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Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Hopewell Furnace

by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Photo courtesy of Luke Michael on Unsplash

On the eve of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace cordially invite you to a celebration of our nation’s 248th birthday. The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, in cooperation with Amity Township, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, and the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology John Shrader Chapter 21, will host an inspirational reading of the Declaration of Independence accompanied by music and traditional patriotic songs. The program will be staged on the porch of the 18th Century White Horse Inn at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Admission to the event is free. To enjoy the program, people are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The White Horse Inn is located at 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville.

The reading at the White Horse Inn is on the eve of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which took place on July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia, Easton, and Trenton, NJ. The document was subsequently read in villages throughout the area.

The program features Berks Opera Company’s Francine Black and Isabelle Stetka providing patriotic songs. Christine Emmert, who will read from the Declaration, is a writer, actress, director, and educator. Her work has been read/performed throughout the USA as well as in Canada and the UK. She recently launched her novella DREAMING OF STORMS a year after the release of her film of the one-woman play about women of Hopewell through the Friends of Hopewell Furnace. Her prose has appeared on Amazon over the last 10 years.

We launched this program at Hopewell Furnace. There, it was performed annually for 10 years. I am honored to bring it back to the White Horse Tavern, located in historic Morlatton Village, 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville.

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