Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 11am

WALK LEADER: Katherine Haas, Director of Historical Resources at Girard College
MEETING PLACE: By the Girard College sign, just outside the Girard College gate at the corner of Corinthian Ave and Girard Ave. This is near 15 & 33 bus stops or a 1/2 mile walk west from the Girard stop on the Broad Street line. The walk leader will be wearing a “Team Steel/Garnet” T-Shirt.
Free. Rain or shine. All are welcome.

Take a walk behind the famous 10-foot wall of Girard College. As we stroll around this 43-acre oasis in the middle of the city, we’ll talk about Stephen Girard, the 19th-century multi-millionaire who left his fortune to create a school for financially-disadvantaged children; about the generations of students who have lived and learned here (and still do); and about the powerful civil rights activism that led to the school’s desegregation. We’ll step inside some truly monumental buildings and even check out a state champion tree.
We’ll end up back at the gate, but folks are welcome to continue the discussion over lunch at one of the nearby eateries

Walk notes:

  • Accessibility considerations: Stairs, non-accessible curb cuts, or other barriers. Founder’s Hall has 11 stairs to enter; the interior visit at that site will be about 10 minutes.
  • The total walk distance covered will be about a mile and is on flat, paved surfaces. Because we’ll be off the city streets, noise and congestion should be minimal.