COVID-19 at Independence NHP

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Updates (As of May 8, 2020) 

 

The historic buildings in Independence National Historical Park are closed to the public.  This also includes the Independence Visitor Center, City Tavern Restaurant and the National Constitution Center. At this time, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is under a Stay At Home order until June 4, 2020.

 

The grounds of the park are open, and we encourage the public to visit them for their health and well-being. Our gardens are awash in beautiful colors during the spring and early summer. Also consider visiting the park during the non-peak hours.  There is nothing prettier than watching the sun rise on Independence Hall.  

 

We just remind you to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from other people enjoying the Park.  If it helps, imagine that George Washington (he was 6’2”) is laying on the ground and his feet are at your feet. You do not want anyone closer to you than the top of his head! 

 

If you cannot visit the park, check out the virtual resources listed below from us and the park partners.  A trip to the national park is just a click away. 

How you can help support the Best Park in History! 

 

We recognize that times are difficult, the needs of many are great and while the future will be brighter, today is uncertain but we have heard from some supporters asking how they can help continue our mission.  If you are one of those who want to know how to support the Trust and the park we love, we have some recommendations for you. 

 

CARES ACT – Make a donation today

Through the recently passed CARES Act, there are changes to tax law that may impact your charitable giving to non-profits like Independence Historical Trust. 

  • The law allows an above-the-line income tax charitable deduction up to $300 ($600 for a married couple) even if you don’t itemize your 2020 income tax return. The tax break is available to people who claim the standard deduction, which is $12,400 for singles or $24,800 for married filing jointly in 2020.  

 

  • For the 2020 tax year only, donors may elect to apply a 100% of adjusted gross income (AGI) limit to cash gifts to public charities. Gifts to donor advised funds (DAFs) don’t qualify. This means that in 2020, a donor who deducts 30% of AGI in long term appreciated property gifts and elects the 100% of AGI limit for qualified cash contributions will be able to also deduct up to 70% of AGI for qualified cash gifts, a total deduction of up to 100% of AGI. If this donor uses all available deduction for qualified cash gifts, that donor will pay no federal income tax in 2020. 

 

As always, we recommend consulting with a financial advisor to discuss tax deductions related to charitable giving and how it affects you. 

 

Become a member or renew your membership 

 

Memberships to the Trust support our annual fund and allow us to continue our mission of supporting Independence National Historical Park.  While the park is closed, we are working remotely to continue our work on our many projects in support of the Park as well as finding new ways to keep people engaged during this time. 

 

If you are already a member, consider purchasing a Gift of Membership and sharing Independence with someone in your life. 

 

Shop on AmazonSmile 

 

As we all stay home, online shopping has become a way of life.  If you are shopping on Amazon for your essentials, consider shopping on AmazonSmile and choose Independence Historical trust as your preferred charity 

 

Become a Volunteer 

 

Right now, we are practicing social distancing and self-isolation but someday, when we can gather again, the park may need help.  Sign up to become a volunteer and have volunteer opportunities emailed to you.   

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Virtual Resources

Independence Historical Trust

For the kids – Coloring pages of our favorite buildings of Independence National Historical Park. Click here to download.

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For your conference call – Use our background images for your next Zoom meeting and impress your co-workers by holding your meeting in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall. Click here to access the backgrounds.

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Social Media – Follow us on social media for recent updates and to engage with us through images of our favorite national park.

Facebook @IndeHistoricalTrust

Twitter @IHTrust

Instagram @IndeHistoricalTrust

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Independence National Historical Park

For the Kids– Download the Junior Ranger App on your Iphone and Ipad and earn a Junior Ranger badge. Click here for more information.

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For the Family– Download the Independence NHP app on your Iphone, Ipad or android and experience the park from anywhere. Click here for more information.

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For Everyone – Visit the Park’s website for virtual tours and programs. Click here to visit.

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National Park Service

National Park Webcams – Enjoy our nation’s national parks through their webcams.  From the Gulf Islands to the Rocky mountains to Alaska, visit the parks with just a click. Click here for more information.

 

National Park Podcast – Listen to Podcasts from various parks across the country.  Hear from the experts on the science of the parks. Click here for more information.

 

National Park Images – See the incredible images of the National Park Service. Explore the historic pictures of Steamtown National Historic Site to the dark skies of Arches National Park. Click here for more information.

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