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A City Divided: The Civil War, Philadelphia, and the Union League

A City Divided: The Civil War, Philadelphia, and the Union League is currently on display in The Sir John Templeton Heritage Center through June 2024. The Heritage Center is home to the Legacy Foundation; the space is a celebration of the rich history, heritage and traditions of The Union League of Philadelphia, and serves as a portal to the community. The Legacy Foundation encourages members, scholars, students and others to view, research and interact with the history and collections through both the rotating exhibitions and the research center. The Legacy Foundation is dedicated to the same tenets of freedom and free enterprise upon which the Union League was founded, and through historic preservation, education, and scholarship promotes these values and ideals, inspiring more educated, engaged, and responsible citizens.

Philadelphia during the American Civil War was a city divided.  Many supported the South and slavery – they openly called for Lincoln to quit the war. In this desperate moment, The Union League of Philadelphia was founded.  Its goal was to make the case that Philadelphians support Lincoln, Union, and abolition.  The success of the League created a patriotic movement that spread throughout the North and made certain that the Union would be preserved.
Public Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00–6:00pm
Second Saturday of every month, 1:00–4:00pm
To visit during these hours, please ring the doorbell at the street level door on Broad Street.
For more information:
The Union League Legacy Foundation
The Heritage Center of the Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
call: 215.587.5596
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