Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a place Americans think they know well. Teachers and students, however, will better understand the growth of the nation and its relationship with the ideal of national identity, civility, and freedom if they learn the nuanced history of the landmark as a place of civic discourse,
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Cultures of Independence: A NEH Teacher Workshop
Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom
We have just completed a successful first week of Cultures of Independence. This workshop for teachers from around the county raises awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776. During each day of a week-long workshop, the teachers are be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory, will be the scholar-in-residence.
Cultures of Independence has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website or during the institutes, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Additional funding is being provided by Wells Fargo through HEAD for the Future, its partnership with HSP, and by Independence National Historical Park.
Review the schedule for the week, meet the faculty and staff, and get a preview of the readings.
Registered participants should check the Sakai site for updates; the calendar here was last updated June 19. Note: Registration is now at 4:45 at the National Constitution Center on Sunday.
While focusing on Independence Hall, Cultures of Independence will be held in a number of historic organizations in Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the U.S. This section provides information on lodging and transportation as well.
Update: Wyndham Hotel check-in is 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the organizations collaborating to create Cultures of Independence.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.