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State Project-

Igniting Independence

Carpenter’s Hall- Philadelphia, PA

Carpenters’ Hall is the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Carpenters’ Hall is located in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1775, the two-story brick meeting hall was built for and still privately owned by the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest extant craft guild. This historic property was the site of the First Continental Congress in 1774. 

The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia is the oldest extant craft guild in the United States. Founded in 1724, the Company consists of nearly 200 prominent Philadelphia area architects, building contractors and structural engineers and has had nearly 900 members in its almost three centuries of existence. From the 18th-century members who erected Independence Hall, Christ Church and Carpenters’ Hall to the members of today, innovation in design and technical achievement have contributed to their pre-eminent reputation.

State Project- Restoration of Artifacts at Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, PA 

We will be Igniting Independence with two physical restoration projects at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia.  We will be supporting Carpenters’ Hall’s efforts to restore artifacts that were damaged during a fire at the hall on Christmas Eve 2022.

Goals for the 2024-2025 Term

  • Why This Project – As we embark on the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress, it is vitally important that we preserve the pieces of history for future generations. This project is personally important because of my ties to Philadelphia and my love of its history. I fell in love with Carpenters’ Hall and its history after attending events there, and reading the facts of why Carpenters’ Hall is such a historic place.
  • Project Goals
  • This project will focus on the following standing committees – American History, Patriotic Education, Government Studies, and American Heritage. Teaching our members the historic significance of Carpenters’ Hall and the First Continental Congress.
  • Administration Goals
  • Spread the word about PA C.A.R. to increase membership.
  • Make sure all members feel welcome and included at all events.
  • Ensure seasoned members are taking on mentoring roles for our newer members.

Support this project through donations sent to: PA C.A.R. C/O Senior State Treasurer

Brandie Klee, 17 S. Harlan Street, York, PA 17402

or purchase Igniting Independence Product