CIVIL WAR WEEKEND IN PHILA Franklin Square Plus Free Professional Photos at Picture Yourself In Philly see schedule

Friday I headed over to one of my favorite parks in the City Franklin Square with all it’s fun things to do like playing miniature golf, riding the carousel or eating a Square Burger at the Stephen Starr shack. There is so much going on during the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Weekend including this little nugget that we should really be excited that Philly has…
but it’s only there through Monday July 4th. I have to say we are really lucky to have the Civil War Traveling Show in Philadelphia over the Fourth of July weekend. (Above: Amy Milessa, Historic Philadelphia, Amy Needle, President & CEO, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and Cari Feiler Bender, Relief Communications)
The Traveling Road Show at Franklin Square is a 53 foot massive trailer where you can learn and experienced The War Between the States. The Civil War Road Show features original “3-D experience” of stereoscopes, voices of individual Pennsylvanians, and scenes of camp and home life. You’ll will be immersed in a new understanding of how America’s greatest crisis changed the lives of Pennsylvanians. The Road Show aims to assemble Pennsylvania’s Civil War history, one story at a time.
Through a Share Your Story recording booth, visitors are invited to share their own Civil War-era family photographs, artifacts, and other material and stories. Through images, sound, words, objects and interactive multimedia, the Road Show will convey stories of the many different ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children, and communities experienced the Civil War, both on the battlefield and the home front. I liked reading the letters from the soldiers and the families. Outdoors programs in the Square include storytelling plus a recreation of a Civil War campground.
Wayne Spilove, Chairman of the Board, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. greets the guests and media and explains the background of the Civil War display and how it came to be.
I love ribbon cuttings, and this one was particularly interesting since General George Meade was going to the honor with his sword.
ALSO in Franklin Square July 1-4: Free performances and appearances by President Abraham Lincoln, General George Meade, Octavius Catto, Civil War soldiers and re-enactors, and Once Upon A Nation storytellers. Free Civil War-themed games, crafts and activities, face-painting, and magicians round out the family-friendly entertainment. The Lightning Bolt Express train will also take young visitors on a train ride through Franklin Square (tickets required).
Lori Salganicoff, Historic Preservation Director at Lower Merion Conservancy with Wayne Spilove,
Mickey Rowley, President of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Barbara Franco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Charles Croce, Executive Director and CEO of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Civil War Weekend will also include an opportunity to meet Octavius Catto and the authors of Tasting Freedom, Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin, for a free book signing event at 11 am on Saturday, July 2, at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets. Visitors won’t want to miss a visit to the Betsy Ross House for a look at the newest exhibit, Rally ‘Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers and the Flags They Carried, which examines the most dangerous job on the battlefield, including a fully-restored Civil War flag made by Betsy Ross’s daughter, Clarissa, on display for the first time ever.
The Civil War experience continues at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, scattered in 13 locations throughout the Historic District. All summer long, including July 1-4, storytellers will share Underground Railroad and Civil War-era stories. To make the Civil War Summer complete, catch a showing of the new Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater, a 15-minute, 360-degree experience hosted by Ben Franklin.
Franklin Square, 6th & Race streets, July 1 –4, 11 a.m.–7 p.m; outdoor programs are noon-5 p.m. Free. Plus there is a gift shop & fair games too. Also “Picture Yourself in Philly” will be in Franklin Square on Sunday July 3rd (Today they are at Penns Landing)

Don’t forget tonight Two City, Two States Fireworks, and tomorrow Sunday, 7/3/11 at Independence Hall 8:00 p.m.Peter Nero and the Philly Pops® return to celebrate America’s birthday with “POPS on Independence,” a free concert at Independence Hall. Come join the celebration and participate in one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions. Note: Seating is first come, first served. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.There are events scheduled every day this weekend keep up with the latest information by visiting or check out the event on Facebook or Twitter

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