Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

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Developing park ranger skills in an urban environment

August 2, 2010, 8:46 am
What kind of person would want to be a national park ranger? An outdoorsy type? Someone who loves to tramp through the woods, scale mountains, ford streams? That's not Melissa Burch. Her name may sound like a tree, but "I never even went hiking," said Burch, a park ranger intern who ...

Events Celebrating Women’s History

March 15, 2010, 11:13 am
Check out our list of events at national parks across the country, or use the NPS search tool to find another event near you. National Parks of New York Harbor Join the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial on March 22 for “Symbols, Soldiers, Spies,” a day filled with ...

Weekend Getaway: Independence National Historical Park

January 6, 2010, 9:13 am
Only a few ideas so capture our imagination that they imbue objects with universal meaning. In 1776, the ideals of democracy and liberty gained new expression in Philadelphia, and the United States was born. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell – visited by four million people each year -- now stand as symbols ...

See Historic Philadelphia Without the Crowds! Check out Thursdays 5 after 5.

August 6, 2009, 2:18 pm
Beat the heat and the crowds by checking out some of Philadelphia’s most popular tourist destinations on Thursday evenings during July and August. A summer event made possible thanks to a partnership among the National Constitution Center, the National Park Service and Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the 5 after 5 ...

Independence Hall springs a leak; roof repair to cost $4M

April 10, 2009, 8:34 am
The price of liberty may be eternal vigilance but a leaky roof could cost the National Park Service about $4 million.Park officials have set aside $4.3 million to fix the leaking tower of Philadelphia's Independence ...

America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions

March 4, 2009, 7:17 am
Call it a coincidence, but in the historic election year of 2008, the home of the Liberty Bell cracked the Forbes Traveler list of America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions.Independence National Historic Park, the Philadelphia site that includes the famous bell (as well as the hall where the Declaration of ...

Saving the Benjamins: See Philadelphia on a Budget

February 17, 2009, 6:50 am
With history around every corner - and probably next door to a cheesesteak place - you won't need to spend a lot of Benjamins (Franklins, that is) for a great trip to the City of Brotherly ...

Tour a National Park by Cell Phone

September 19, 2008, 9:59 am
If you’ve ever toured a national battlefield or historic site using an audio guide on tape or CD, or with a handheld device like an Acoustiguide, you know how much these tours can add to your experience of the park’s story. These tools can be cumbersome for parks ...

Park Service Employee Earns a Lifetime of Stories

August 18, 2008, 2:49 pm
Regina Jones-Brake remembers the day she met Lady Bird Johnson. Jones-Brake was 22 and setting type at the Benjamin Franklin print shop in Philadelphia's historic district. "I was called a printer's devil," said Jones-Brake. "I wore a mop cap and 18th century attire. I set type, I inked the ink ...