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(Philadelphia civil rights luminaries meet with Mayor Nutter in front of a new exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Airport Exhibit Honors Philadelphia Civil Rights Leaders Past and Present

Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by unveiling a new exhibit today at Philadelphia International Airport.

07/02/2014

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

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

Young Philadelphians Revisit the 1964 ‘Freedom Summer’ in Mississippi

Nearly 40 students from Youth United for Change will attend the “Freedom 50″ conference, honoring the civil rights workers who signed up African-American voters in 1964, including the three who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.

06/24/2014

(The check presentation ceremony took place across the street from the future site of the Museum of the American Revolution, at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, while demolition proceeded in the background.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

American Revolution Museum, in Old City, Gets Big Check From Bank

As demolition for the forthcoming Museum of the American Revolution gets underway in earnest in Old City Philadelphia, the museum is announcing a sizeable monetary gift of support.

06/19/2014

(Lauren Saul, with one of the American flags in the Philadelphia Flag Day Association's collection. Photo provided)

Positively Philadelphia: Flag Day Festivities

Flag Day is coming up, and you’re invited to a big bash in the hometown of our national symbol.

06/08/2014

(Harry Snyder, second from right, says he was "twenty-two, terrified, and determined" when he landed on Normandy beach 70 years ago.   Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Philadelphia Honors World War II Vets At Independence Seaport Ceremony

“War is hell. No doubt about it,” said Harry Snyder (second from right in photo), now 92 years old.

06/06/2014

(Strawberry Mansion, in Fairmount Park.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

Positively Philadelphia: The Strawberry Mansion, Beautifully Restored

Strawberry Mansion, the largest of the seven historic Fairmount Park houses, recently underwent a restoration, and you’re invited to visit.

05/18/2014

(Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Sidewalk Celebration Heralds Revolutionary War Museum Progress

There were fireworks, cannon volleys, and a full-dress parade outside a National Park Service building that is slated for demolition to make way for the new museum.

03/05/2014

(Young descendents of signers of the Declaration of Independence, accompanied by Mayor Nutter, rear left, and other officials, wear white cotton gloves to protect the Liberty Bell from their ceremonial finger-taps.  Credit: Daniel Reinherz)

Liberty Bell Gets Its Annual Ceremonial July 4th ‘Ringing’ By Young VIPs

Descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence participated in the annual ceremonial Independence Day bell tapping ceremony at the Liberty Bell on Thursday.

07/05/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter, at lectern and on big screen, addresses crowd gathered for Independence Day ceremonies in front of Independence Hall.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Pulls All The Stops For July 4th Daytime Festivities

Security was tight but the mood was light in the place where our nation was born 237 years ago.

07/04/2013

(Chris, no last name given, wears Colonial garb as he describes early electricity experiments to two young Constitution Center visitors.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Thousands Visit as National Constitution Center Marks 10th Anniversary

The National Constitution Center celebrated its tenth anniversary with free admissions and dozens of special exhibits about Colonial America.

07/02/2013

(Belmont Mansion.  File photo)

Historic Belmont Mansion In Financial Danger As Construction Project Falters

The iconic estate has a history going back to the Revolutionary War, and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The group that runs the site is suing a contractor over a partially completed addition.

06/20/2013

(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

National Constitution Center

Constitution Center Deal Will Bring an Original ‘Bill of Rights’ to Philadelphia

The New York Public Library acquired what is believed to be Pennsylvania’s copy in 1896.

05/22/2013

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