Monday, July 01, 2013

Constitution Center Free Tomorrow (Hoagies edition)

The National Constitution Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary tomorrow.  Since it is also Wawa Hoagie Day, Wawa is providing free admission.  I've been there, it's fun.  [Special note to Dr. Who fans, remember not to blink when you're in the Hall of Signers.]

Planned events include:

Wawa Hoagie Day build
                        Stars & Stripes School Lunchroom
                        5 am. – 11 a.m.
                        Wawa Hoagie Day begins at the National Constitution Center with 200 Wawa associates building the 4½ ton hoagie. Constitution Center Chief Operating Officer Vince Stango will be on hand as well as Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens and George Washington!

History of the Hoagie Exhibit
Grand Hall Overlook
9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
As part of Wawa Hoagie Day, the Constitution Center will host an exhibit featuring Wawa’s 200 year-plus history, a special program on the history of Wawa, as well as an interactive quiz show about the history of the hoagie.

The 1968 Exhibit
Feature Exhibition Gallery
9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Vietnam War. Civil rights and women’s lib. MLK and RFK. Janis and Jimi. Laugh-In and love-ins. Bringing one of America’s most colorful, chaotic, culture-shifting years vividly to life, The 1968 Exhibit illuminates the power of “We the People” to exercise and expand our freedoms. Visitors travel through 12 exhibition areas corresponding to the months of the year—as well as three lounge spaces (bean bag chairs included) inviting interaction with 1968’s most enduring and influential music, movies, fashions, and more.

Social Media Scavenger Hunt
Historic Philadelphia
9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The museum is hosting a fun, large-scale, social media scavenger hunt that hits all of the most important landmarks within Independence National Historical Park essential to the story of our nation’s founding. Participants will follow clues in order to find special life-size cardboard cutouts of some of America’s most famous founding fathers hidden in “secret” locations. They will then be instructed to follow the National Constitution Center on Twitter or Instagram (@ConstitutionCtr), snap a picture of themselves with the cutout, and tag the photo using#PhillyFounders. Clues can be found out

Finding the Founders
Historic Philadelphia
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.         
The museum and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia are hosting free conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. For a full schedule, visit

This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 1776 Experience
Front Lawn
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At our re-created Revolutionary War encampment, right on the Center’s front lawn, practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent, visit the blacksmith, or try your hand at carpentry or leatherwork.

Colonial Demonstrations
Grand Hall Lobby
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Experience what life was like before modern technology with hands-on, Colonial-era demonstrations, including paper-making, candle-making, a printing press, and lawn games.

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