Independence National Historical Park

Bells To Ring On April 9 To Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Surrender

Special events on April 9, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will be part of a nationwide observance of the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. That surrender marked the symbolic but not the final end of the Civil War.

Smoke From Fire Impacts Major Art Collection At Independence National Historical Park

Anyone who has worked in an emergency response job knows that false alarms from fire and security systems are a fact of life, but on Tuesday morning last week, a smoke alarm from a building at Independence National Historical Park proved to be the real deal. Prompt response by firefighters prevented major damage to the historic Second Bank building, but an important collection of artwork received serious smoke impacts.

Eastern National Seeking Donations To Reprint Publication Profiling Signers Of Declaration Of Independence

Eastern National is turning to the public via Kickstarter for funding to enable it to reprint a 1973 publication that contained profiles on the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Reproduction Copies of Ben Franklin's 1743 Newspaper Available at Independence National Historical Site

Benjamin Franklin is one of the best-known figures in our nation's history, and for good reason. He was a Founding Father, diplomat, statesman, scientist, inventor, writer, and more. At Independence National Historical Park, they're featuring another of his skills—expert printer—and through December 18, you can purchase a hand-printed reproduction of his Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper from 1743

Museum Store Opens In Renovated Benjamin Franklin Museum At Independence National Historical Park

A new museum store has opened in the newly renovated Benjamin Franklin Museum at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

Independence National Historical Park Ranger Wins Freeman Tilden Award For Interpretation

A ranger from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia has been selected for the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden Award for interpretative excellence.

New Booklet Tracks World Heritage Sites Across The National Park System

There are a surprising number of World Heritage Sites in the National Park System. A new booklet tracks them and explains why they carry this distinction.

150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Inaugural Journey Commemorated in Sixteen Cities This Month

This month marks the 150th Anniversary of the trip by then President-elect Abraham Lincoln from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C. The National Park Service will commemorate the journey by sponsoring programs from February 11 to February 23 in sixteen cities and towns where Lincoln made stops and remarks during his trip.

This Gift Wrapping Won't Be Removed Until Long After Christmas

Countless packages will be unwrapped in homes across the country this week, but thanks to a generous gift from one park's Friends group, a famous American landmark got a special wrapping job—and this very large "package" won't be opened until later next year.

Land Swap Clears Way for American Revolution Museum Within Independence National Historical Park

Slightly more than a year after it was announced, National Park Service officials finalized a deal Friday to have the Museum of the American Revolution rise within the grounds of Independence National Historical Park, not within Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Visit Independence National Historical Park to Listen To Ben Franklin's Musical Invention

We've all heard the story of Ben Franklin and the key suspended from a kite. But are you familiar with the the one about Mr. Franklin's musical invention?

The Oldest Presidential Residence in the U.S. Reopens to the Public. Where it is?

Washington and his family.
Washington slept here, and so did some of his family. It's the oldest surviving presidential residence in the country, and after major renovation, the house has reopened to the public. Do you know where it's located?

Land Swap Moves American Revolution Center Out of Valley Forge National Historical Park

In a surprising move that resolves a long-simmering feud, the proponents of the American Revolution Center have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to build the complex in Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park and not in the middle of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Accessible National Parks, Airline Division

Units of the National Park System are really closer than you think. Some are quite literally in your backyard. Today we're pointing out those that are within an hour's drive of an airport with commercial service.

That “America’s Marines” Commercial Shows Five NPS Units, Not Six

Nobody was able to correctly identify the NPS units in that Marine Corps commercial we invited you to look at. It’s not as simple as it seems. Here’s the solution.

National Parks Provided Dramatic Backdrops for a Famous Marine Corps Commercial

Do you think you’re pretty good at recognizing national parks? Even when you get only brief glimpses? OK, see if you can spot all of the NPS units in the extended version of this Marine Corps commercial featuring the Silent Drill Platoon.

Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements

Rehabilitation projects, invasive species eradication and biodiversity research were among the $27 million worth of Centennial Initiative projects for the National Park System announced Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and NPS Director Mary Bomar.
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National Park Quiz 9: The American Revolution

With the July Fourth celebration in the offing, we naturally turn our thoughts to national parks commemorating events and people associated with the struggle for independence. This week’s quiz accordingly focuses on the American Revolution. Answers are at the end. No peeking, please.
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