PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today conducted a press tour with Governor Ed Rendell and Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol Fitzpatrick in The West Wing, highlighting the great diversity of exhibits to be displayed at seven different locations throughout PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest, a festival celebrating United States history, politics, and the road to the White House, will highlight the contributions made by important figures and movements since the nation’s founding. These exhibits will be on display at each of the seven PoliticalFest locations and will create a fun, inclusive, and educational experience for residents, delegates, and members of the media. PoliticalFest will run July 22-27th, open 10am-6pm daily.
“We can’t wait to open the doors to PoliticalFest tomorrow and showcase some of the great museums Philadelphia has to offer,” said former Governor Ed Rendell, Chairman of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “All seven locations will bring together Philadelphians and Convention guests for an unforgettable series of exhibits. Whether you live here, are in town for the Convention or are visiting as a tourist, I encourage everyone to get their tickets and dedicate some time to this fun and unique event.”
The Host Committee also announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets and individual tickets can be purchased here.
A comprehensive list of all exhibits and programs that will take place at PoliticalFest can be found below:
National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)
Theme: Headed to the White House
The National Constitution Center will serve as the hub for PoliticalFest, and will be the only brick and mortar location where tickets to PoliticalFest will be sold. The National Constitution Center will also be home to PoliticalFest Main Stage. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at www.phldnc.com/PoliticalFest. There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.
- Headed to the White House is the Center’s feature exhibit that focuses on the presidential election process.
- PoliticalFest Main Stage (full schedule accessible here), a series of programs including:
o PoliticalFeud, which will be open to the public, will be hosted by Doug Oliver, Vice President of External Affairs for Philadelphia Gas Works, and will include a special edition featuring local celebrities like former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode.
o PoliticalTrivia, which will be hosted by former NFL defensive back Beasley Reece, will have several editions that feature government officials and members of the media, including:
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vs. Senator Richard Durbin
- Members of the PA Senate vs. Members of the PA House
- Democratic Governors vs. Democratic Attorneys General featuring Governors Tom Wolf and Jack Markell
- Media tournament featuring representatives from the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Politico, Philadelphia Inquirer, Roll Call, USA Today and The Hill
o “Executive Powers: Celebrity Q&A,” interview series featuring actors who portrayed the President, someone who worked alongside the President, or helped affect social change in a movie or television show. The interviews will be conducted by Melissa Fitzgerald, who portrayed Carol Fitzpatrick onThe West Wing, and will feature a number of celebrities including Tony Goldwyn from Scandal and Debra Messing from Will and Grace
o West Wing trivia game, hosted be Hrishikesh Hirway of “The West Wing Weekly” podcast. Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, and Melissa Fitzgerald will compete against each other, answering West Wing-themed questions, to show who knows more about the show. Members of the public will also be able to participate in this trivia game.
o Political Speech Screenings:
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
- President Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” Speech
- President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech
- President Ronald Reagan “Tear Down This Wall” Speech
- C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus, located outside the Constitution Center
- An installation from Google’s Cultural Institute through kiosks that showcase Philadelphia and American culture and history.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F (1101 Arch Street)
Theme: Politics and You!
- C-SPAN’s The American Presidents exhibit
- C-SPAN’s Electoral Boards
- Oval Office Replica, presented by Facebook
- Air Force One Fuselage replica
- Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society
“Voting Through Time” exhibit, showing voting booths from the past, present and future.
- “I Am Democracy Photo Mosaic” for which guests will take individual photos that will be transformed into a larger digital mosaic of an American flag.
- Memorabilia Store, including Host Committee merchandise from local designers like Project Runway winner Dom Streater and apparel favorite Duke & Winston, as well as rare collector’s items.
- “Future Leaders Fun Zone” featuring games and other activities for children
National Liberty Museum (312 Chestnut Street)
Theme: First Families
- “First Ladies: Influence & Image” video, featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
- A show-stopping display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies going back to Martha Washington.
- White House China dating back to George Washington.
- An exclusive photo exhibit highlighting First Families, provided by National Geographic.
- “Larger Than Life” photo wall, featuring key political figures and their impact on society.
- Johnston & Murphy Presidential Footwear Collection, highlighting 12 former presidents who wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.
- The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s kids program will offer a special, interactive program for K-12 students encouraging civic engagement and explaining the process of running for and winning the Presidency.
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (15 S. 7th Street)
Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency
- Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Philadelphia region’s largest African-American daily publication, featuring iconic front pages and landmark political moments from the paper’s extensive coverage of national politics.
- Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
- Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective featuring pieces from local collectors that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
- Short documentary of local collectors’ historical artifacts described in their own words.
- Whistle Stop Philadelphia! will provide guests with a photo-opp with a life-size train replica, like those that were used during whistle stop campaign tours.
- Philadelphia and the Presidency Exhibit
Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street)
Theme: Presidential Archives
- Presidential Libraries
- Exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, including:
o A life mask of George Washington;
o A death mask of Abraham Lincoln;
o Rare books, graphics, and manuscripts about the founding of the nation;
o Women in American politics;
o 19th-century African-American political conventions.
Historical Society of Philadelphia (1300 Locust Street)
Theme: Founding Documents
- “Behind The Ballot,” an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, highlighting the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act, as well as a lookback at the events that took place in 1963.
- Proof of Declaration of Independence
- Samples of Articles of Confederation
- Draft of the Constitution of the United States
- “We the People” collection, including:
o Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony
o Lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation
o Map of part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the “Proprietaries of Pensilvania” in September 1737
Heritage Center at the Union League (140 S. Broad Street)
Theme: Political Conventions in Philadelphia
- Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,an exhibit that tells the stories of the 11 conventions held in Philadelphia.
PoliticalFest is made possible through the generosity of sponsors of and partners to the Host Committee, as listed below:
- C-SPAN is the media sponsor providing content, exhibits and an educational bus;
- University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government is sponsoring Political Theater;
- Facebook is sponsoring the replica of the Oval Office;
- Google is providing the Google Cultural Institute Activation;
- Drexel University is a community sponsor underwriting tickets for members of local community groups to attend PoliticalFest free of charge;
- The Philadelphia Tribune is a partner providing a photo archive of iconic front pages and articles of the paper’s election coverage;
- Philadelphia Gay News is a partner providing articles of interviews with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton;
- National Geographic is a partner providing a photo exhibit highlighting photos of first families at the National Liberty Museum.
The Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28th in Philadelphia.