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Independence Hall File Photo (Credit: John McDevitt)

Federal Study Shows History Still Big Economic Engine For Philadelphia

A study released by the National Park Service shows Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia continues to play a critical role in boosting the city’s economy.

07/24/2014

(An actor protraying Continental Army colonel John Nixon reads the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered outside Independence Hall.  Photo by Rachael Grossman)

At Independence Hall, Echoes of a Public Proclamation 238 Years Ago

A reënactor portraying Col. John Nixon read the words of the Declaration of Independence to hundreds assembled in Independence Park, behind Independence Hall.

07/08/2014

US Vice President Joe Biden waves at the press in Vina Del Mar, Chile on March 11, 2014 after Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's inauguration.  File photo by Claudio Reyes/ AFP/ Getty Images)

VP Biden Will Take Part in Philadelphia’s July 4th Ceremonies This Year

Biden will join Mayor Nutter and others on Thursday morning in front of Independence Hall for the 2014 edition of the “Celebration of Freedom” ceremony.

07/01/2014

Environmentalists push for Independence National Park to stop the sale of bottled water. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Environmental Groups Call On Independence National Park To Stop Sale Of Bottled Water

Environmental group Corporate Accountability International delivered petitions to Independence Park headquarters on Wednesday, calling for a ban on the sale of bottled water.

03/27/2013

Independence Hall File 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 Bishop White House, at 309 Walnut Street, would be closed to tourists if sequester cuts go into effect.  File photo from Independence National Historic Park.)

Automatic US Budget Cuts Would Hit Philly Tourist Spots, Children’s Programs

This was supposed to be the crisis that wasn’t. Now, the impact of some of the expected local cuts would be felt all across the Delaware Valley.

02/25/2013

(Credit:  Independence National Historical Park)

Possible Civil War Cannon Shot Found On Independence Square

A contractor, grinding a tree stump in Independence Square on Wednesday, made a not so routine discovery.

10/25/2012

(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

(credit: Cherri Gregg)

Hundreds Gather For Reading Of Declaration 235 Years After Independence

Hundreds gathered at noon in Independence Square, at the same place and time where Colonel John Nixon first read the Declaration of Independence 235 years ago.

07/08/2011

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