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Performance Ticket

Exclusively for Founder’s Award 2017, honoree James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band will perform a mix of spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel songs inspired by abolitionist John Brown, a key figure in McBride’s most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird (2013).

Please arrive promptly at 8:30 PM for wine and dessert, followed by the seated musical performance at 9:00 PM.

Performance Ticket Includes:
• Wine service and dessert
• Musical performance by The Good Lord Bird Band
• Gift Bag including signed copy of The Good Lord Bird, and general admission tickets to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the National Constitution Center

The performance will last approximately 45 minutes.

For more information, please call 215-732-6200 ext. 243 or email



Individual Ticket

Individual tickets to the Founder's Award are $300 per person and include the cocktail hour from 6-7:00 p.m. with an unveiling of the HSP and NCC collaborative "American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding", an exhibit illuminating the founding era through priceless drafts of the U.S. Constitution, including Pennsylvania delegate James Wilson’s own handwritten drafts. Founder's Award attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new exhibit during the evening's celebrations. The exhibit will not be open to the public until May 4. Individual tickets also include a seated dinner, live and appeal auctions by George McNeely, musical performance by Founder's Award honoree James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band, and a complimentary giftbag. 

For more information about purchasing a table, please click here. If you have additional questions about Founder's tickets or sponsorships, please call 215-732-6200 ext. 243 or email

We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd!