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PoliticalFest Only Two Weeks Away!


Friday, July 8, 2016

In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, join HSP for PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House.

The experience will consist of exhibits at seven participating locations (including HSP!), each centered around a specific theme related to American politics, government, and history.

PoliticalFest will run from July 22nd-27th. Exhibits will be open at each venue daily from 10am-6pm. Seven institutions are participating across Philadelphia: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia, The Library Company of Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, National Liberty Museum, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

The Historical Society of Philadelphia

Where: 1300 Locust St.

Theme: Founding Documents


  • A printer's proof of the Declaration of Independence
  • Drafts of the Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution
  • “We the People” collection, including the Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony, and more.
  • “Behind The Ballot," an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, that highlights the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act
  • And more.

National Constitution Center

Where: 525 Arch St.

Theme: Headed to the White House


  • "Headed to the White House," the museum's feature exhibit focuses on the presidential election process.
  • One-on-one interviews with actors who have played presidents on-screen.
  • Screenings of recorded presidential speeches.
  • And more. 

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F

Where: 1101 Arch St.

Theme: Politics and You!


  • C-SPAN exhibit, "The American Presidents."
  • Oval Office replica, presented by Facebook.
  • Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society.
  • “Voting Through Time,”an exhibit showing voting booths from the past, present and future.
  • And more.

National Liberty Museum

Where: 312 Chestnut St.

Theme: First Families


  • “First Ladies: Influence & Image,” an exhibit featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
  • A display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies dating back to Martha Washington.
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s Kids Program, a special, interactive program for K-12 students to encourage civic engagement and explain the process of running for President.
  • And more.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Where: 15 S. 7th St.

Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency


  • Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune.
  • Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective, including pieces from local collectors will be on display that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
  • And more.

Library Company of Philadelphia

Where: 1314 Locust St.

Theme: Presidential Archives


  • "Presidential Libraries," an exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection.
  • A life mask of George Washington.
  • A death mask of Abraham Lincoln.
  • And more.

Heritage Center at the Union League

Where: 140 S. Broad St.

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
  • And more.