Independence NHP: Independence by John Huston

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The founding fathers built Independence Hall in 1732 to be the Pennsylvania State House. They debated and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution here. So it turned out to be the birthplace of the USA.

This 1960s-era visitor center film from the National Archives gives “relevance and life to the hallowed buildings and ground making up Independence National Historical Park. Through vignettes, the people and events are re-created for the present-day visitor.”

The ranger talk shown towards the end of the film is very similar to the one we attended in the Congressional building next door to Independence Hall in 2017. Our ranger also stressed the precedence set here for the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next.

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Location: Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Designation: National Historical Park
Date designated/established: 1951
Date of my visit: August 2017