Saturday, April 18, 2009

Field Trip to Philly (Day 17)

I chaperoned a field trip to Philadelphia with Rachel's class yesterday (yes, I'm a day late posting again). It was a beautiful day to walk around Old City.
This statue of Ben Franklin is made entirely of keys. It replaced one that was made entirely of pennies, which I kind of remember seeing when I visited Philly on a Girl Scout field trip as a kid. The artist who made this one got the keys for it from school kids in the city who were asked to donate keys to the project. A lot of keys were melted down for use, but a number of keys cover the surface of most of the statue. Pennies were used in the first one because Ben Franklin coined the phrase "A penny saved is a penny earned." And of course the keys represent the key he used when he discovered electricity.

This is Elfreth's Alley. It's the oldest residential street in the country. The majority of the buildings are still private residences, but a couple of them are used as a museum, which we got to tour. This part of our trip was my favorite.
Rachel looking at the list of things they gave us to look for in Elfreth's Alley.

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