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Betsy Ross House

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren't affected by the government shutdown.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Old City Tourists Find Plenty To Do Despite Government Shutdown

Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.

10/01/2013

(Philadelphia police, fire, and government officials conduct a 9/11 memorial service outside the Betsy Ross House, at 2nd and Arch Streets in Old City.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Officials Mark 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers sounded a bell in memory of all of the victims of September 11th, including first responders.

09/11/2013

Rachel Grieb, with mother and father John and Sarah and her two brothers. (credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

13 Children Become American Citizens At Betsy Ross House Ceremony

They hailed from 13 countries, one for each of the 13 colonies that became a part of the Union this day 237 years ago, as well as the 13 stars on the original flag created by Betsy Ross.

07/04/2013

(A poster advertises Old City's First "Inside Out" event on July 6th.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Old City Will Make Its ‘First Friday’ a Two-Day Event In July

For the first time next month, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and other venues in Old City Philadelphia will be going to their sidewalks for a one-day festival.

06/25/2013

(The Cabinetmaker's Apprentices entertain visitors near the ticket counter of Historic Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Summer Activities Offered For Schoolkids Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District

As summer gets underway for the region’s schoolchildren, the tourism agency Historic Philadelphia wants to help parents fill the time off.

06/18/2013

(A member of a precision skydiving team makes a pinpoint landing on Independence Mall.  Photo from National Park Service)

Philadelphia, Home of the American Flag, Pulls Out All Stops For Flag Day Celebrations

On Independence Mall, bystanders got a Flag Day surprise when members of the Fastrax Skydiving Team made a grand entrance from above, carrying gigantic American flags.

06/14/2013

(Credit: Justin Udo)

Flag Week Kicks Off With Ceremony At Betsy Ross House

The ceremony served as a reminder on just how to handle Old Glory when it shouldn’t be used anymore.

06/09/2013

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Top Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013 In Philadelphia

This March, celebrate Women’s History Month with events and activities honoring local women of the past, present and future.

03/04/2013

Top Fall Family Getaways In Philadelphia

To enjoy the best weather and view the city at your leisure, head to these top spots for a great fall family getaway.

10/18/2012

(An historic reënactor leads a toast at City Tavern, 2nd and Walnut Streets.  Image from Historic Philadelphia video.)

Special Autumn Events Scheduled For Old City Philadelphia

Tourism officials are touting some special — and possibly spooky — events coming up next month in Old City.

09/24/2012

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Independence Day Children’s Citizenship Ceremony Takes Place At Betsy Ross House

Philadelphia has 13 new US citizens, as of the 4th of July. An Independence Day Children’s Citizenship Ceremony took place at the Betsy Ross House.

07/04/2012

(Credit: Betsy Ross House)

Guide To The Betsy Ross House

History is everywhere in the nation’s first capital, from the cobblestone streets of Old City to the grassy quads of Penn. So it’s no surprise that the creator of our nation’s flag and one of the most important women in American history, Betsy Ross, lived and worked right here in Philadelphia

05/22/2012

(Lisa Acker Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House, with the tools and ingredients using in Colonial times to make chocolate.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Yummy History of Chocolate Coming To Betsy Ross House

Lisa Acker Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House, says that from December 26th through 31st, they’ll be hosting free historic chocolate-making demonstrations.

12/22/2011

(As "Benjamin Franklin" watches, Independence National Historic Park superintendent Cynthia MacLeod addresses the graduating class of Historic Philadelphia's "Benstitute."  Photos by Karin Phillips)

Graduation Day For Philadelphia’s Historic Reënactors

The newest crop of Philadelphia historymakers and storytellers begin their work this Memorial Day weekend after graduating at a ceremony at the Betsy Ross House.

05/26/2011

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‘An Evening Of Mourning’ At The Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House is holding a special event Friday night. It is an evening of mourning that will examine death in the life of Colonial Philadelphia.

11/05/2010

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