Throughout history, Thanksgiving has brought people together for food and conversation. Civic dialogue can be a healthy side dish, as you respectfully share ideas and examples of citizenship. List out three topics related to civic action that you would like to bring up at the table this holiday.
IN THE CLASSROOM
The History of Thanksgiving Constitution Hall Pass Video Lesson
Grab a seat at the table as we talk turkey! Everyone who loves to eat loves Thanksgiving, so join us as we take a look at what this holiday is all about. Learn the real story of the first Thanksgiving, and find out more about the American Indians who were living in what is now New England. We’ll learn about what kinds of foods our early Thanksgiving dinners did and didn’t have, and discover how the day was made a national holiday during the Civil War. And we’ll check out the background of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions—we’ll even talk a little football! So bring your appetite for knowledge and join us as we explore the history of Thanksgiving
AT THE CENTER
November 24 – November 26, 2017
Extended hours, free programming with general admission, and a school supply drive are in store for visitors to the National Constitution Center over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 24, through Sunday, November 26. The National Constitution Center will host a variety of family-friendly programs and activities, including arts and crafts, games, and interactive shows. Featured activities include corn husk doll crafts, exhibit tours, and a Thanksgiving Day Show.
Plus, starting Friday, November 24 (“Black Friday”), and continuing through Martin Luther King, Jr, Day on January 15, 2018 the National Constitution Center invites visitors to “give thanks” by donating school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, copy paper, and folders for Philadelphia schools students. Visitors making a school supply donation will receive $2 off admission. Donations can be dropped off at the Center’s box office. The donations mark the Center’s participation in #GivingTuesday and supplies donated will become part of the Center’s activities marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 15, 2017.
Admission during Thanksgiving weekend includes access to the National Constitution Center’s interactive main exhibit, the signature multimedia, theatrical performance of Freedom Rising presented in the Sidney Kimmel Theater, and the iconic Signers’ Hall.
Meet and Greets: Famous Founding Figures
Daily 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet some famous figures from the founding era of our country; they will answer all of your questions, and even pose for pictures!
Thanksgiving Day Show
Daily, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
This interactive program explores the origins and importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors can learn about the roles presidents have played in creating Thanksgiving Day traditions, including the presidential turkey pardon, and what food may have been prepared at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
Growing Up, American Style
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Visitors can learn about growing up in different eras of American history through a costume runway show, featuring traditional-style dress from historical periods, and a guided tour of the main exhibit.
Founding Fathers, Founding Documents Exhibit Tours
Daily at 3 p.m.
The Constitution Center’s education team will lead exhibit tours—taking visitors back to the revolutionary period to meet the people who founded our nation, and discover more about the documents they helped create.
Hands-on History Station
Daily until 3 p.m.
Visitors can get an up-close look 3-D printed replicas of 18th Century artifacts found at the very site where the Constitution—learn the stories behind these objects, then head upstairs and view the real things in our Main Exhibit.
Corn Husk Dolls Making Station
Daily until 3 p.m.
Visitors can make dolls from corn husk, just like children did in 18th century.
Daily until 3 p.m.
At our activities tables, visitors can discover more about history as they play with marbles, whirligigs, bilobo catchers, tops, nine pins, and other games popular during the 18th Century.