Welcome to "Philadelphia in the Life of America," a Junior Enrichment Experience
for North Carolina Teaching Fellows. Twenty-four of you signed up for what
I believe will be an exhilarating week in one of America's greatest cities.
In your study of education, you perhaps already have learned about the
power of experiential learning, of immersing oneself in a subject and engaging
all the senses possible. During this trip, we will see some spectacular
things, including historic Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, paintings
by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh, sculpture by August Rodin, perhaps
even some sculls on the Schuylkill River. We will hear the traffic, talk,
and hustle and bustle of one of the country's largest cities. We will feel
cobblestone streets under our feet, smell wildflowers in colonial John
Bartram's meadow, and taste famous Philly steak-and-cheese sandwiches,
as well as dishes from around the world.
As you will see in the itinerary below, I have planned a well-rounded
experience akin to the liberal-arts education each of you is receiving
at your university. On Tuesday, we will immerse ourselves in America's
rich cultural heritage with a walking tour of diverse downtown Philadelphia,
traditional Dim Sum in Chinatown, and visits to the Afro-American Historical
and Cultural Museum and Balch Institute. Wednesday is arts day, when we
will learn about Edgar Allan Poe's stay in Philadelphia in the 1840s, visit
the Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, and take in some architecture
on the Schuylkill. On Thursday, we will explore some of America's most
historic places at Independence National Historic Site, home of the Liberty
Bell, Independence Hall, and many other fascinating sites. On Friday, we
will turn to science and take in shows and hands-on exhibits at the Franklin
Institute Science Museum. Finally, we will give our minds a break on Saturday
and go our separate ways--for the afternoon, at least--to explore the trails
in Fairmount Park, take in a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, or find
some other form of recreation.
In addition to a detailed itinerary, this Web site features a list of
items to pack and other information you will need to plan and to enjoy
your trip. Please read the material here carefully and refer to it when
you are preparing for your trip. In particular, please make sure that you
sign the agreement, write a check for the cost of the trip, and mail both
to me at the address below.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please use the information
below to get in touch with me. I am looking forward to meeting all of you.
My wife, Lisa, and our daughter, Esprit, will be joining us. In fact, Lisa,
who runs a catering business here in Laurinburg, has planned our culinary
experiences. If you would like to get to know a little more about us, please
visit our personal Web site at the address below.
See you in Philly!
We will travel in two vans, which we will board at the following location:
Assistant Professor of English
118 Dial Building
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC 28352-1510
9005 Glenwood Avenue
Below are the directions that Enterprise sent me:
You must arrive at this boarding location no later than 9 a.m. Monday,
May 15. Schedule in some extra time for traffic delays in the Triangle.
If you are late, I reserve the right to leave without you and keep your
payment. I realize that some of you are coming from places several hours
away from Raleigh; you may want to make arrangements to spend Sunday night
with a friend or at a hotel in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill so that
you don't have to drive a long distance on Monday morning. We will return
to this same building around 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. If you have a long
way to drive to get home, you may want to make sleeping arrangements for
Take Exit 283B (I-540 North) to Exit 4A (70 East). Go through the light
and we are one mile on the right.
Take Exit 283 (I-540 North) to Exit 4A (70 East). Go through the light
and we are one mile on the right.
Inner Beltline/ 440 North:
Take Exit 7 (Highway 70 - Glenwood Ave) and make a left at the light
(70 West). Go through 13 lights (6 miles) and we are located on the left
(9005 Glenwood Ave).
Outer Beltline/ 440 South:
Take Exit 7B (Highway 70 West - Glenwood Ave). Go through 13 lights
(6 miles) and we are located on the left (9005 Glenwood Ave).
We will stay at the Econo Lodge in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, across the
Delaware River from Philadelphia. You may want to pass along the
following information to anyone who might need to reach you during our
611 Fellowship Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I have reserved 13 rooms, each with two beds. Most of you will share
a room with another student of the same sex. If you would like to room
with a specific person, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate
your preferences. As I make room assignments, I will post them below.
Cortney Robinson/Kelly Fish
Corrie Davis/Jennifer Stumpf
Jennifer Metz/Nicole Martin
Emily Anthony/Rorie Marlowe
Whit Barrier/Howard Wallace
Lori Wolz/Anna Bess Williams
Donald Barringer/Jeremy Hart
Alycia Crews/Crystal Dixon
Kylie Glover/Jennifer Koch
Crystal Lee/Charisse Lyons
Adam Rugg/Brian Smith
Mark, Lisa, and Esprit Canada
Monday, May 15
Tuesday, May 16
Wednesday, May 17
Thursday, May 18
Friday, May 19
Saturday, May 20
Sunday, May 21
8 a.m.: Breakfast
9 a.m.: Depart in van from hotel
12:30 p.m.: Lunch in Washington, D.C.
1:30 p.m.: Reboard van
5:30 p.m.: Dinner on the road (fast food)
7 p.m.: Arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina
Like other large cities, Philadelphia has a lot to offer anyone interested
in the arts, particularly painting, sculpture, literature, music, and architecture.
We will explore the city's literary side when we visit the Edgar
Allan Poe National Historic Site, which features the house where Edgar
Allan Poe lived while working at magazines in Philadelphia. Other stops
include the Rodin Museum, home of
the largest collection of art by French sculptor August Rodin anywhere
outside Paris, and the Philadelphia
Museum of Art, which features a premier and eclectic collection of
paintings, sculpture, furniture, and crafts by artists such as Claude Monet,
Paul Cezanne, and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as American and Asian artists.
Finally, a walking tour of Fairmount
Park historic houses will give us a peek at Philadelphia's architecture.
One of the most diverse cities in the United
States, Philadelphia is home to people from an enormous variety of cultural
backgrounds: African, Asian, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Jewish,
Polish, Swedish, and others. We will immerse ourselves in this diversity,
as well as Philadelphia's history with a walking tour of downtown Philadelphia.
As we stroll down cobblestone and modern paved streets, we will discuss
the founding of the city by William Penn, the meaning of its name, the
importance of Quakers in its and the nation's history, the waves of immigration
that brought many ethnic groups to the city in the late nineteenth century
and early twentieth century, and the current life of the fifth largest
city in the United States. Along the way, we will see City Hall, Historical
Society of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia branch of the National Archives,
Benjamin Franklin's grave, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Penn's
Landing. Later that morning, we will visit the Balch
Institute and take a driving tour with two of their tour guides
around the city. After lunch in Chinatown, we will explore the history
of African-Americans at theAfro-American
Historical and Cultural Museum. Finally, we will end our day
with a visit to the Italian Market and dinner at Ralphs' Italian Restaurant.
History and Politics
Long before New York rose to prominence and before Washington, D.C., even
existed, Philadelphia was one of the most important cities in the American
colonies. It was here that the Second Continental Congress met in 1775
at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and it was here that Thomas
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. In fact, from 1790 to
1800, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States, and the U.S. Congress
met here. We will explore this history, especially the contributions of
Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin, at Independence
National Historical Park. The centerpiece of this park is Independence
Hall, where Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and others signed
the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Other park highlights include
Congress Hall, B. Free Franklin Post Office and Museum, Liberty Bell Pavilion,
Franklin Court, and the Second Bank of the United States.
You won't have to spend all of your time in Philadelphia thinking. On most
evenings and virtually all day on Saturday, you may entertain yourselves
in any way you wish, as long as you abide by the guidelines in the agreement.
You might choose to breathe some fresh air in Fairmount Park, which
occupies 8,579 acres on the Schuylkill River, or at Veterans Stadium, where
Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies play. For those of
you who don't mind huffing and puffing a little of that fresh air, I have
scheduled a Rocky run through the
streets of Philadelphia and up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.
