient game known and played by many of the nation's founding fathers when they were kids.

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Junior Ranger Day

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Locations throughout the park
Cost: FREE

Kids (of all ages) can find something fun to do as Independence National Historical Park celebrates Junior Ranger Day. Enjoy colonial games, crafts, hoop races, and other fun next to the Liberty Bell, out on Independence Mall. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our K-9 "Bark Ranger," Ken Franklin. Then, head on over to Franklin Court on Market Street and help Benjamin Franklin with some of his electrical experiments. Or, visit our park archeologist and see what kind of history can be found underground. You can top off your day by catching Disney's animated short Ben and Me, showing all day at the Benjamin Franklin Museum. It's all a part of National Park Week and it's all free!

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