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Patrick K. Spero, Assistant Professor of History and Leadership Studies, Williams College


Timed to coincide with the July 4th celebration in Philadelphia, this seminar will explore the coming, course, and consequence of the American Revolution. The seminar will mix lectures with visits to historic sites such as Valley Forge and Independence Hall and tours of Philadelphia-area archives that hold the correspondence of the Founders, including an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, and many of the iconic revolutionary pamphlets.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to and from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For more information visit the University of Pennsylvania website.

The Philadelphia International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from the University of Pennsylvania. There are several options for transportation from the airport to the university.

Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory. Participants will have single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes. Dormitories are air-conditioned. Wireless Internet service is provided; participants will be provided with temporary wireless access codes. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

June 29th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   July 5th, 2014 9:00 AM
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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