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Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale, after David Martin, 1835.

Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale, after David Martin, 1835.

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Benjamin Franklin's Life and Times

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: Cancelled
Location: The Benjamin Franklin Museum, Market St., between 3rd and 4th Sts.
Cost:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Benjamin Franklin Life and Times program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
Budding Junior Ranger playing at rolling hoop near the Liberty Bell Center.

Budding Junior Ranger playing at rolling hoop near the Liberty Bell Center on Junior Ranger Day.

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Junior Ranger Day

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, across the lawn from Independence Hall
Cost: FREE

"Go Wild" for history on Junior Ranger Day! Kids (of all ages) will enjoy colonial games, crafts, kite making, hoop races and other fun for budding Junior Rangers. It's all part of National Park Week and it's all free! Look for activities on the lawn across from Independence Hall.
 
Detail of Lucretia Mott by Joseph Kyle, 1842. National Portrait Gallery

Detail of Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), by Joseph Kyle, 1842.

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Lucretia Mott's Enduring Legacy

Dates: Friday through Sunday, May 9, 10 and 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:10
Location: Liberty Bell Center, 6th and Market Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger and hear the story of this courageous activist and mother in this special Mother's Day program. While maintaining a full routine as a mother and housewife, Lucretia Mott became one of the most prominent and persistent advocates of the anti-slavery movement and leader of the women's rights movement.
 
Detail of Dolley Payne Todd (Mrs. James) Madison by James Sharples Senior, from life, 1796-1797

Dolley Madison, one of this nation's many Founding Mothers. (Dolley Payne Todd (Mrs. James) Madison by James Sharples Senior, from life, 1796-1797.)

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Honoring the Founding Mothers

Dates:Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Second Bank of the United States, Chestnut St., between 4th and 5th Sts.
Cost: FREE

Hear inspiring stories about the courage and determination of this nation's founding mothers in this 30-minute ranger-led gallery tour. (Did you know that Mother's Day was founded by Anna Jarvis, right here in the city of Philadelphia?)
 
The death of General Montgomery at Quebec by John Trumbull; engraved by W. Ketterlinus; printed by Andrew Maverick.

Major General Richard Montgomery made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on the Plains of Abraham outside Quebec city.
(The death of General Montgomery at Quebec by John Trumbull; engraved by W. Ketterlinus; printed by Andrew Maverick.)

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Heroism and Sacrifice During the American Revolution


Dates: May 24 & 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Second Bank of the United States, Chestnut St., between 4th and 5th Sts.
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger in this 30-minute gallery tour and hear about the struggles and sacrifices made by members of the military during the American Revolution. This Memorial Day weekend program is a perfect way to remember those heroes who gave so much for the founding of the United States of America, including men like Major General Richard Montgomery and John Laurens who made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Interior view of the Second Bank Portrait Gallery.

The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States.

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Beginning in March: Ongoing programs in the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, 420 Chestnut Street

Orientation Tour - Gather in the main gallery by the statue of George Washington for a tour of some of the notable people depicted in the gallery. Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon, 15 minutes, FREE.

Moses Williams, Cutter of Profiles - Moses Williams created silhouettes by operating the physiognotrace. Hear how his skill led to his freedom and see a reproduction of the machine. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m., 20 minutes, FREE.

Stories of Struggle Slide Program - Join a park ranger for a slide program highlighting the stories of the people, places, and events surrounding the founding and early years of the United States. Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m., 30 minutes, FREE.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Independence Hall

Invited by Congress in 1824, Marquis de Lafayette toured the United States, greeted by crowds and parades. "The Hall of Independence" was fitted up "in the most splendid manner." The event inspired the phrase “Hall of Independence,” thought to be the precursor of today’s Independence Hall.