From a sheep farm to a 12-room house and finally to a 175-room mansion, Winterthur's story through some of the most tumultuous times in American history is extraordinary. Join Director of Interpretation and Estate Historian Jeff Groff and Brown Harrington Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand as they dive into Winterthur's rich history. Buy tickets online or call...

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Any visitor to Laurel Hill will immediately notice that this is no ordinary cemetery. From soaring obelisks, to imposing mausoleums, to lifelike sculpture, there are hundreds of permanent cemetery residents who chose to immortalize themselves in non-traditional ways. A far cry from neat rows of identical headstones, Laurel Hill Cemetery was always imagined as a rural sculpture garden, and...

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5:30–8:00 pm Join us for live music, our beer garden, a variety of food selections, and other offerings at Winterthur After Hours. Each After Hours will be located in the beautiful Winterthur landscape, so you can explore the Galleries and grounds. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. $5 per student. 13 and under are free. After Hours program entry is a $10 nonmember upgrade with...

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Join active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps at Laurel Hill Cemetery as they commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps. Tradition holds that the very first men to enlist in the Corps did so right here in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775 at the Tun Tavern.   A service will take place at the gravesite of Brigadier General Jacob A....

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DNA testing has become ever present, from its role in the recent apprehension of the Golden State Killer to the soaring popularity of genetic-testing kits. In fact DNA-testing services are so readily available that a mouth swab and a few dollars can tell you all about yourself. However, once your genetic information is given out, you can’t take it back. How does DNA testing work exactly,...

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Eastern State Penitentiary partners with New Leash on Life USA for Family Weekend: Pets in Prison. Families discover unique stories about prison animals all weekend long! Kids hear about Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous four-legged resident, Pep the Dog; participate in an animal-themed scavenger hunt; and find out how animals continue to play a role in prisons today.  ...

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On April 6, 1917, America formally declared war on Germany, thus ending its position of neutrality in World War I. This conflict ultimately claimed the lives of over 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians, making it one of the deadliest wars in history. The use of new firearm technology, chemical weapons, and trench warfare combined to be costlier than many had ever imagined – both...

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In the early 19th century, a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences assembled an extraordinary collection of wool, fur and hair, hoping, in a pre-Darwinian world, to discover how animals were related to each other, and what practical purposes their hair might serve. Academy Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow Robert Peck will discuss his new book on the subject, Specimens of Hair,...

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