The Liberty Bell - 11 - 27

Welcome back, everyone!  As we close in on Thanksgiving, we like to ... um ... give thanks. Today, we will be honoring one of the most famous symbols associated with the pursuit of freedom in the United States: the Liberty Bell! A larger than life, half-sized replica of the Liberty Bell dominates the foyer of the American Treasure Tour, greeting visitors before they enter either the Music Room or the Toy Box, and we don't think there's a better time to celebrate this iconic artifact than during Thanksgiving week.

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The bell was commissioned in 1752 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Charter of Privileges - Pennsylvania's guarantee to its colonists of freedom of religion.  The words "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto the inhabitants thereof," borrowed from Leviticus in the Bible, give the bell the power it has to this day.  It became a symbol of strength, adopted by abolitionists during the time of slavery, and again as a representative of freedom after the Civil War.  Although it will never be used to chime the hour or to honor an occasion, the Liberty Bell remains a powerful voice for liberty and one of the most popular Philadelphia destinations for visitors from around the world.

QUESTION:

What was the original site at which the Liberty Bell was located prior to its current site, in a pavilion on Independence Mall in Philadelphia?

a)  Independence Hall

b)  The Pennsylvania State House

c)  Congress Hall

d)  The Philosophical Society of Philadelphia

e)  The United States Supreme Court Building

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

1924 was the year, November 27th was the day.  The first Macy's department store-sponsored Thanksgiving Day parade was held, inspired by the desire of its staff.  At the time, Macy's employed a large percentage of European immigrants in its store.  Many of them missed the festivals and parades they used to enjoy in their home countries, and were able to convince Macy's leadership to sponsor the parade.  It traveled from 145th Street in Harlem, down to Heritage Square near the flagship Macy's store, and was a huge success.  The Macy's parade has become an iconic part of New York City tradition ever since then.

BIRTHS:

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Robert Emil Schmidt was born on this day in 1917, better known as Buffalo Bob Smith, the human foil of early television celebrity Howdy Doody.  One of the earliest programs on the new technology of television, The Howdy Doody Show aired between 1947 and 1960 and maintained its popularity well beyond, delighting children and their parents.

Buffalo Bob shares his birthday with Bill Nye the Science Guy. Born in 1955, Bill has made science fun using comedy since the early '90s.  Similar to Buffalo Bob, Nye is familiar to children and their parents for his entertaining education.  And he is also an avid swing dancer who participated in the seventeenth season of Dancing With the Stars!  (An injury resulted in his defeat early in the run.)

QUOTE:

If you look back on all the teachers that you liked, I am sure you will find they were very entertaining. -- Bill Nye

Answer:  b)  [This was a trick question, since the original name for what is now known as Independence Hall was The Pennsylvania State House.  Don't hate us because we're tricky.]