Feb. 22 | Artifact Night

Join us on February 22, 2017 for an in-depth look at Independence National Historical Park’s portrait of Conrad Alexandre Gerard, first French foreign minister to the new United States.

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Although his stay in America was brief, Gerard won the hearts of Americans.  As evidence of this affection, Congress commissioned Charles Willson Peale to paint Gerard’s portrait for their chamber in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall), and  Peale completed the portrait in late 1779.

Peale depicts the aristocratic Gerard in an elegant interior.  Through the room’s open window  Independence Hall is visible, the earliest eyewitness view of the building before the original tower was removed.  Today, Peale’s portrait of Gerard hangs in the historic Second Bank of the United States exhibit, “People of Independence”.

What is Artifact Night?

Artifact Night is a program in its 5th year where we take a hard look at some of the artifacts in the park’s collection that need help and love.  The event is part of the Adopt an Artifact program where artifacts that need conservation are available to be adopted by the public so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Event Information:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Time: 6 Pm – 7 pm
  • Location: Second Bank of the United States (on Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets)
  • Cost: $10 for current Friends members, $18 for General Public

Join us after the program in the lower level of the Second Bank for light refreshments

and a chance to talk with other participants.

Click Here to Register

For more information about the portrait of Conrad Alexandre Gerard, Click Here and scroll to the bottom

For more information on the Adopt an Artifact program, Click Here