Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald

Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald
DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBIT – IT’s AMazing, and informative. Heres a sneak preview, you’ll be able to see what spots are Family Friendly for the kids, but all the spots are great for people who are interested in learning tidbits, and interesting facts about our country’s history, electoral process, family life of the presidents and the First Ladies Dresses. Tickets are $15, $8 for kids. Buy them at the Constitution Center or online. The ticket is good for the duration of the DNC which is through Thursday. You can even ride the Phlash bus for FREE that does a special Political Fest route. Here’s my story and I’m sticking with it….follow me here and on my socials for the latest happening #DemsinPhilly #DNC2016

I had a chance to check out all the Political Fest exhibits yesterday on a special tour with Gov Ed Rendell, as well as with Melissa Fitzgerald, who starred on the popular TV show – West Wing, and will be hosting Political Fest shows at the Constitution Center.

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National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)

Theme: Headed to the White House

The National Constitution Center will serve as the hub for PoliticalFest, and will be the only brick and mortar location where tickets to PoliticalFest will be sold. The National Constitution Center will also be home to PoliticalFest Main Stage. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.


The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today conducted a press tour with Governor Ed Rendell and Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol Fitzpatrick in The West Wing, highlighting the great diversity of exhibits to be displayed at seven different locations throughout PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest, a festival celebrating United States history, politics, and the road to the White House, will highlight the contributions made by important figures and movements since the nation’s founding.


These exhibits will be on display at each of the seven PoliticalFest locations and will create a fun, inclusive, and educational experience for residents, delegates, and members of the media. PoliticalFest will run July 22-27th, open 10am-6pm daily.


Here we are at the Pennsylvania Convention Hall on tour with Kristyn Aldrich, LeapStarr, who is producing the event. With her is Melissa Fitzgerald, and Gov Ed Rendell, Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee 

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It’s at the Convention Center that you can pick up a lot of great DNC2016 merchandise, including products made from local Philadelphians.


There is another pop up shop at the Comcast Center, and 30th Street Station, or online HERE Melissa DSC_7369 (Custom)

There’s a replica of US Air Force One at the Convention CenterMelissa

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F (1101 Arch Street)  Theme: Politics and You!  Includes:  ·  C-SPAN’s The American Presidents exhibit  ·  C-SPAN’s Electoral Boards  ·  Oval Office Replica, presented by Facebook   ·  Air Force One Fuselage replica  ·  Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society “Voting Through Time” exhibit, showing voting booths from the past, present and future.  ·   “I Am Democracy Photo Mosaic” for which guests will take individual photos that will be transformed into a larger digital mosaic of an American flag.  ·   Memorabilia Store, including Host Committee merchandise from local designers like Project Runway winner Dom Streater and apparel favorite Duke & Winston, as well as rare collector’s items.  ·   “Future Leaders Fun Zone” featuring games and other activities for children


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Heritage Center at the Union League (140 S. Broad Street)

Theme: Political Conventions in Philadelphia


  • Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,an exhibit that tells the stories of the 11 conventions held in Philadelphia.



Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street)

Theme: Presidential Archives


  • Presidential Libraries
  • Exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, including:

o A life mask of George Washington;

o A death mask of Abraham Lincoln;

o Rare books, graphics, and manuscripts about the founding of the nation;

o Women in American politics;

o 19th-century African-American political conventions.


Historical Society of Philadelphia (1300 Locust Street)

Theme: Founding Documents


  • “Behind The Ballot,” an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, highlighting the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act, as well as a lookback at the events that took place in 1963.
  • Proof of Declaration of Independence
  • Samples of Articles of Confederation
  • Draft of the Constitution of the United States
  • “We the People” collection, including:

o   Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony

o   Lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation

o   Map of part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the “Proprietaries of Pensilvania” in September 1737


Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (15 S. 7th Street)

Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency


  • Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Philadelphia region’s largest African-American daily publication, featuring iconic front pages and landmark political moments from the paper’s extensive coverage of national politics.
  • Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective featuring pieces from local collectors that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
  • Short documentary of local collectors’ historical artifacts described in their own words.
  • Whistle Stop Philadelphia! will provide guests with a photo-opp with a life-size train replica, like those that were used during whistle stop campaign tours.
  • Philadelphia and the Presidency Exhibit

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National Liberty Museum (312 Chestnut Street)

Theme: First Families


  • “First Ladies: Influence & Image” video, featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
  • A show-stopping display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies going back to Martha Washington.
  • White House China dating back to George Washington.
  • An exclusive photo exhibit highlighting First Families, provided by National Geographic.
  • “Larger Than Life” photo wall, featuring key political figures and their impact on society.
  • Johnston & Murphy Presidential Footwear Collection, highlighting 12 former presidents who wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s kids program will offer a special, interactive program for K-12 students encouraging civic engagement and explaining the process of running for and winning the Presidency.

MelissaThe Host Committee also announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets and individual tickets can be purchased here.