William Penn’s 375th Birthday

William Penn’s 375th Birthday

Celebrate William Penn’s 375th Birthday at
Independence National Historical Park


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Philadelphia, October 14, 2019 – Independence National Historical Park and Independence Historical Trust, invite you to join us in celebrating the 375th Birthday of the founder of our city, William Penn.


To mark the occasion, a live restoration of the Henry Inman’s portrait of William Penn will be showcased at the Second Bank Portrait Gallery. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the bank to see the work in progress and to learn about the process of conservation from the conservator, Hartmann Fine Art Conservation Services, Inc. Along with the live restoration, a William Penn re-enactor will also be in attendance to meet visitors and talk to them about Penn’s city.


The William Penn portrait by Henry Inman is owned by the National Park Service. Last year, the portrait was damaged when water dripped on to the canvas. Thanks to a generous grant from Vanguard, Independence Historical Trust was able to fund the much-needed conservation so the portrait can be displayed once more.


“Without partners such as Vanguard, projects such as the restoration of the William Penn portrait could not be accomplished,” says Joyce Walker, Deputy Director for Independence Historical Trust. “We are fortunate that there are donors in our region who understand the importance of preserving our nation’s history, thereby ensuring our national treasures remain protected for the next generation of park visitors.”


The public is invited to visit the Second Bank of the United States, 420 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. The media is welcome to join us at 10:30 am for a preview. The William Penn re-enactor will be in attendance from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the other galleries in the Second Bank during their visit to learn about the founding of our nation through the portraits of people who were here in Philadelphia in the 18th century.


Independence Historical Trust is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose primary mission is to support Independence National Historical Park. Created in 1972, the Trust was the first Friends group to support a national park. For over 47 years, the Trust has been the main Philanthropic Partner to Independence National Historical Park. To support these initiatives or learn about other projects, please contact Joyce Walker, Deputy Director at joyce@inht.org or visit our website at http://www.INHT.org.