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William Penn 375th Birthday Events in October

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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT), the Independence Visitor Center Corporation and City of Philadelphia invite you to
Friday, October 18, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
on the City Hall Courtyard stage, Broad and Market Streets
Free and open to all

Planned festivities include: lively music, a mural arts project, silhouette-making; handouts of historical information, reading of famous quotes by Philly's founder, thoughts on William Penn by Rutgers professor Alexander R. Murphy – who will sign copies of his new Penn biography – some last-minute surprises, giveaways and much more. 

Besides celebrating William Penn's 375th birthday, party-goers will learn about his remarkable history and the impact Billy Penn still makes on our lives today. In the distant past, Philadelphia celebrated William Penn's activities for one full week. Now, few area residents know much about him.

The party will take place rain or shine. For information email : [email protected] or call: 610-506-3024.

Other William Penn 375 activities:

Oct. 12, 2109: APT certified guide Jim Murphy hosts a free 3-hour Jane's Walk on William Penn, his "Howling Wilderness," and how he transformed Philadelphia into the fastest growing city in the Colonies. It starts 10 a.m. at the National Constitution Center 525 Arch St., Phila. Jane's Walks, held in honor of writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs, are more interactive and participatory than normal walking tours. No reservations are required. Just show up.

October 15, 2019; APT certified guide Elise Bromberg will show a slide presentation about Penn's life and legacy 6:30 p.m. at the Free Library's Andorra Branch, 705 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia.

October 24, 2019: APT certified guide Elise Bromberg will offer a two-hour walking tour “William Penn’s Philadelphia: Rebel with a Cause” at 11:00 AM, at the special birthday rate of $10.00. Tour meets at the Independence Visitors Center on 6th and Market streets at the tables in the back, past the Hershey Cafe. Tour ends at Welcome Park on 2nd and Walnut Streets. 
To register, write: [email protected]. Limited to 10 people.

Merion Friends Meeting invites you to 
Saturday, October 12th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Merion Friends Meeting Activities Building
615 Montgomery Avenue, Merion PA 19066
Free and open to all. 
For directions and parking info visit

Did Penn ever visit Merion Meeting? Is his Treaty a living agreement that survives today? What would he have thought about our current governance in Harrisburg and Washington, DC?

Rutgers University Professor Andrew Murphy will discuss the Welsh Tract and William Penn's interactions with the Lenape in his lecture in a house of worship as old as Penn's colony.

Andrew Murphy is a historian and Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and author of William Penn, A Life (Oxford University Press, November 2018).