10238
Philadelphia
Signature City Philadelphia: National Treasures of History and Heritage
Before there was a United States, Philadelphia was home to the Continental Congress. Come explore this vibrant city, joining experts for an insider’s look at its present and past.
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Program No. 10238RJ
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13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Road Scholar Check-In 4:00 PM, Orientation 4:30 PM, Introductory Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
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Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm- PROGRAM REGISTRATION at 4:00 PM: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. ORIENTATION 4:30 PM: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

DAY
2
Lecture, Independence Hall & Liberty Bell,
Philadelphia, PA
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Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: LECTURE: Hear from a local historian on 18th Century Philadelphia history and the story of our Founding Fathers.

Lunch: Lunch today will be provided at a local eatery.

Afternoon: After lunch we board the bus and travel ten blocks to the Colonial City, America's most historic square mile, for a visit to The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, both of which are national treasures and icons of American democracy. The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal."

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: This evening we will take a stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, where your group leader will point out its outstanding architecture and upscale landmarks for shopping and dining.

DAY
3
19th C. Landmarks- City Hall & Masonic Temple/Reading Terminal Market/Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts/City Bus Tour/dinner at City Tavern
Philadelphia, PA
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Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: A morning walk to City Hall and the Masonic Temple (just a short walk from our hotel) will highlight the outstanding 19th Century architecture for which Philadelphia is famous. Philadelphia City Hall, in the French Second Renaissance style, is the largest municipal building in the world. The interior of the nearby Masonic Temple is beyond description - each of its seven ceremonial rooms is decorated in a different architectural style, reflecting Greek, Renaissance, Egyptian and Moorish decor.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Reading Terminal Market, a short walk from the Masonic Temple. A food shopper’s paradise, Reading is replete with specialty items from all over the world as well as local produce and food specialties from nearby Amish communities who have been hawking their goods here since the market’s beginnings in the 1890's. Enjoy exploring the market before making your lunch selection – Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies (local treasures) are everyone's favorites here as well as Bassett’s ice cream, first scooped at our centennial in 1876.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charles Wilson Peale, one of America's most famous 18th Century artists, founded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. The first art school in the United States, it is also a museum that houses art by American painters from the 17th Century to the present. An art historian will show you works by Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth as well as pieces on display by Philadelphia native Mary Cassatt. After you visit, you will enjoy an educator led bus tour of Philadelphia.

Dinner: Dinner will be at historic City Tavern

DAY
4
Old City (Christ Church, Betsy Ross House)
Philadelphia, PA
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Club Quarters

Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel with an educator to Old City to visit Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House and the 4th Street Quaker Meeting House.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today. Your group leader will be happy to provide suggestions for places to eat in the area, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Afternoon: You are free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own in the city. At your convenience, prior to going off on your own for lunch, your group leader will provide suggestions on how to spend the rest of your day, as well as restaurant ideas for tonight’s dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own – dine with new friends, and perhaps explore a new neighborhood or cuisine.

DAY
5
Physick & Powel Houses in Society Hill/Evening Activity
Philadelphia, PA
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Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: LECTURE and FIELD TRIP: Morning lecture on 300 years of Philadelphia architecture followed by a visit to The National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition, The Story of We the People, tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. Learn more about the three branches of government as you explore giant models of the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators lead you through an entertaining look at the buildings, the people who work in them, and the checks and balances of our government.

Lunch: Lunch today will be provided at a local eatery.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A visit to the Society Hill neighborhood will include a site visit to two historic houses with an educator. The Physick House dating to 1786 was the home of Doctor Phillip Syng Physick, known as "The Father of American Surgery". On view will be instruments that he invented to remove gall stones which are still in use today. The Powel House was the home to Samuel Powel first mayor of Philadelphia prior to the American Revolution and after it. It was constructed in 1765 and hosted the 20th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: CULTURAL EVENT: Tonight, we will attend an outdoor (indoors if raining) performance by "Fralingers String Band at the Mummers Museum. Titled "Mummers Under the Stars" "Before the Parade Passes By", by Edward Regan, is a history of the Fralinger String Band, from 1914 to 2009, in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. It is also a story of people who have lived the life of this extraordinary folk culture. The band’s earliest history is detailed with focus n their historic figures and relationships with other string bands, those who have certainly influenced the success of Fralinger. This chronicle is an amazing tale which begins with a group of young boys on a South Philadelphia street corner in 1914 who had dreams of forming their own string band. It concludes almost a century later, in 2009, as the descendants of the original lads of 1914 become established champions of the Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade, America’s oldest cultural event. The annual cry is “To the Hall”, Philadelphia’s famous City Hall, where every New Year’s Day, thousands of costumed celebrants strut proudly to perform in this historic extravaganza.. Where has the String Band performed? Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Parade (2007) Mardi Gras – New Orleans, LA (1973 and 2012) Walt Disney World SpectroMagic® Parade (2007)

DAY
6
History Lecture, Farewell Lunch, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
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Breakfast: Continental breakfast including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays.

Morning: LECTURE: Historic/scientific lecture relating to Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse and other 18th Century savants.

Lunch: We will have a farewell lunch at the hotel at 11:30 a.m. following our lecture. Lunch and the program both end at 12:30 p.m.