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Historic Philadelphia

Presenter: Nick Eiteljorg

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Historic Philadelphia too often starts and stops with Independence Hall. There is much more to be seen and at which we can marvel. Carpenter’s Hall is one such resource, a building from 1770-74 where the First Continental Congress met and began — unintentionally — the process that culminated in the American Revolution. The building itself is an excellent example of 18th-Century architecture and construction processes; the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia is also interesting as a late-arriving Medieval Guild modeled on the Worshipful Company of Carpenters of the City of London (established in the thirteenth century); and, of course, the First Continental Congress is a true watershed of American history.

Our excursion begins at Rosemont College where we will board a bus headed for Carpenters’ Hall. Nick Eitejorg will join us on the bus and orient us to the time period and the history of Carpenters’ Hall. Nick will give us a guided tour of Carpenters’ Hall, discuss the architecture, the history of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, and the First Continental Congress. We will enjoy a three course lunch nearby at the historic City Tavern, the place where the men of the First Continental Congress also ate. Nick also invites us to visit other interesting sites in Old City such as Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley, and the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution.


In preparation for the trip, we recommend visiting the website for the Hall at ( and reading the first 7 or 8 chapters of Independence, A guide to Historic Philadelphia by George W. Boudreau.