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Birthplace of the Nation: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild

Discover Philadelphia with your grandchild through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child, an American icon and, of course, a Road Scholar.
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Program No. 2562RJ
Length
6 days
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1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Pennsylvania

Birthplace of the Nation: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild

Discover Philadelphia with your grandchild through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child, an American icon and, of course, a Road Scholar.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Program No. 2562 RJ
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Age 9 - 12
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022
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Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022
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At a Glance

Why is Philadelphia one of the best cities in the country for grandparents and grandkids? Because there is so much history to learn about together and so many fun experiences to share! Explore the homes and hang-outs of America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, examine revolutionary relics at the new Museum of the American Revolution, learn amazing facts about the human body inside a two-story model of the human heart and much, much more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking one mile per day on city streets, standing at historic sites and museums. Use of public transportation, getting on and off city buses.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Journey back in time as you learn about the important events and figures that helped shaped the legacy of the United States of America, from Independence Hall to the famed Liberty Bell.
  • Explore the exhibits of the Franklin Institute, where you’ll walk through the giant beating heart and learn about the most-famous Philadelphian, Ben Franklin.
  • Get a fascinating look at several domestic arts from the colonial era, including handmade paper and colonial cooking, at a historic homestead.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
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John Becton
Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.

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

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Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.
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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.
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Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.
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Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin
A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia
by Curson, Julie P.
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
A Concise History of Philadelphia
by Avery, Ron
Small paperback book telling the history and politics of Philadelphia from 1682 to 1976
Meals
12 Meals
5 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Low Fat, Vegetarian, Low Salt, Gluten Free
Lodging
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Jul 24, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022
  • Jun 19, 2022 - Jun 24, 2022
  • Jul 24, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022
5 nights
Philadelphia
Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia Center City sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel
5 nights
Philadelphia
Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia Center City sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel





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