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Franklin, Jefferson & the Idea of America: An Enlightening Queen Mary 2 Voyage

Program Number: 20564RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/13/2014 - 5/28/2014;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: France/England/Philadelphia/New York
Price starting at: $4,665.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 40; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From Philadelphia to London to Paris, delve into the lives of Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and learn about the revolutionary ideas they brought back across the Atlantic from Europe. Experts illuminate the philosophies, politics and fascinating lives of these true Renaissance men as you voyage from America to England the way they once did, by ship.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestone streets, unpaved lanes and gravel paths. Standing up to an hour at a time.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Philadelphia, Pa., 3 nights; aboard Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; London (England), 2 nights; Paris (France), 3 nights.



Days 1-3: Arrival Philadelphia, Pa.:

Enjoy a welcome reception at Powel House, where Mayor Samuel Powel frequently entertained his friend Ben Franklin. Walk Franklin’s Philadelphia and take field trips to the American Philosophical Society, founded by Franklin in 1743, and the Franklin Institute, which displays many of his scientific instruments. Attend a concert by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Day 4: Coach to New York, N.Y. / Embark Queen Mary 2:


Days 5-10: At Sea:

Take part in expert presentations on Franklin and Jefferson while sailing for England on this grand ocean liner.



Days 11-12: London (England) / Disembark:

On a special visit to Parliament, learn how Franklin advocated for the colonies by urging the repeal of the Stamp Act. Visit the home where Franklin lived for nearly 16 years. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 13-16: Train to Paris (France) / Departure:

Enjoy a relaxing train journey through the countryside to Paris. Take an expert-led walk on the Left Bank, where Jefferson and Franklin interacted with other Enlightenment thinkers, and enjoy lunch at Café Procope, a restaurant they frequented. Learn about the French Revolution in Paris and at the Palace of Versailles. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.


Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters in Philadelphia
  Philadelphia, USA 3 nights
   Queen Mary II
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, UK:England 2 nights
   Villa Pantheon
  Paris, France 3 nights
 Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5000
web: http://www.clubquarters.com/NonMemberHome.php
  Room amenities: Guest Room Features Free high-speed Internet access/wired at desk Latest design workstation with task lighting, ergonomic chairs Premium bedding and linens LCD TV Cordless speaker phone, direct dial number Room service – 24-hour multi menu delivery service Refrigerator stocking Complimentary coffee/tea Alarm clock radio with iPod docking station (most locations) Individual controlled heater/air conditioner Daily housekeeping Air purifiers and ambient sound machines delivered upon request Extra towels and specialized pillows available for delivery and in the Guest Request Closet A “better sleep kit” with eye mask, ear plugs and aromatherapy available upon request Complimentary exercise equipment and yoga kits delivered to room
  Facility amenities: Club Quarters offers many features and amenities Restricted entry for greater security Instant registration and check out 24 – hour Member Service Desk/Concierge Free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel Free chilled, purified bottled water Private Club Living Room with complimentary snacks, coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games Free use of computer/printer iPads (for loan while a registered guest) Universal Charging Stations Restaurant and Bar Group Meeting and Event Space Day rooms and offices Fitness Room Valet laundry/dry cleaning Service Complimentary use of launderette (most locations) Vending machines Garment bag storage between visits Guest Request Closet – containing most extra amenities a business traveler may require
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call 1800 241 1404. 
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Queen Mary II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.
  Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots
  Contact info: Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
  Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.
  Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Three restaurants and one bar.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Gardens
London,   UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/
  Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Villa Pantheon
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.
  Contact info: 41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris,  75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com
  Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.
  Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at the program hotel in Philadelphia at 4:00pm. You will be staying at Club Quarters in Philadelphia that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Pantheon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to www.cunard.com to register. Click on Already Booked, then click on Voyage Personaliser on the left-hand side, scroll down a little and click on Visit Voyage Personaliser (in red font). That will open a new window where you can enter your first and last name and booking reference number to sign in. Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view and print all of your cruise documents. **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: A taxi from Philadelphia International Airport to Downtown Philadelphia costs $28.50. The Airport Regional Rail Line also connects the airport to the city center; fare is $7.00.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia
  Transportation to site: Participants who purchase their international flights through Road Scholar Travel Services and who are arriving at Philadelphia airport on the group date will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the program hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a shuttle transfer. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. This transfer is generally scheduled for early morning for flights departing mid-morning. The transfer time will be confirmed in the final participant mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants (The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate). By using the below web link, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for departure from Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation in Philadelphia
(Tuesday, May 13)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Philadelphia and transfer to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and take some time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner at the Powel House, the 18th century home of Samuel Powel who frequently entertained Benjamin Franklin.
 Evening: After dinner, take some time to explore the Powel House.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The American Philosophical Society and an Evening at the Orchestra
(Wednesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the American Philosophical Society, where you'll be able to examine first hand documents relating to Jefferson and Franklin, with expert commentary.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, embark on a historic walking tour, visiting sites such as the Print Shop and Franklin Court.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Library Company and the Franklin Institute
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Library Company for an on-site lecture and viewing of artifacts such as the Houdin bust of Franklin.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, travel to the Franklin Institute where you will enjoy an on-site lecture and have the chance to see some of Franklin's scientific instruments.
 Dinner: Take this opportunity to explore local cuisine with dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Transfer to New York and Embarkation on the Queen Mary 2
(Friday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, transfer by coach to New York.
 Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch en route to New York.
 Afternoon: Board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to unpack and settle into your stateroom before taking a walk around the luxurious ocean liner.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Atlantic: Becoming Benjamin Franklin
(Saturday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Franklin begins to command the international spotlight as inventor, scientist and media mogul: from the Pennsylvania Stove through the lightning rod to The Way to Wealth.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take the opportunity to choose from among an array of on board activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Crossing the Atlantic: Jefferson and the Enlightenment
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Jefferson as political thinker, diplomat, architect and avid violinist.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, your lecture continues.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Crossing the Atlantic: Franklin's Early London Visits
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: An unknown but likely lad, “Water American”, returns as renowned natural philosopher and international scientist, to become Dr. Franklin.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take the opportunity to choose from among an array of on board activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Crossing the Atlantic: Franklin's Decade of London Diplomacy
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Bringing the aspirations of the English colonists into the halls of England’s political elite.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, your lecture continues.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Crossing the Atlantic: Benjamin Franklin: Plenipotentiary
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: From Voltaire and Louis XVI to the voluptuous Madame Brillon – Franklin takes on his most risky diplomatic mission and immerses himself in the risqué Paris salon scene.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, your lecture continues.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Crossing the Atlantic: Jefferson in Paris
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Jefferson joins Franklin in Paris.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is your chance to prepare for tomorrow morning's arrival in London and perhaps participate in a few final afternoon activities.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Arrival in London
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: Disembark the Queen Mary 2 and transfer to London.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local pub.
 Afternoon: Check into your London hotel.
 Dinner: Explore London's diverse cuisine with dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: The Ben Franklin House
(Saturday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an exclusive tour of Parliament, where Benjamin Franklin declared his loyalty to the colonies.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own near the Parliament.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, visit the Benjamin Franklin House on Craven Street, his only residence still in existence.
 Dinner: Enjoy a private dinner with your group at the Benjamin Franklin House.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Arrival in the City of Lights
(Sunday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board the train to Paris; relax as you watch the English and French countryside go by.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the train as you make your way to France.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, embark on a orientation to the city by coach, viewing the building where John Adams lived, the sites of Franklin and Jefferson's houses, statues of Franklin, Washington, and Lafayette, and the cemetery of Pipcus, where Lafayette is buried.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Pantheon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: In the Footsteps of the Diplomats
(Monday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy an expert led walking tour of the left bank, an area frequented by Jefferson and Franklin.
 Lunch: For lunch, dine at the history Procope Restaurant, a favorite hangout of the two American diplomats.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue your walking tour onto the right bank. Later this afternoon, take some free time to explore on Paris on your own. Perhaps visit a museum, or take in an evening show.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine. Your group leader can provide suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Villa Pantheon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Revolutionary Paris
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore revolutionary Paris on an expert-led walking tour.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy an expert-led discovery of the Palace of Versailles, the French royal chateau from 1682 until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Pantheon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Departure from Paris
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to CDG airport for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America


