Situated on a meadow in Fairmount Park, its high copper dome is visible for miles. Built in 1875, Memorial Hall was conceived ... More
Situated on a meadow in Fairmount Park, its high copper dome is visible for miles. Built in 1875, Memorial Hall was conceived as an international art gallery but became the central facility for the United States' Centennial celebration. President Ulysses S. Grant opened the Centennial proceedings in Memorial Hall's 150 foot-high 'Great Hall' on May 10, 1876. This is the only significant structure remaining from the Centennial festivities. An exhibition in the basement pays homage to the Centennial fairground, the first World's Fair ever held in America.
The 45 minute tour was one of the best I've ever been on. Our guide really knew his history and did an outstanding job -- he made history come alive. And there was no charge for the tour in February!!!
In 1789, Library Hall became the first library which opened to the public, the predecessor to the Library of Congress.
The hall was refurbished during the 1950s and today holds an excess of books from the Philosophical Hall collection. ...
The only monument dedicated to honor the memories of unknown Revolutionary War soldiers was originally used as a Potter's Field,
where the poor and indigent were buried. Although Philadelphia is not known as a battleground, this section of Washington ...
A key military figure in American victories over the British in the Revolutionary War, Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a Polish born
adopted son of Philadelphia. As a colonel and military engineer in the Continental Army, his greatest triumph over enemy ...