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Philadelphia at a Slower Pace: Known & Hidden Historical Gems

On this slower pace program, explore the history and heritage of this vibrant and historic “signature city.” Join experts for an insider’s look at Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods.
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Program No. 23080RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Pennsylvania

Philadelphia at a Slower Pace: Known & Hidden Historical Gems

On this slower pace program, explore the history and heritage of this vibrant and historic “signature city.” Join experts for an insider’s look at Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 23080 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 15 - May 20, 2022
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1,649
Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2022
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Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
2,249
Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2022
Starting at
2,249
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,249

At a Glance

This slower pace version of our “Signature City Philadelphia” program allows you to explore America’s most remarkable hometown at a slower pace. Take in centuries of history, heritage and culture as you experience the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from Society Hill and Independence National Park and elegant Rittenhouse Square. With local historians and experts, learn about the role of civic institutions and architecture of different eras, and savor the flavor of the city’s flourishing dining renaissance.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
This program is specifically for those who want to take more time to get from one destination to the next. We will have a private coach to transport us on most field trips. Walking a few blocks, standing at historic sites and museums, being on your feet for up to an hour and climbing stairs, boarding/disembarking coach each day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • At a slower pace, retrace the footsteps of our Founding Fathers — and Mothers! — from William Penn to Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross as we walk through the Old City.
  • Marvel at distinctive architecture spanning three centuries of achievement on Society Hill, at City Hall and the Masonic Temple.
  • Experience the rich tradition of the arts and culture of Philadelphia during a night out on the town at a special event.

General Notes

You may be interested in a more active version of this program,"Signature City Philadelphia: Treasures of History and Heritage" (#10238).
Featured Expert
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Nancy Webster
Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Nancy Webster View biography
Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
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Elizabeth earned a master’s in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator, for 40 years. She presented lectures on art history and gallery talks at the museum and has taught at LaSalle, Drexel and Princeton Universities. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. She also serves as trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
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An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
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Mitchell Kramer has a B.A. in playwriting from Hampshire College and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. He has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater including the New York Theater Workshop and Dorset Theater Festival. He is a costumed Historic Interpreter portraying Benjamin Franklin in Old City Philadelphia. Mitchell has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.
The Perennial Philadelphians
by Burt, Nathaniel
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
by Wolf, Edwin 2nd
Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin





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