In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, Proclaim ... More
In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof. The bell rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence and was later dubbed The Liberty Bell by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans. Talks on the history of the bell are presented continually during open hours, which vary season to season.
it was pretty boring for me and my family. we had to walk thru a building, get checked, metal detected, then we had to walk across a yard on a hot sunny day in philly, my family ended up walking by all the artifacts and stuff, they were so excited to see the bell, and there it was. you couldn't even read it. i was pretty dissapointed. not a place to bring the kids, really.
I had always learned and heard about the Liberty Bell in the social studies courses in grade school. When I went to Philly to see the Bell I wasn't as impressed. It wasn't all that it was hyped-up to be. Still it's something interesting to see and it's also something where if it ever comes up in conversation with someone, you can say that you've seen it.
I dislike the lines and the distance that you have to observe the liberty bell at. The recent terrror threats have subtracted from the hands on experience of the liberty bell.
I think everyone should see the liberty bell because of the historic significants. Be prepared to observe from afar!
I enjoyed simply admiring the liberty bell and reading of it's history. Its' relevance to our freedom makes it stand out and I can appreciate that much more the struggle and initiative it took to establish our country.
For all that history, that is a little bell!
Kidding aside, its a concise and escellent review of the bell's history and influence on our nation's development. Stories we are probably all familiar with and factoids we might not (e.g. that it was guarded during WWII for fear of sabotage)
Worth a stop!
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