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Surprises:
-Gettysburg is so small and peaceful.

-Gettysburg became the home for President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower after his term as President.

-Of the over 51,000 casualties in the three day Battle of Gettysburg, only one civilian in the town of Gettysburg was killed - 20 year old Jenny Wade.



Surprises:
-Independence Hall seems so small compared to the large, tall buildings of the rest of downtown Philadelphia.

-The size of the statue of William Penn (Philadelphia's Founder) on the top of Philadelphia's City Hall.
Seeing the Liberty Bell up-close and personal
Standing in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall - (From 1775 to 1783 this was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. It was in the Assembly Room of this building that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In the same room the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787.)
Placing a penny on the gravesite of Benjamin Franklin - "a penny saved is a penny earned."
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Almost all American Christian Tours Education Program trip extensions to Philadelphia will include:





Most, time permitting, will also include:


Other stops that could be included:
Liberty Bell Pavilion
Independence Hall Tour
Congress Hall
The Constitution Center - "Freedom Rising."
 
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Philly Cheesesteak

How to make a Philly cheesesteak

Here are some tips to make your own Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich at home.
Time Required: About 15 minutes

Here's How:

Start with good beef. You can use sliced rib-eye or USDA choice top round western steer beef.

Have your butcher shave the beef very thin so it cooks quickly and remains tender.

Use a fresh Italian roll.

Decide if you want your steak with or without fried onions.

Since you are making a cheesesteak you will need to decide on American cheese, provolone or the Philly favorite "cheez whiz".

Any add-ons? Mushrooms, peppers, pizza sauce, tomatoes? You decide. It’s your sandwich.

Start to cook. Sauté the onions, peppers and mushrooms until soft.

Fry your steak until brown but not crispy or burned. You can mix in the fried vegetables now or add them at the end.

If you elect American cheese or provolone place the cheese on the meat until slightly melted. If you choose Cheez Whiz just smear it on the roll.

Place the roll over the meat/cheese/vegetables and scoop it into the sandwich.

Garnish your sandwich with pizza sauce, hot or sweet peppers or pickles as you choose.

Enjoy your Philadelphia cheesesteak.
  
Tips:

Using the best beef available is the key.
Don't overcook the ingredients.

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Philadelphia
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Education Programs
The Betsy Ross House
The "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Be Prepared:
Watch:
1776,  1972, DVD or VHS  Directed by: Peter H. Hunt    Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
This is a historical musical comedy about the events of 1776.

Read:
The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution.

Listen:
"Gonna Fly Now" - Bill Conti/Carol Connors.  The song, from the Rocky movie, became part of American Popular Culture after main character Rocky Balboa completed his daily training regimen while the song plays. The song finishes as Rocky completes his famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raises his arms in a victory pose. The song is also often played at sporting events.

Eat:
A Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.  Learn how to make one here.

Drink:
Water.

In A Word:
Independence
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The city of Philadelphia is situated in Philadelphia County in southeastern Pennsylvania, at the junction of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and covers almost 130 square miles. It lies approximately 100 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and about halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C.  Philadelphia is located on a narrow strip of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, separated from the Piedmont Plateau by the fall line.

Essentials:
Climate
Fall and spring are mild and the most pleasant seasons in Philadelphia. Summers tend to be hot and often muggy, the humidity tending to be highest during July and August. The rainfall pattern is generally spread throughout the year, with between six and nine wet days in every month. Winters are cold, but seldom does the mercury drop below freezing. Snow is unpredictable, some winters experiencing little and others characterized by continual snowstorms.

Geography