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The Local Archive and the Semiquincentennial: A Forum

This one-day forum is an opportunity for area repositories and historic institutions to learn about each other’s plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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March 10, 2023, 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Virtual or in person: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA
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Open to the Public

Hosted by: Kislak Center

With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence just three years away, many archives and museums are turning their attention to planning for the United States’ semiquincentennial. Philadelphia institutions are, unsurprisingly, at the forefront of this activity. This one-day forum is an opportunity for area repositories and historic institutions to learn about each other’s plans and establish connections as the planning continues.

The event will include presentations from organizers of The Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation’s Founding; Delaware County's America250PADelco; and the Pottsgrove Manor historic site. There will be ample opportunity for informal networking and discussion and a lightning round in which participants can pitch ideas for collaboration.

Register above to attend virtually or in person.

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Signatures of eight signers of the Declaration of Independence with a connection to the University of Pennsylvania superimposed on an engraving of Benjamin Franklin

America 250 at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania (then the College of Philadelphia), located In the heart of the city, was at the center of the dramatic events of 1776 and the Revolution that followed. Members of the Penn community were closely linked to the creation of the Declaration of Independence and other founding documents.

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