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Wawa Welcome America Day 2: Explore Some Philly History for Free

On Monday, June 20, 2022, people enjoyed free admission to the Historic Rittenhouse Town and enjoyed an art unveiling as part of the Wawa Welcome America festival

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For Day 2 of the 16-day Wawa Welcome America Festival, you got explore the Historic Rittenhouse Town with free admission on Monday, June 20, as well as attend the art unveiling of a new piece of public artwork.

Free Admission to Historic Rittenhouse Town

Individuals were encouraged to explore Fairmount Park's centuries-old town and learn more about the history of the paper-making industry.

The History of Rittenhouse Town

The Rittenhouse family story begins with papermaker William Rittenhouse following other Quaker and Mennonite families who were emigrating to the newly -formed neighborhood of Germantown. William partnered with the first printer in Philadelphia, bought a 20-acre plot of land along Paper Mill Run and built the first paper mill in British North America with the help of his son Nicholas.

For the next 40 years, the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America. The family played an essential role as suppliers of locally produced paper for legal documents, map, books and letters.

The buildings in the historic site serve to remind everyone of the importance of the paper-making industry to the development of early America.

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The Rittenhouse Homestead and Bake House have been carefully restored to give visitors a glance back to the 18th century and serve as the focal point for the town, which dates back to 1690.

Global Philadelphia & The Halloran Family Foundation Mural Unveiling

After exploring the Rittenhouse town, people were invited to come check out the Global Philadelphia & The Halloran Family Foundation Mural Unveiling.

The new piece of public artwork by Russell Craig celebrates SDG #16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The unveiling took place from from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests were asked to please RSVP.

Full Details on Wawa Welcome America Day 2 Events

Free Admission to Historic Rittenhouse Town

When: June 20, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Rittenhouse Town

6034 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Global Philadelphia & The Halloran Family Foundation Mural Unveiling

When: June 20, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Project HOME Women of Change

2042 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

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