Hello. Today was the second full day of the NEH Landmark Workshop “A Revolution in Government” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. It was a full day that started with a great lecture from Richard R. Beeman of the University of Pennsylvania. He discussed the start of the American Revolution through a different lens for me. The American colonists were already enjoyed many freedoms and yet they decided to fight a war with the most powerful nation in the world at the time to gain even more freedom. This is a topic that I would like to expand upon in later podcast. We also did a tour of Carpenter’s Hall, Independence Hall and the Graff House.
Standing in the room where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed was an incredible feeling. I can remember reading about the chair with either the “setting sun” or the “rising sun” since I was in grade school so seeing it in person was a thrill. One of the great surprised for me today was a stroll through Washington Square and seeing the tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the American Revolutionary War and a statue of George Washington.
In the evening some of us ventured over to Cuba Libre – an excellent restaurant that features Cuban food. It was excellent, music was festive and the ambiance was second to none. I would definitely suggest a visit to Cuba Libre on your trip to Philadelphia. I had the “Plato Cuba Libre” which is basically a sampling of featured Cuban foods. The workshop continues to be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Revolutionary War and the Constitution.
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Direct link to Podcast #107 – Independence Hall, Causes of the American Revolution and Eating Cuban – MP3 Format - 9:43 Minutes
Podcast #107 Show Notes :
- National Constitution Center
- Richard R Beeman – University of Pennsylvania
- Independence Hall
- Cuba Libre Restuarant - Philadelphia