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Message from CEO & President

Happy New Year from the Independence Visitor Center! We believe that since our opening two years ago, the Independence Visitor Center has provided a powerful informational vehicle for an industry that is the second largest for Pennsylvania. We are the natural physical extension of the region's marketing efforts that attracts our visitors here. We will continue to sell the region while our visitors experience it. In 2003, we served more than 1.8 million people. We look forward to working with you in 2004 and strengthening our partnerships. 

Bill Moore 

January 2004 | Issue 2

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Independence Visitor Center
Celebrates Ben Franklin's Birthday

On January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., visitors to the Independence Visitor Center will get a flavor of all the excitement of Ben Franklin's 298th Birthday. Ben Franklin himself will make an appearance on America’s most historic square mile, to discuss his life and his inventions. Then children can create their own scientific experiments with make & take crafts, and they will receive special Franklin spectacles.

Visitors can then visit the The Franklin Institute for a huge birthday party with a giant birthday cake with Ben. Visitors will learn about his famous experiments in the Electricity Show, and the Curiosity Show will feature some of his most interesting inventions, spanning topics from light to music.

Dexter, of the television cartoon series Dexter's Laboratory, courtesy of Comcast Cable, will greet visitors in the Bartol Atrium at the Franklin Institute. A scientist in his own right, Dexter is a small child with a secret lab hidden inside his bedroom, unbeknownst to his parents.

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Visitor Center Revises Web Site

Have you seen the revised Independence Visitor Center web site? The site includes virtual tours of the Visitor Center, online hotel bookings, driving directions, ticket and tour information, and enhanced navigation. To view the site, visit


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