The National Park Service is an elite model of preservation and access to public lands that has been emulated around the world. Parks tell the story of our nation; people from every conceivable background- rich and poor, famous and unknown, soldiers and scientists, people who are willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.
The National Parks of Philadelphia has a multitude of stories providing the opportunity for connection through relevance. There is a high likelihood that you have found your connection through place-based storytelling. When you find your connection, you also become a co-owner of these special places. And, with ownership comes with a shared responsibility to promote, share, protect what generations of visitors have done. You are literally part of the NPS mission.
It is this sense of ownership that led to the creation of the Independence Historical Trust. The National Park Service highly values the partnership we have with the Trust because our collective strength allows us to better preserve and protect the National Parks of Philadelphia for the education and enjoyment of our visitors. For over 50 years the Trust has aided in the preservation of collections, the rehabilitation of buildings and landscapes, and provided critical volunteer support. The Trust provides an avenue to be directly involved in our stewardship mission. Simply put, we are better together.
Steven D. Sims, Superintendent
Explore Independence National Historical Park – home of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum – with this official National Park Service app. Use it to discover the sites and people of the American Revolution, and the founding of the nation. The app is now available for iOS and Android devices. The app is FREE.
Want to ring the Liberty Bell or print your name on Ben Franklin’s press? iPhone and iPad users can download the Independence Junior Ranger app with five interactive activities that kids (of all ages) will enjoy playing, again and again. It’s all FREE.