NLM @ Home LIVE!

Programs, Activities, and Events for Kids

While we are all connecting and learning from a distance, the National Liberty Museum invites you to explore ideas of liberty from home with a variety of both LIVE events and DIY projects. The list below are the upcoming LIVE programs, activities, and events which children and parents can link into to participate in learning experiences with others. We invite learners of all ages to explore the NLM lessons below that focus on themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:
LIBERTY LEARNING LIVE – ALL AGES
Wednesday, July 1, 10am: The Liberty Bell
Wednesday, July 8, 10am: Raised Fist Symbol of Solidarity
Wednesday, July 15, 10am: Freedom Painting
Monday, July 20, 10am: Special Lesson on National Heroes Day
Wednesday, July 29, 10am: Freedom Painting

These events are FREE, except for the Freedom Painting events, which include a fee for art supplies. Pre-registration is required for all events. A Zoom link and password will be sent 1 hour before the lesson is set to start. To register for multiple events, click here. To register for individual events, please use the links below.

Wednesday, July 1, 10am: The Liberty Bell
Join Leah Coppage Gross in exploring one of the most popular symbols of freedom in the United States, the Liberty Bell! Together you will uncover the real history of the bell and how it shaped the struggle for freedom. From the bell’s symbolic origins during the abolitionist movement to its use amid protests of the Vietnam War, what you find might surprise you! We will explore the past, create our own symbols of freedom and ring the NLM’s exact replica of the bell…just in time for Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 8, 10am: Raised Fist Symbol of Solidarity
Join Lyssa Horvath as she looks at the history surrounding the image of the Raised Fist as it pertains to unity and solidarity. We’ll read stories to learn about standing up and speaking out for one another, reflect on meaning of bias, and see how the image of the Raised Fist is used as a symbol to promote liberty today. Bring markers, crayons, paint, and paper to create your own solidarity poster at the end of the lesson! REGISTER HERE.

Monday, July 15, 10am: Freedom Painting
The National Liberty Museum celebrates everyday heroes, and we’re inviting you to show us how you are a home-grown hero. Join museum educators to learn about the everyday heroes in our Museum, discuss how they have worked to secure liberty for people around them, and get a sneak-peek at our upcoming Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition. Philadelphia’s Freedom is an exhibition dedicated to highlighting our home-grown heroes, right here in the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection. Lastly, use your art kit to create your own art that shows how you celebrate or protect not only your personal freedoms, but our communal freedom. Please register by 7/8 to ensure we can mail the Art Kit and have it arrive by the lesson date! $10 registration fee includes canvas and painting supplies to paint your Philadelphia’s Freedom. REGISTER HERE.

Monday, July 20, 10am: Special Lesson on National Heroes Day
July 20th is National Heroes Day and you are invited to celebrate with Museum Educator Maureen Murray! Do you love comic book superheroes? You can create your own comic book hero: YOU! Find out more about how the NLM bring heroes and superheroes to life. Learn about some of the amazing real-life heroes in our Museum and see just how much they have in common with the fictional superheroes we all know and love. Then use that knowledge to create your very own superhero alter ego to tackle issues in our world today! REGISTER HERE.

Monday, July 29, 10am: Freedom Painting
The National Liberty Museum celebrates everyday heroes, and we’re inviting you to show us how you are a home-grown hero. Join museum educators to learn about the everyday heroes in our Museum, discuss how they have worked to secure liberty for people around then, and get a sneak-peek at our upcoming Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition. Philadelphia’s Freedom is an exhibition dedicated to highlighting our home-grown heroes, right here in the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection. Lastly, use your art kit to create your own art that shows how you celebrate or protect not only your personal freedoms, but our communal freedom. Please register by 7/22 to ensure the Art Kit can be mailed to you. $10 registration fee includes canvas and painting supplies to paint your Philadelphia’s Freedom. REGISTER HERE.


 

READ & ROMP – ALL AGES
Thursday, July 2, 10am – Book: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang
Thursday, July 9, 10am – Book: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Thursday, July 16, 10am – Book: The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi
Thursday, July 23, 10am – Book: Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
Thursday, July 30, 10am – Book: To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

These events are free via Facebook Live and no pre-registration is required. Visit our Facebook page here.

Join our educators as we bring our Read & Romp program for little learners to you! New Romps will be available every week with storytelling, big ideas and fun activities available for learners and their guardians. We also want to hear from our learners and invite you to share your work on social media. If you miss any of these live readings, you can find the videos here.


 

HEROES NEED ALLIES: Stepping up Inclusive Dialogue with Children Workshop
Monday, July 27, 7pm

Not all heroes wear caps, and not all activists carry megaphones. Join NLM and everyday heroes who work to dispel racism and discrimination in our city. Join Journalist Ernest Owens and Preschool Director Veronica Alvarado-Frias in a discussion-based workshop centered on how to talk about racism and discrimination with your family. Use best practices presented to move beyond inclusive conversation and shift to be more actively antiracist. Take the first (or fifteenth) step in becoming a better ally for our city’s everyday heroes. This event is free, however pre-registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

Presenters:
Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He is a Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine. As an openly black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. At 28 years old, he already serves on the board of directors of Philadelphia Community Access Media, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and New Leaders Council PHL. He’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working towards his Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  His work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, NPR, CNN, USA Today, BET, MTV News, and other media outlets, and he has earned countless honors. He can be found on Twitter and other social media platforms at @MrErnestOwens and ernestowens.com

Verónica Alvarado-Frías was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. After teaching PK and First Grade for several years, she moved to Philadelphia where she started a new teaching journey. While maintaining her focus on early childhood, she obtained a Masters in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Verónica is the Director of Arch Street Preschool. She is passionate about social justice, and firmly believes in access to quality education for all. She is bilingual (Spanish/English), enjoys meditating, and loves going for long walks with her dog Maggie.


 

 

 

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

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Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.