If you prefer your air to be bit stale, you might browse in Antique
Row or just admire the priceless Chippendale furniture at Cliveden
estate. If you like water, you might enjoy touring the Delaware River
on the Spirit of Philadelphia or visiting the Independence
Seaport Museum. There also is plenty of shopping at China Town Mall,
Reading Terminal Market, and the Shops at Bellevue. On nights when all
you want to do is remain stationary, you can just stay in the hotel for
video showings of Philadelphia movies such asPhiladelphia, Rocky,
The Young Philadelphians, The Philadelphia Story, orMarnie.
In addition to being the scene of some of the most important political
activity of the colonial era, Philadelphia was the home of two leading
colonial scientists: botanist John Bartram and Benjamin Franklin, who conducted
his famous kite experiment in this city. We will explore both past and
present science in our trip to the Franklin
Institute Science Museum, which features a memorial to Franklin, movies
on a four-story screen at Tuttleman Omniverse Theater, and displays on
physics, computers, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, and math. Later
in the day, we will visit Historic Bartram's
Garden, where colonial botanist John Bartram once operated a farm.
After a leisurely stroll through the botanical garden and wildflower meadow,
we will eat a picnic on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
What to Do
You don't need to be Rocky Balboa to survive our perambulations, but you
should be prepared to walk at least a few miles each day. If you plan to
join me on the Rocky run, be prepared to run 5 miles. One-handed
push-ups are optional.
As for intellectual preparation, each of you will do a little research
so that you can serve as tour guide for the rest of us for a portion of
our trip. Below is a list of books related to the various sites we will
Jenny Koch: Butler, Ruth. Rodin : The Shape
of Genius. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. NB553.R7 B88 1993
Donald Barringer: Du Bois, W. E. B. The
Souls of Black Folk. New York: Bantam Books, 1989. E185.5 .D817 1989
Flam, Jack D. Matisse, the Man and His Art, 1869-1918. Ithaca: Cornell
University Press, 1986. N6853.M83 F53 1986
Crystal Lynn Lee: Silverman,
Kenneth.Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.
Corrie Davis: Spate,
Virginia. Claude Monet: Life and Work. New York : Rizzoli, 1992.
ND553.M7 S7 1992
Thomas, George E. Frank Furness: The Complete Works. Revised ed.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996. NA737.F84 A4 1996
Anderson, John. Burning Down the House : MOVE and the Tragedy of Philadelphia.
New York: Norton, 1987. F158.9.N4 A53 1987
Cortney Robinson and Lori Wolz: Archdeacon,
Thomas J. Becoming American : An Ethnic History. New York: Free
Press, 1983. E184.A1 A75 1983
Ashton, Dianne. Rebecca Gratz : Women and Judaism in Antebellum America.
Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997. F158.9.J5 A84 1997
Boyette, Michael. "Let It Burn!": The Philadelphia Tragedy. Chicago:
Contemporary Books, 1989. F158.9.N4 B69 1989
Davis, Allen F. and Mark H. Haller, eds. The Peoples of Philadelphia;
A History of Ethnic Groups and Lower-class Life, 1790-1940. Philadelphia,
Temple University Press, 1973. F158.9.A1 P43
Kelly Fish: Drinker, Elizabeth Sandwith. The
Diary of Elizabeth Drinker: The Life Cycle of an Eighteenth-century Woman.
Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994. F158.9.F89 D752 1994
Du Bois, W. E. B. The Philadelphia Negro; A Social Study. New York,
B. Blom, 1967. F158.9.N3 D8 1967
Jones, Maldwyn Allen. American Immigration. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1960. JV6450 .J6 1974
Reed, Adolph L. W.E.B. Du Bois and American Political Thought: Fabianism
and the Color Line. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. E185.97.D73
Winch, Julie. Philadelphia's Black Elite: Activism, Accommodation, and
the Struggle for Autonomy, 1787-1848. Philadelphia: Temple University
Press, 1988. F158.9.N4 W56 1988
Benjamin, Philip S. The Philadelphia Quakers in the Industrial Age,
1865-1920. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1976. BX7649.P5 B46
Adam Rugg: Bishop,
Jim. The Birth of the United States. New York: Morrow, 1976. E221
Whit Barrier: Bridenbaugh, Carl. Rebels
and Gentlemen; Philadelphia in the Age of Franklin. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1962. E158.4 .B7 1962
Bronner, Edwin B. William Penn's "holy experiment": The Founding of
Pennsylvania, 1681-1701. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978. F152
Burt, Maxwell Struthers. Philadelphia, Holy Experiment. Garden City,
N. Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1945. F158.3 .B96
Clark, Dennis, ed. Philadelphia, 1776-2076 : A Three Hundred Year View.
Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1975. F158.3 .P592
Frost, J. William. The Quaker Family in Colonial America; A Portrait
of the Society of Friends. New York: St. Martin's Press. BX7636 .F76
Hendrick, Burton Jesse. Bulwark of the Republic: A Biography of the
Constitution. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1937. JK31 .H4
Jennifer Metz: Johnson,
Gerald W. Pattern for Liberty; The Story of Old Philadelphia. New
York: McGraw-Hill, 1952. F158.3 .J6
Nicole Martin: Maier, Pauline. American
Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York : Knopf,
1997. E221 .M24 1997
Peare, Catherine Owens. William Penn; A Biography. Philadelphia:
Lippincott, 1957. F152.2 .P34
Warner, Sam Bass. The Private City; Philadelphia in Three Periods of
Its Growth. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1968. F158.3
Choose a book that relates to your interests, heritage, or the field you
expect to teach and let me know which one you have chosen by sending me
an e-mail (email@example.com).
When you do, I will put your name in blue in front of the name of the book's
author so that we don't wind up with more than one person reading each
book. As you read the book you have chosen, make some notes. Use these
notes to write a one-page summary of the book's highlights, especially
those that would interest someone traveling to Philadelphia. For example,
if you read the biography of William Penn, you would want to describe the
founding of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, as well as the early history
of these two places. Please e-mail me your report no later than April 15,
2000. With your permission, I would like to post your reports in a travel
section of All
American, a World Wide Web site I manage. Finally, bring your notes
with you to Philadelphia so that you serve as our tour guide for part of
Anderson, Douglas. The Radical Enlightenments of Benjamin Franklin.
Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. E302.6.F8 A57 1997
Jeremy Hart: Bartram,
John. John and William Bartram's America : Selections from the Writings
of the Philadelphia Naturalists. Ed. Helen Gere Cruickshank. New York:
Devin-Adair Co., 1957. QH31.B23 A3
Berkeley, Edmund. The Life and Travels of John Bartram from Lake Ontario
to the River St. John. Tallahassee: University Presses of Florida,
1982. QK31.B3 B47
Herbst, Josephine. New Green World. New York: Hastings House, 1954.
What to Bring
Because all of us have to pile in two vans, we will need to pack lightly.
Please limit yourself to a single piece of carry-on luggage. Here are the
essential items you will need:
If you plan to buy souvenirs, make sure you leave enough room in your bag
to accommodate these items.
comfortable clothes, including walking or running shoes, a sweat shirt
or lightweight jacket, ball cap, and rain gear (just in case)
information about your medical insurance
a phone number to call in case of an emergency
your student I.D. and driver's license
the tour notes you took while reading your book
comforts (snacks, tissues, reading material, Walkman) for the trip (about
money cash (a little) or plastic for souvenirs and incidentals
The cost of this trip is $550 per person. Your North Carolina Teaching
Fellow scholarship covers $200 of this cost, so you need to come up with
only $350. This sum covers travel to, around, and from Philadelphia, as
well as hotel accommodations, all but one meal, our expenses for accompanying
you, and admission to all attractions on the itinerary, except for optional
attractions you choose to attend during recreation time. To cover those
optional excursions, as well as incidental expenses such as snacks or souvenirs,
you should plan to bring some extra cash with you.
So that I can make our travel and hotel reservations, you will need
to send me a check for $350 no later than April 1,
2000. Please make it out to Mark Canada and mail it to the address below:
Updated May 11, 2000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
| © Mark Canada, 2000
| University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Assistant Professor of English
118 Dial Building
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC 28352-1510