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Independence National Historical Park

(The Independence Visitor Center, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Visitor Center Boss Says Fed Snub On Reopening Hurts Philly Tourists

The Visitor Center, at 6th and Market Streets, is on federal property but gets only one-fifth of its funding from the federal government.

10/15/2013

(Ranger Renee Albertoli asks question to kids Hoping to earn the park's latest trading card. Credit: John McDevitt)

Independence National Historical Park Unveils Latest Earn And Learn Trading Card

Independence National Historical Park unveiled its latest earn and learn trading card. The program is designed to help kids connect with the faces, places and stories represented in the park.

06/01/2013

Photo Credit: John McDevitt

Tourists Spend A Lot Of Cash When Visiting Historic Sites In Philadelphia

According to estimates, 3. 6 million visitors spend a little over $150 million a year and that goes to support 2100 jobs in the local area.

03/03/2013

(The Bicentennial Bell is lowered by crane to a truck bed for relocation.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Bicentennial Bell, Britain’s Gift to US, Goes Into Storage

The nearly 13,000-pound bell was removed from its tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets today to make way for a new Revolutionary War museum.

01/31/2013

(Credit: Mark Abrams)

Old City’s Historic Washington Square Gets 13 New Trees

“The Revolutionary War buried thousands here, and every time we do an installment, an excavation, or a root grinding, we have to have an archeologist on site, by law,” says the park’s facility manager.

05/10/2012

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Top Black History Month Events In Philadelphia

With Black History Month upon us, Philadelphians won’t struggle to find special programming, events and venues that are celebrating.

02/01/2012

(Park ranger Tom Degnan plays a glass armonica on Ben Franklin's 306th birthday.  Credit: John McDevitt)

For Ben Franklin’s 306th Birthday, Music From One Of His Inventions

In honor of the 306th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, park rangers from Independence National Historical Park were demonstrating a musical instrument invented by Dr. Franklin.

01/17/2012

(Among those taking part in today's groundbreaking were Suzanne Biemiller of Mayor Nutter's staff, second from left; Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historic Park, center; and Donald Kimelman, managing director of Philadelphia programs at the Pew Charitable Trust, far right.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

Ground Broken For New Benj. Franklin Museum In Old City Philadelphia

When completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground — below the area known as “Franklin Court,” just off Fourth and Market Streets.

10/24/2011

(City Tavern, 138 South Second Street, at the corner of Walnut.  File photo)

No Proposals For City Tavern

Over the summer the National Park Service announced they were accepting proposals from other proprietors for the space currently occupied by City Tavern. The September 23rd deadline passed and there were no proposals.

09/27/2011

(Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Independence Hall Emerges From Scaffolding, Project Months Behind Schedule

The $4.4-million tower rehabilitation project on Independence Hall is 3 months behind schedule.

07/27/2011

(City Tavern, 138 South Second Street, at the corner of Walnut.  File photo)

National Park Service Puts City Tavern Lease Up For Bids

The landmark City Tavern Concession contract will be expiring soon and as KYW’s Michelle Durham reports, the property is owned by the National Park Service and officials there have opened the bidding process on a 10 year lease on the property.

07/11/2011

(City Tavern, 138 South Second Street, at the corner of Walnut.  File photo)

Bidding Opened For New (Or Returning) Operator Of Old City’s City Tavern

The National Park Service is opening the bidding process for a new 10-year lease on the landmark property at 2nd and Walnut Streets.

07/11/2011

(Despite the rain, a long line of people waited in line today outside the Liberty Bell pavilion on Independence Mall.  If the government shuts down over a budget stalemate, the pavilion would be closed.  Photo by John McDevitt)

With Government Shutdown Looming, Independence Mall Gets a Teaching Moment

A group of grade school students visiting Philadelphia’s historic district got a real life lesson on Friday about the US government and the possible government shutdown.

04/08/2011

Photo Credit: KYW's John Ostapkovich

Threatened Government Shutdown Would Close Liberty Bell, Independence Hall

If the federal government does shut down on Friday, some of Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions will be closed to the public.

04/07/2011

(credit: KYW's John McDevitt)

Independence Hall Gets A Life-Size Stand-In

Even though there is scaffolding on all four sides of Independence Hall for the restoration of the icon’s tower, visitors will still be able to pose for photos on the mall with the image of the building in the background thanks to decorative panels being put into place this week.

11/19/2010

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