Itinerary for 2011 Academy

The final eighteen-day Presidential Academy for American History and Civics took place from Sunday, July 10, 2011, through Thursday, July 28, 2011. Participating teachers spent five days in Philadelphia, six days in Gettysburg, and seven days in Washington, DC. Where the Academy participants resided in each city, where they dined, and the memorials they visited, were meant to remind them of the episodes and pivotal issues raised in these places. They were surrounded by the fabric of our past, all the while thinking through the words penned in the documents, the choices made, and the meaning they hold for our common citizenship.

Philadelphia

Theme: The Birth of American Self-Government

Primary Text: The Declaration of Independence

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…"

Sunday, July 10, 2011


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Omni at Independence Park Hotel check-in. The Omni Hotel at Independence Park Hotel is located in Philadelphia's historic district, one block away from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Independence Visitor Center.

5:00 pm: Meet in hotel lobby to walk to City Tavern together

5:15 pm - 6:45 pm: Dinner (City Tavern). The City Tavern appears essentially as it did 200 years ago. Matters of momentous importance were discussed and decided in the tavern. It became the practice of the members of the Second Continental Congress to dine together each Saturday at the Tavern. Eight of the delegates, Randolph, Lee, Washington, Harrison of Virginia, Alsop of New York, Chase of Maryland, and Rodney and Read of Delaware chose to form a "table" and dine there daily.

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Presidential Academy overview with Dr. Peter W. Schramm (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center). The Independence Visitor Center is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park in the City of Philadelphia. The Independence Ballroom, located on the mezzanine level of the Visitor Center, overlooks the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Session 1 – Professor Morel (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: "Apple of Gold": The Centrality of the Declaration of Independence in American Political Life

 

Monday, July 11, 2011


7:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (Omni at Independence Park Hotel, Restaurant)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 2 – Professor Morel (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: Developing the American Mind: Part I (1689, 1721, 1774-1780)

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 3 – Professor Lloyd (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Constitutional Convention, Parts I & II – The Alternative Plans and the Connecticut Compromise

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Independence Ballroom)

2:00 pm: Tour National Constitution Center. The National Constitution Center is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive interpretative facility within Independence National Historical Park.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner (Positano Center) Executive Chef Pippo Lamberti serves mouthwatering inspired Italian cuisine with small plates designed for sharing and enjoying more of the menu.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Session 4 – Professor Lloyd (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Constitutional Convention, Parts III & IV – The Committee of Detail Report and The End is in Sight

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


7:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (Omni at Independence Park Hotel, Restaurant)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 5 – Professor Morel (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Federalist Papers, Part I – Proposed Constitution of 1787 and Its Defense

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 6 – Professor Morel (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Federalist Papers, Part II – The Need for (More) Constitutional "Energy" to Preserve the American Union

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Independence Ballroom)

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Session 7 – Professor Lloyd (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Federalist Papers, Part III – The Sum of Power and the Separation of Powers

5:30 pm: Dinner (City Tavern)

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm: Walking Tour of Historic Philadelphia with Dr. Gordon Lloyd

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


7:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (Omni at Independence Park Hotel, Restaurant)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 8 – Professor Morel (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Federalist Papers, Part IV – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 9 – Professor Lloyd (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: Ratification and the Anti-Federalists

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Independence Ballroom)

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Session 10 – Professor Lloyd (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Bill of Rights

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm: Dinner (Participants Choice)

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011


7:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (Omni at Independence Park Hotel, Restaurant)

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Lesson Planning Session – Master Teacher (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

10:15 am - Noon: Session 11 – Guest Lecture by Dr. David Hackett Fischer (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

Topic: The Revolutionary Era

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Independence Ballroom in the Independence Visitor Center)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner and Philadelphia week-ending discussion (Farmicia)

 

Friday, July 15, 2011


7:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast (Omni at Independence Park Hotel, Restaurant)

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Tour of Independence Hall. From 1775 to 1783, Independence Hall was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. In the Assembly room of this building, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1775, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the United States Constitution was drafted in 1787.

12 noon: Travel via motorcoach to next site (Gettysburg). Boxed lunch en route.

Gettysburg

Theme: The Testing of American Self-Government

Primary Text: Abraham Lincoln, "Gettysburg Address"

"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

3:00 pm: Gettysburg Hotel check-in. The Gettysburg Hotel dates to 1797. In the summer of 1863, the hotel played witness to one of the seminal events in American history as Union and Confederate troops swarmed over the small town of Gettysburg during a pivotal and bloody three-day battle. Abraham Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address at the Wills House, just steps away from the hotel.

5:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Dinner – The Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern. The Dobbin House Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "Four Score and Seven Years" before President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address (1863 - 87 = 1776), Gettysburg's oldest and most historic building, the Dobbin House, was built. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a bluff a few hundred yards away at the National Cemetery.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Session 12 – Professors Morel and Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln and 21st-Century America

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Reception (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

 

Saturday, July 16, 2011


7:45 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 13 – Professor Morel (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: The Rule of Law, Slavery, and the Future of Self-Government

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 14 – Professor Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Abolitionism and Constitutional Self-Government

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Session 15 – Professor Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln Confronts Stephen Douglas's Popular Sovereignty

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Dinner (Participants' Choice)

 

Sunday, July 17, 2011


7:00 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm: Book Signing with Dr. Gary Gallagher (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

2:15 pm - 6:00 pm: Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour with Dr. Gary Gallagher. The Gettysburg National Military Park is preserved as a symbol of America's struggle to survive as a nation and as a lasting memorial to the armies and soldiers who served in the great conflict. The Battle of Gettysburg was a critical turning point in the Civil War, a conflict that determined the fate of the United States.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner (The Pub and Restaurant)

 

Monday, July 18, 2011


7:45 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 16 – Professor Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 17 – Professor Morel (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: The Rights and Wrongs of Secession

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Battlefield Tour with Dr. Gary Gallagher

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner (The Historic Fairfield Inn) The Historic Fairfield Inn is one of America's oldest, continuously operated inns with origins dating to 1757. Built nineteen years before the Declaration of Independence, The Fairfield Inn was originally the Mansion House of Squire Miller, an original founder of the town. The Inn was used as an early colonial settler's meeting house, a stagecoach stop, Confederate Civil War hospital, and was part of the Underground Railroad.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


7:45 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 18 – Professor Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln's Election, Secession, and the Civil War

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 19 – Professor Guelzo (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Session 20 – Professor Morel (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Lincoln and Civil Liberties

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner (Dobbin House)

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm: Gettysburg National Cemetery interpretative walk with National Park Service guide. Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of those who sacrificed their lives for this country. It is also the site of President Abraham Lincoln's November 19, 1863 speech, the Gettysburg Address, dedicating the National Cemetery.

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


7:45 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 21 – Professor Morel (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: "A New Birth of Freedom" (Gettysburg Address) and Lincoln's Re-election (Second Inaugural Address)

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 22 – Professor Morel (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

Topic: Frederick Douglass – Reconstruction and the Future of Black Americans

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Gettysburg Hotel Stevens Room)

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Lesson Planning Session with Master Teacher (Gettysburg Hotel Eisenhower Room)

5:45 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner and Gettysburg week-ending discussion (The Pub and Restaurant)

 

Thursday, July 21, 2011


7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Gettysburg Hotel Atrium)

11:00 am: Travel via motorcoach to next site (Washington, D.C.). Lunch en route.

While en route – a tour of Arlington, Iwo Jima, Northern Virginia, etc.

Washington, D.C.

Theme: The Fulfillment of America's Promise of Self-Government

Primary Text: Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"

"I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

3:00 pm: Hyatt Regency Check In

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner (Hyatt Regency Room)

 

Friday, July 22, 2011


7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 23 – Professors Morel and Burkett (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: The Modern Era Confronts the American Founding

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 24 – Professor Morel (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topics: Booker T. Washington; W.E.B. Du Bois

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Hyatt Regency Room)

1:45 pm - 5:00 pm: National Archives Tour

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner (Johnny's Half Shell)

 

Saturday, July 23, 2011


7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Session 25 – Professor Burkett (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topics: The Progressive Reform and Self-Government

10:50 am - 12:20 pm: Session 26 – Professor Morel (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topics: Marcus Garvey; Brown v. Board of Education

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Hyatt Regency Room)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Session 27 – Professor Burkett (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Democratic Leadership

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner (Participants' Choice)

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Washington After-Dark Tour

 

Sunday, July 24, 2011


7:00 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch (Hyatt Regency Room)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Session 28 – Professor Morel (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr., Non-Violent Resistance, and the American Dream

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Session 29 – Professor Morel (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dream

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner (Capitol City Brewing Company)

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Session 30 – Guest Lecture by Juan Williams (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: President Obama – Culmination of the Civil Rights Movement?

 

Monday, July 25, 2011


7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

9:00 am - 10:30 pm: Session 31 – Professor Morel (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: Malcolm X

11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch (Hyatt Regency Room)

1:15 pm: Meet Bus

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Frederick Douglass House Tour

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Lincoln Park Tour

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner (Thunder Grill)

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


6:30 am - 7:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

7:30 am - 1:00 pm: Senate Tour

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch (Participants' Choice)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Session 32 – Professor Burkett (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: The Reagan Era and the New Deal Legacy

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner (Participants' Choice)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Session 33 – Professor Burkett (Hyatt Regency Room)

Topic: George W. Bush's Founding Faith and Barack Obama's Gospel of Hope

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


6:30 am - 7:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

7:30 am - 1:00 pm: House of Representatives Tour

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch (Participants' Choice)

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Free Time in Washington, D.C. (e.g., the Library of Congress and Supreme Court are nearby)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner and Washington, D.C. week-ending discussion (Hyatt Regency Room)

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011


7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Room)

9:00 am: Travel via motorcoach to Philadelphia. Participants' choice lunch.

1:30 pm: Depart for home


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