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Philadelphia, 2018 October 11th - 14th

Thursday, October 11th

After an early departure from LSG on Thursday morning, we arrived in Philly and began with a tour of Temple University as soon as we arrived. We were lucky to have some extra insight about the school from our very own LSG teacher & Temple University alum, Mr. Percoco!

Mitten Hall at Temple University.

Up next, we headed over to the Mutter Museum. Part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, it is a medical museum that contains collections of anatomical specimens, antique medical equipment, and wax figures.

After the museum, it was time for dinner at the One Liberty Observation Deck, and then back to the hotel to recharge for tomorrow.

Friday, October 12th

Our first stop on Friday was the Pennsylvania Hospital. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751, it is the earliest established public hospital in the United States. Below are some photos of the outdoor portion of our tour. The grounds were beautiful and we were lucky to get some amazing weather that day.

Outside the hospital for a group photo.
Statue of William Penn on the hospital grounds.

The hospital also contains America’s first surgical amphitheater, which we were fortunate enough to see on our tour. The amphitheater was created for the doctors to bring patients into the lecture room and allow students to observe surgical procedures.

A shot of the group in the amphitheater.

Next on Friday's agenda was a trip to the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum is actually new, having only just opened in April, 2017. The museum explores the American Revolution and contains collections of Revolutionary-era weapons, items, documents, and works of art.

Outside view of the Museum of the American Revolution.
On the tour at the Museum of the American Revolution.

A highlight of our trip to the Museum of the American Revolution was a classroom activity called Whose Liberty? Our students and teachers donned revolutionary-era clothing and stepped into the shoes of people who lived during this time period.

Our student Elling & teacher Mr. Percoco.
Getting into character.
Group discussions during "Whose Liberty?"

Trips to a haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern Penitentiary, and The Glow, a Halloween pumpkin carving display, concluded our day. It was a great way to add some Halloween festivities to our trip!

More pictures from Friday.

Saturday, October 13th

After an early breakfast, we were off to the Franklin Institute, a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia. We also got to see an awesome planetarium show, To Space and Back.

A group of students at the main entrance of the Franklin Institute.

After lunch at the Franklin Institute Cafeteria, we were on to the next location; the Independence National Historical Park, a historical park that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution.

Mr. Percoco sharing his wealth of historical knowledge with the group at the park.
Statue of George Washington at the INHP.

Up next on the itinerary was a trip to the National Constitution Center, a museum dedicated to educating its visitors about the Constitution on a nonpartisan basis. While at the center, we got to see one of their wonderful educational films on the Constitution.

Of course at some point during the trip we had to check Philly cheesesteaks off the list! For dinner on Saturday, we went to Jim’s South Street, which is known for its authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks and hoagies. It was great to just hang out and spend time with one another after an exciting, jam-packed day.

Waiting in the long line of LSG students and chaperones at the restaurant.

Sunday, October 14th

Before heading home, we squeezed in a visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park, the site of a Revolutionary War encampment. It is also home to some historic monuments and structures, including the National Memorial Arch and the Muhlenberg Brigade’s recreated log-cabin barracks.

Valley Forge.

And with that, we were on our way home. We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to our parent and faculty chaperones, our wonderful tour guides, and everyone else who worked to make this trip possible! We had a great time!

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