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Full DNC PoliticalFest Schedule Announced: What to Do and Where

PoliticalFest 2016 - Philadelphia

Last month we told you about PoliticalFest, the festival celebrating U.S. history, government and politics, which will run July 22nd-27th as part of the Democratic National Convention.

Now we can tell you exactly what will be happening at it. The PoliticalFest schedule features exhibits on display at seven different locations, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the National Liberty Museum and the National Constitution Center, which will serve as the festival hub.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available in person at the National Constitution Center and on the Host Committee’s website. The festival will from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Here’s a list of what to do and where: Read more »

Jackie Robinson’s First Contracts Will Be on Display in Philly

Mykalai Kontilai - Jackie Robinson contract

Mykalai Kontilai holds Jackie Robinson’s first contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

“For the performance of the Player’s services and promises hereunder the Club will pay the Player the sum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) for the season.”

The salary may not sound impressive today, but the year was 1947. And the signature on the next page of the contract is even more impressive: Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

Beginning Thursday, Jackie Robinson’s original professional baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers will be on display at the National Constitution Center for two weeks. The contract is on what its owners call a “Freedom Tour” of the United States, and it will make its longest-scheduled stay in the City of Brotherly Love. Robinson’s first minor league contract with the Montreal Royals, signed in 1946, will also be on display alongside it.

The contracts will be on display as part of the Center’s primary exhibit, “The Story of We the People,” until June 5th. Regular admission is $14.50 for adults; the museum is free on Memorial Day due to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Read more »

Six Historical Exhibits to See This Week

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science. at The Franklin Institute

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science at The Franklin Institute

Alexander Hamilton and the Foundation of America’s Financial System @ The Constitution Center | Through July 10th, 2016
It’s basically the Broadway hit without the singing, dancing, and excessive media coverage. In case the mammoth musical mania of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton wasn’t enough to satisfy your Founding Father fancy, this exhibition commemorates our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, whose approach to banking, finance, taxation, coinage, and currency utterly revolutionized the monetary methods of the United States. Read more »

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