Finding the Founders

July 2, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours

Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.

13th Amendment and Reconstruction
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Congress Hall, Independence National Historical park (Enter Park at 5th and Chestnut Streets)

Explore the post-Civil War era  from a different perspective in this fascinating gallery talk about racial equality. Dr. Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College will use the 150th anniversary of the Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to illustrate its importance in the history of race in America.

Women in Revolutionary America
11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Join historian Sandra Lloyd to discover the important roles women played during revolutionary moments in our country’s history. This exciting, family-friendly program will give you the chance to hear stories about remarkable yet little-known women from the past. Some served as spies, a few outwitted the British army, and many stood up for freedom for all people.

Equality in America Walking Tour
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Meet at National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)

Discover the historic district on a walking tour with Dr. George Boudreau of La Salle University! Learn about the history of Philadelphia and the people, famous and common, who lived and visited here and explore the topic of racial, gender, and class equality. Discover the role this city and Pennsylvania culture played in the transformation of equality in America by visiting different sites in the historic district!

Civil Rights: The 1960s and Today
12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
African American Museum (7th and Arch Streets)

Learn about how the history of the Civil Rights Movement is part of a still-incomplete history on the African American freedom struggle in the industrialized urban north. With emphasis on the strategic use of Independence Hall and electoral activism, Dr. Clemmie Harris of Wesleyan University will establish why Philadelphia is significant to the national story and what lessons it may offer for the present day.

Radicalism and Dissent in 1776
10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Independence Visitors Center (6th and Market Streets)

Dr. Jessica Roney of Temple University will discuss the contentious decision in 1776 in Pennsylvania to embrace independence.  Why did Pennsylvania, which lagged behind sister colonies like Virginia and Massachusetts all through the 1760s and early 1770s, suddenly pole-vault them all to become the most radical new state of all?  Her talk will look at the tensions between a radical new idea of patriotism and a principled dissent from that new vision.

Reminder Day and the LGBT Rights Movement
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)

Join us as the William Way Community Center’s archivist and curator Bob Skiba chronicles the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights. Hear and see this new exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the July 4, 1965 Annual Reminder demonstration, which took place in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was the first in a series of gay rights marches to specifically demand equal rights.

Join our virtual All American Celebration scavenger hunt! Show your smarts and complete against other festival goers in real time.  Getting started is easy:

1.            Download the Scavify App on your iPhone or Android
2.            Search for the All American Celebration Hunt
3.            Join the Hunt and Start Completing Tasks

•    The museum will offer extend hours (9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) on July 2, 2015
•    The museum will offer free admission on July 2, 2015, courtesy of Wawa
•    For tickets please call 215-409-6700


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