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Independence NHP Special Programs

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.
 
Thomas Paine attributed to Bass Otis, after Thomas Thompson from the William Sharp engraving after a painting by George Romney, about 1859

Detail of Thomas Paine, attributed to Bass Otis, after Thomas Thompson from the William Sharp engraving after a painting by George Romney, about 1859.

Courtesy Independence National Historical Park

Thomas Paine: The Power of the Press, Starting the World Over Again

Dates: Wednesday, April 23 & Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Second Bank of the United States, Chestnut St., between 4th and 5th Sts.
Cost: FREE

Celebrate National Park Week with a slide program about Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and the American Crisis. Find out just how important Thomas Paine and the printing press were to the success of the American Revolution.


 
Lottery Ticket, Third Class (Philadelphia: B Franklin and D. Hall, 1748). Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

One of 30,000 lottery tickets printed by the printing office of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall to help support the Association of Defense during King George's War (1744-1748).

Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Taking a Chance - Lotteries in Colonial and Early America

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 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 special National Park Week slide program and find out how lotteries were used to fund all kinds of things, including the War for Independence!

 
The 18th Century Garden at Independence National Historical Park

The 18th Century Garden, one of many gardens found within Independence National Historical Park

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Tilling Freedom's Soil - The Roots of Gardening at Independence NHP


Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 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 and discover the history of the landscaping and gardening of Independence National Historical Park in this special National Park Week slide program.
 
Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park.

The Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park, the first in over 400 National Parks, and featured in the film This is America's National Parks.

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National Park Week Film Fest

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: All Day
Location: Independence Visitor Center, corner of 6th and Market Sts.
Cost: FREE

Sit back and enjoy either Walt Disney's Mini Classic, Ben and Me (20 minutes), or the documentary, This is America's National Parks (41 minutes). It's a Saturday...it's National Park Week, so why not watch both? (Ben and Me will only be shown between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.).
 
William Clark by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1807-1808, and Meriwether Lewis by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1807.

William Clark, from life, 1807-1808, and Meriwether Lewis by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1807.

Courtesy Independence National Historical Park

Lewis and Clark in Philadelphia

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30
Location: Second Bank of the United States, Chestnut St., between 4th and 5th Sts.
Cost: FREE

Discover how Lewis and Clark's famous expedition started right here in Philadelphia in this special National Park week slide program. Did you know that the story of Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery is told in over 9 National Parks?
 
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.)

Courtesy Independence National Historical Park

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 at the Battle of Quebec in December of 1775 .
(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?

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.