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National Constitution Center (Philadelphia, PA 19106-1514)
Steve M. Frank (Project Director: March 2009 to September 2011)
A Revolution in Government: Philadelphia and the Creation of the American Republic

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the founding of the United States, to be held in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's National Constitution Center requests NEH funding for two one-week workshops, to be held in the summer of 2010. Titled "A Revolution in Government," the Institute will instruct participants in the history and significance of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and will use the very sites in which those documents were drafted. Participating educators will learn about key political figures behind the documents, including Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, and Gouveneur Morris. The influence of Pennsylvania's state constitutional experiments on the ultimate shape and direction of the federal government will also be highlighted. Alongside field trips to Philadelphia's unique historic sites, the Institute will create lectures by celebrated visiting faculty, and open collegial discussions with fellow participants. The Institute will be an opportunity for educators to revisit - or learn - Philadelphia's role in constitutional history.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Landmarks of American History and Culture

Education Programs

$159,801 (approved)
$159,801 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 12/31/2010