Our Mission

Tom Future

“For over two hundred years, the walls that witnessed the creation of our nation have stood on Independence Square protected and supported by the citizens of this country for future generations. Will you join the ranks and be a part of the lasting legacy of the preservation, restoration and education of this magnificent place?”


— Thomas A. Caramanico, Pro Bono Executive Director


Who is the Trust


Independence Historical Trust, a 501(c) 3, is the official philanthropic partner of Independence National Historical Park, the national park that protects, preserves and interprets Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the 54 plus historical acres located in the City of Philadelphia. As such, INHT invests your philanthropic dollars in park programs and initiatives to support.

Why the Trust Exists


The Independence Historical Trust (formerly Friends of Independence NHP) was created in 1972 and is the first Friends group in the National Park Service. Over our long history we have purchased or acquired over 1,000 artifacts for the park’s permanent collections, fund-raised for large public spaces in the park and provided educational tours and programs to visitors and locals alike.


As an independent charitable organization, we work with the National Park Service to support preservation and conservation projects, enhance education and public engagement, and protect the national treasures of the park for future generations. We do this with your generous support


Interested in Becoming a Member?