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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back-to-school special features a history lesson

Got this from the National Constitution Center. If you have not been there, here's your chance to get in for less $$. As an added bonus, you can get the kids (and yourself) to experience a history lesson before they go back to school.


Now through Sept. 30

Philadelphia, – Back-to-school means new teachers, new friends…and new reasons to visit the National Constitution Center! Now through Sept. 30 the center invites visitors to buy one ticket and get one FREE (of equal or lesser value), to celebrate the end of summer and the start of the new school season.

With this special offer, visitors can clean out the summer cobwebs and freshen up on American history through the center’s core exhibition, "The Story of We the People," which tells the story of the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive, multimedia features; the award-winning theater show “Freedom Rising;” and Signers’ Hall, which contains 42 life-size bronze statues of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. In addition, visitors can enjoy Labor Day weekend activities from September 4-6; a Constitution Day celebration on September 17; the civic photography exhibition, Being “We the People,”: Afghanistan, America and the Minority Imprint, which is on display through September 26; and the world debut Art of the American Soldier exhibition, which opens on September 24.

Admission to the Center is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors ages 65 and over, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children ages 3 and under are free. This offer does not apply to groups. For ticket information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents. The Center serves as a museum, an education center, and a forum for debate on constitutional issues. The museum dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture and artifacts, and features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising.” The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as the hub for national constitutional education. Also, as a nonpartisan forum for constitutional discourse, the Center presents – without endorsement – programs that contain diverse viewpoints on a broad range of issues. For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit


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