PECO Go 4th & Learn: Independence National Historical Park

PECO Go 4th & Learn: Independence National Historical Park
July 4th, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On the 4th of July, get an exclusive look at the ‘rooms where it happened.’ Join a special occasion tour of Independence Hall with experts who will feature behind the scenes opportunities. Visit inside the recreated rental spaces where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Get a rare peek at one of Ben Franklin’s original lightning rods.  Hear the stories of the founding of our nation, right here in Philadelphia! 

2020-07-04 10:00:00 2020-07-04 12:00:00 America/New_York PECO Go 4th & Learn: Independence National Historical Park PECO Go 4th & Learn: Independence National Historical Park on July 04, 2020 @ 10:00 am --- On the 4th of July, get an exclusive look at the 'rooms where it happened.' Join a special occasion tour of Independence Hall with experts who will feature behind the scenes opportunities. Visit inside the recreated rental spaces where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Get a rare peek at one of Ben Franklin’s original lightning rods.  Hear the stories of the founding of our nation, right here in Philadelphia!  --- https://welcomeamerica.com Virtual

Road to Revolution

Ranger Luke Hopely in front of Carpenters Hall and on Independence Square.

Carpenters’ Hall is a treasure in Historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Carpenter’s Hall is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm March through December and Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm in January and February.

The Room Where it Happened

Ranger Larry McClenney in the Assembly Room

The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both signed in this room. Later, the room became a shrine to the founding of the nation, proudly displaying the Liberty Bell and original paintings of the Founding Fathers. That was the scene when President-elect Abraham Lincoln visited the Assembly Room and praised the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Following his assassination, Lincoln’s body lay in repose here for two days. Visitors today can ponder their own role in the on-going experiment in self-government.

 

One Pen, Many Voices

Park Curator Karie Diethorn at the second floor of Declaration House in Jefferson’s rented rooms (7th and Market Street)

Thomas Jefferson resided on this site while drafting the Declaration of Independence. In rented rooms on the second floor, Jefferson wrote his timeless defense of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and all the while attended by enslaved servant Bob Hemings. The house was demolished in 1883 and reconstructed in 1975.

A Simple Bell, A Powerful Message

Ranger Eric Knight at the Liberty Bell 

The Liberty Bell bears a timeless message: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.’ The State House bell, now known as the Liberty Bell, rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House. Today, we call that building Independence Hall. Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly Isaac Norris first ordered a bell for the bell tower in 1751 from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. That bell cracked on the first test ring. Local metalworkers John Pass and John Stow melted down that bell and cast a new one right here in Philadelphia. It’s this bell that would ring to call lawmakers to their meetings and the townspeople together to hear the reading of the news. Benjamin Franklin wrote to Catherine Ray in 1755, “Adieu, the Bell rings, and I must go among the Grave ones and talk Politics.” It was not until the 1830’s that the old State House bell would begin to take on significance as a symbol of liberty. The Liberty Bell Center is open daily from 9am-5pm.

 

The Liberty Bell Center welcomes visitors to learn about the connection between the bell and African American history. Videos and interactive displays explain how the abolitionist movement adopted the object as a symbol of freedom based on the inscribed quote from Leviticus: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Beginning in the late 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to expositions to help heal the divisions of the Civil War, reminding Americans of earlier days when they worked together for independence.

The Hall Through Time

Ranger Sarah Bachan in the tower (clock level and lighting rod)

As originally designed and built, Independence Hall had no tower or steeple. These were added around 1750. The wooden steeple had rotted by 1773 and was removed in 1781. In 1828, the city hired architect William Strickland to restore the original steeple. Strickland deviated from the original design, incorporating a clock and additional ornamentation. A recent restoration of the steeple revealed Strickland’s modern engineering principles. In this segment, viewers will receive a firsthand look at the tower and will be able to see remnants of a lightning rod installed by Benjamin Franklin in 1753.

The Age of Possibility

Ranger Mike Doveton on Second Floor of Hall

Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building. The legacy of the nation’s founding documents – universal principles of freedom and democracy – has influenced lawmakers around the world and distinguished Independence Hall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Independence Hall is open daily from 9am-5pm.

Flat Benjamin

Hi, I’m Benjamin Franklin and I’m one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, the country you are living in. I’m excited to experience Wawa Welcome America with you! Let’s go, this is going to be electric!

Color Me: Use your favorite colors to bring me to life! Of course, my favorites are red, white & blue.

Daily Exploration: Happy July 4th! Snap a photo of me & you in Red, White & Blue! Keep bringing me on all of your adventures, this has been such a fun week with you!

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Louie The Lightning Bug

Explore electric safety with Louie ®

The series is hosted by Power 99’s Cappuchino, along with her daughter Ava, as part of her Capp’s Kidz program.

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