The NEH Franklin workshop staff strives to create an immersive experience exploring the humanities during our one-week workshops. This experience includes daily lectures and walking tours, visits to some of America’s pre-eminent libraries, explorations of historic sites, and time to research, think, and work collaboratively together.
Philadelphia in July
We remind potential applicants that Philadelphia is very warm in the summer. “But it’s a wet heat,” our often overheated project director has frequently told the 400 previous Summer Scholars.
In July, heat will be one of the core concerns as we work to ensure our participants’ health and (relative) comfort. No summer scholar will be required to wear wool, corsets, a greatcoat, or periwigs, and Franklin and his contemporaries would have done. We will seek every possible means we can to keep our group safe and healthy.
Important Things to Remember:
- Keep hydrated.
- Bring a sun hat, folding umbrella, sunscreen, and a hand-held fan
- Keep hydrated. Really: we’ll be pushing you to drink a lot of water.
- Wear comfortable, safe footwear. Please note: flip flops are not safe footwear on early American cobblestones.
- Philadelphia is easily reachable by air, Amtrak, several bus lines. In Philadelphia proper, we’re well served by subways, buses, Uber, cabs, and occasionally horse drawn carriage. You won’t need a car. Parking is pricey and tickets are expensive.