There is an admission charge to go on board and tour the ship. However, you can see the ship without charge from the Penn's Landing walkway along the river, reached via the public streets and sidewalks. You can reach the Olympia at Penn's Landing via Columbus Blvd. or the Spruce St. or Dock St. walkways.
Independence Seaport Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will be CLOSED every Monday from January 9 - March 2017 with the exception of holidays.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Historic Ships will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
See the museum's web site for further details.
WWI Memorial Fountain
The fountain located at Main St & Broad St commemorates WWI and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1922. The Intelligencer reported: “The life-size bronze statuary group, leaves out all of the bitterness of war and accentuates service and humanitarianism. It impressively pictures the ‘buddy’ spirit of the American soldier and the beauty of human sympathy.
In Berks County at Grimes Airport
Refer to the museum's event calendar on the web
1916 Sopwith Pup
1917 Rumpler C.V
1918 Curtiss JN4D "Jenny"
1918 Fokker Dr I Triplane
Plaque dedicated to Lt. Donald MacDonald, United States Navy, who served during the First World War.
Headquartered in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the state’s official history agency and administers The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, and numerous historic sites and museums across the commonwealth including Boalsburg’s Pennsylvania Military Museum and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg. Watch phmc.pa.gov for upcoming special programs, exhibits, and projects commemorating Pennsylvania’s involvement in World War I. The Pennsylvania State Archives, in particular, holds many collections documenting the war years and is currently partnering with Ancestry.com and the State Library of Pennsylvania to provide on-line access to number of these valuable records. For example, check out http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60884 to examine Pennsylvania’s World War I Veterans Service and Compensation files. Coming soon: Digital access to over 200 stunning World War I posters from the State Archives’ collections via the State Library and the PA Power Library site.
See State Museum of Pennsylvania website for schedules and prices.
Discounted rates for group tours by reservation.
See Pennsylvania State Archives website for schedule and fees
801 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
The museum recounts the 20th century stories of the citizen-soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines - the men and women of the Commonwealth who served in defense of their state and nation. The story of modern warfare unfolds in the gallery exhibits which highlights the museum's excellent vehicle and weapons collections. The 65-acre park surrounding the museum includes the 28th Infantry Division National Shrine memorializing the service of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The Borough of Red Hill was not much different than most American towns that sent their young men off to fight in the war to end all wars. In the early part of the twentieth century the well noted industry of the town was cigar manufacturing. What made Red Hill unique was its German Heritage. A large percentage of the residence immigrated from the southern part of the German States and many of the boys coming from Red Hill spoke, at least a little, Pennsylvaniche Deutch (Pennsylvania German) or commonly called ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’, a decided advantage during their military service ‘Over There’. Also, considering the small population of the Borough at approximately 760, the recorded number of those that served totaled 37 men, about 5% of the population. This included Charles Boyer and Charles Schuler who paid the ultimate price, never to return home to continue their lives and enjoy the fruits of their service. Although the names of the 37 volunteers are known, little information has been uncovered as to their service records at this writing. It is known that Edwin E. Zepp, a cigar maker by trade, and Robert Snyder, both took their training at Camp Meade, Maryland and served in Co. F, 314th Infantry, 79th Div., a unit that saw heavy fighting on the Western Front, ‘going over the top’ for the first time in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on 26 September, 1918 and participating in action at Bois de Chenes, Moirey Crepoin, Hills 328 and 319 and Cote de Romagne ending on Monday, 11 November, 1918. John N. Snyder of Co. I, also served with the 314th, 79th Div. as well as Charles L. Moyer, Headquarters Company, Regimental Band.
Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts. Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment. It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives. He was wounded on 10 November, 1918, one day prior to the Armistice. Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.
Those who participated in the ‘War To End All Wars’ and are listed on the RED HILL monument are:
|Harvey Boyer||John Hillegass||Charles Romeike||Frank Snyder|
|Raymond Boyer||John Kline||John Schick||Robert Snyder|
|Charles Boyer *||John Maier||Elwood Schaefer||Amandus Specht|
|Irwin Brey||Charles Moyer||George Seasholtz||Edwin Undercoffler|
|Jacob Faust||Manoah Reiter||Roger Seasholtz||Grover Welker|
|Wilson Fillman||Jesse Reiter||Charles Shuler *||Millard Wilfong|
|Fred Gebhart||Frank Reiter||Norman Smith||Charles Yerger|
|Earl Gerlach||Thomas Reiter||John Snyder||Edwin E. Zepp|
|Clifford Gerlach||John Reiter||Clarence Snyder||Russell Ziegler|
* Made the Supreme Sacrifice
Paul Decker, Director
Red Hill Borough
46 West Fourth St.
Red Hill, PA 18976
Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts. Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment. It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives. He was wounded on 10 November, 1918 one day prior to the Armistice. Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.
The 1799 Lazaretto is located on the site of the 1st permanent European settlement in Pennsylvania. Its roles as a quarantine station sixth oldest in the world, 19th century river side resort, religious center, very early civilian 20th century seaplane aviation training center, Chandler Field was a WW 1 US Army Signal Corps base, and 20th century civilian seaplane base and marina arguably makes it one of the most unique Cultural Landscapes in the world.