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6 Special Events in Philadelphia Inspired By the DNC

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 27, 2016

6 Special Events in Philadelphia Inspired By the DNC

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Philadelphia is seizing upon its historic past in honor of the Democratic National Convention.

Events are taking place throughout the city that have been inspired by the conference but will last through the year – and even into the next. If you are considering a visit to Philly and would like to learn about the city’s history and the history of our nation, now is the time.

One of the most popular and publicized events happening during the convention is "Donkeys Around Town."

The National Constitution Center is presenting "Headed to the White House," an exhibition on the electoral process. The interactive exhibit follows the candidate from the moment they make the announcement to the Oval Office. Following the DNC, the event runs through Nov. 13. 
The Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia History Museum is presenting “Sweet the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia” at the Atwater Kent through early next year. The exhibit covers all 11 political conventions held in Philly and will incorporate items and stories from the DNC after this year’s convention. The entire presentation features videos, historic objects and more that document the celebrations and the strife of each convention. 

READ MORE: 5 Historic Hotspots to See in Philly During the DNC  

“Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” focuses on the changing laws, policing and sentencing that have shaped the American criminal justice system in an interactive exhibit at the Eastern State Penitentiary. 

"Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics" is an exhibition drawn from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ (PAFA) permanent collection. The show is focused on American artists’ engagement with the political process, including the art of Red Grooms circa 1982, “Philadelphia Cornucopia.” There is also another exhibition taking place next door to PAFA at the Historic Landmark Building that traces the history of presidential portraiture. The exhibit runs through Sept. 18.

READ MORE: Get to Know Philadelphia After Dark at the DNC 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University created a mini-exhibition for the DNC that will run through July 29. “Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils” showcases the museum’s connections to presidents of all political parties. 

Get to know the “First Families” at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum which is displaying sets of White House china that date back to George Washington’s tenure. There are also First Lady fashions, POTUS footwear and First Family portraits. 

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