Author: Stacy Schiff


Description: Zeroing in directly on the seven years that Franklin spent in France, Schiff portrays this Founding Father as the ideal stateman who was perfectly suited to the diplomatically tricky task he had at hand in 1776.



American Sphinx


Author: Joseph J. Ellis


Description: More character study than strict biography, this celebrated book describes and defines Thomas Jefferson's beliefs, influences and aspirations.



Americans in Paris, A Literary Anthology


Author: Adam Gopnik (Editor)


Description: This wide-ranging anthology includes early impressions by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, as well as by a generous sampling of 20th-century literary masters.



Benjamin Franklin, An American Life


Author: Walter Isaacson


Description: A New York Times Bestseller, Walter Isaacson's sweeping biography hones in on the genius of a man who dramatically shaped American history. Without shying away from Franklin's shortcomings, Issacson manages to paint an entertaining and complex portrait of "the most accomplished American of his age".



Betsy Ross and the Making of America


Author: Marla R. Miller


Description: A femal artisan, working woman and loving wife, Ross was heavily immersed within her surroundings: she lost husbands to the war, witnessed the rising demand for upholstery and suffered many losses at the hands of the yellow fever epidemics. As a result, Miller's biography isn't simply the story of a single woman frozen in time, but of an entire generation.



Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.



Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


Author: Joseph J. Ellis


Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.



Frommer's Paris Day by Day


Author: Frommer's


Description: This compact yet remarkably thorough guide, ideal for a short visit, includes recommendations for everything from food to shopping. With a separate fold-out map of the city center and suggested itineraries for visits of one to three days.



Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia


Author: George W. Boudreau


Description: Meticulously researched and fabulously illustrated with photographs and early American art, Boudreau's book traces the history of America's first capital from its founding in 1681 to its vital role in the war for independence.



Philadelphia Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A laminated, flexible map of the center of Philadelphia.



Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America


Author: Jack Rakove


Description: Rakove offers new insights into the personalities of America's famous and little-known revolutionaries, focusing on the period from 1772 to 1792 and portraying these national heroes as ordinary men who rose to meet the challenges at hand.



The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius


Author: Joyce Chaplin


Description: Chaplin's fascinating biography focuses largely on Franklin's scientific side, arguing convincingly that his genius in the realm of natural science contributed to his skill for political science, and helped him craft the image of a man of letters. Through this lens, Chaplin describes Franklin's influential role as a Founding Father and a diplomat on the international stage.



The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson


Author: William Howard Adams


Description: An entertaining, informed introduction to the people and places Jefferson knew during the four years he served as U.S. Minister to France, 1784-1788.



Thomas Jefferson Travels


Author: Anthony Brandt (Editor)


Description: A collection of writings drawn from Jefferson's travels in Europe between the years 1784-1789.





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