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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.

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

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.

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.

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