National Geographic : 1956 Jul
:0 (b ,; Visit the room where our liberty was born... Assembly Room, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa. You stand in this room at Indepcendence all and see it as it was on that hot July morning 180 years ago when the Declaration of Independence was adopted. In your mind's eve you can see Ben Franklin ... John Adams down froin Massachusetts ... and Tonm Jef ferson up from Virginia. This is where the States of America were born, and 11 years later became United. Ilere you can see thlesilver inkstand used in the Signing and the chair Washington sat in at tle Con stitutional Convention. In the nearby hallway you can put your hand on the Liberty Bell, the cracked symbol of a nation that didn't crack. At Independence IHall and in the immediate vicinity, the National Park Service is engaged in establishing Independence National IHistorical Park so that visitors of today and tomorrow may see the entire area as it was when the colonists pioneered a new form of gov ermnent there in 1776. America has always been a land of pioneers - rough, fearless men in buckskins who spanned rivers and topped mountains to open up this vast land. But the bewiggcd men in the satin breeches who gathered in Philadelplia were the most fearless pioneers of all, for tlhe opened up the iinds of ien .. . and gave tile world a new concept of freedom. ,--- v\^ FREE Tour Information - If you would like to visit Independence Hall, or travel anywhere in the United States, let us help plan your motor trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corpora tion, 600 Fifth Ave., New York 20, N. Y. - also ask for our colorful National Parks Map. SINCLAIR SALUTES THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS for its important role in the preservation of our historic heritage. The Federa tion has contributed over $210,000 to the National Park Service's restoration of the lower floor of Independence Hall and through its more than 5 million members in 15,312 clubs has been ever active in the field of conservation.