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CONVENTION

AATF

Highlights of the AATF Convention
Philadelphia, July 14-17, 2019

The theme of the next AATF convention which will take place at the Sheraton Society Hill, One Dock Street in Philadelphia is “Le Français à Philadelphie: Interculturalité dans la ville de l’amour fraternel.”   All proposals have now been confirmed, and a preliminary program will soon be available.  

Academic Credit

We are again pleased to offer one graduate credit for attending the convention through Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Information will be available in the spring. You will be able to register on site on the opening morning of the convention.   Click here for last year's information; updated information will be available in the April.

Registration

Registration information will be available in late March once we have confirmed all pricing.   There will be a basic registration rate as well as a full registration which includes meals and a workshop or walking tour.   There will also be reduced rates for students, life and emeritus members, and local chapter members.

Hotel Information

The convention will take place at the Sheraton Society Hill.   Attendees must register by June 15 to receive the special convention rate of $172 US (single/double).  Rates for triple ($192) and quad ($212) rooms are also available.   Click here to make your reservation:

Communication among attendees

In order to make it easier for convention attendees to communicate with one another to locate roommates, share a hotel room en route, or learn more about what Philadelphia has to offer, we have created a private Facebook page (accessible only to AATF members who request to join)  dedicated to the convention. AATF members can join the closed Facebook group from the AATF Facebook page @AATFrench [@AATF_Philadelphia].   You can find lots of useful advice from us and from other members.


Program Highlights

Excursions and Activities

Pre-Convention Excursions

Saturday, July 13, afternoon: Barnes Gallery

The Barnes Foundation, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway modeled after the Champs-Élysées, houses a unique, world famous collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modernist paintings, and so much more.  At the end of the one-hour tour, given in French, you will be able to stroll through the galleries on your own, both included in the visit. Dr. Barnes believed that "art had the power to improve minds and transform lives." Not to be missed!  Cost includes guided tour and transportation.  $55 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

Saturday, July 13, evening: Longwood Gardens

Discover Longwood Gardens, founded by Pierre S. DuPont. Experience exquisite gardens that elevate the art of horticulture. Take a tour of over four acres of botanical gardens, woodlands, and spectacular lighted fountains.   Cost includes one-hour guided tour plus fountain and light show and transportation.   $40 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.   

Sunday, July 14, afternoon: Trolley Tour of French Philadelphia

We will be visiting over 20 key sites connected with the 300 plus years of relationship between France and Philadelphia, to see where the two cultures met and embraced each other in friendship. Highlights include the Rodin Museum, Independence Square, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.   Cost: $30 per person; pre-registration required.  Due to limited space, this excursion is only open to registered attendees.

Walking Tours

Monday, July 15 afternoon (4:00-6:00 p.m.): Walking Tour I Historic Philadelphia

Our guide will meet us at the Sheraton Society Hill to begin a two-hour walking tour.  Experience history where it actually happened.  Join your Centipede guide in colonial costume on a stroll through the most historic square mile in the U.S. and hear the dramatic story of America’s fight for freedom and the men and women who created the nation.  Sites will include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, Carpenters’ Hall, the Betsy Ross house, Christ Church and Elfreth’s Alley.   Cost: $20 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

Tuesday, July 16 afternoon (4:00-6:00 p.m.): Walking Tour II Society Hill

Society Hill is considered the neighborhood of the historic area of Philadelphia.  Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) all walked these streets, were entertained in these homes and worshiped in these churches.  Stroll through this charming 18th-century neighborhood with your Centipede guide in colonial costume as you learn about the customs and lifestyles of its 18th-century residents.  This will include such sites as the Powel House, the Georgian-style home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s “patriot mayor”; the Physick House, the Federal-style home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the Father of American Surgery; Old St. Joseph’s Church, the first Roman Catholic congregation in the city; Head House Square, the nation’s oldest outdoor marketplace and firehouse; along with Trinity houses, carriage steps and “busybodys.”   Cost: $20 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

Post-Convention Excursions

Wednesday, July 17, afternoon: Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the crown architectural jewel of Philadelphia, is located at the end of the beautiful Benjamin Franklin Parkway; its breathtaking views overlook the Philadelphia skyline and the Schuylkill River Park. Included in the visit is a one-hour tour, that will focus on the museum's extensive French art collection, an open visit to the entire world famous collection, including the Perelman Building, as well as a visit to the Rodin Museum--the world's second most extensive collection of Rodin sculptures.  Truly a memorable experience!   Cost includes transportation:  $35 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

Wednesday, July 17, afternoon: Nemours

The Nemours Estate, a 300-acre country estate of Alfred I. du Pont, is modeled after Versailles.  The Nemours Estate was built for Alfred I. du Pont’s second wife Alicia.  Visit the mansion, which contains world-class paintings, tapestries, antique furniture, beautiful crystal chandeliers, a conservatory, and a music room.  As you visit the grounds of the estate, you will see fountains, artwork, gilded sculpture, a reflecting pool, and the largest formal French gardens in North America.  Nemours was named after the town in France (Île-de-France region) from which the du Pont family came (his great-great-grandfather was a representative in the Estates General).  In his later years, du Pont gave Nemours to the children’s hospital he established in his name.  Visit includes movie in the Visitor Center, tour of the garden in a shuttle, guided tour of the mansion, and transportation.   Cost: $35 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

Thursday, July 18, all day: Visit to New York City

Visit the United Nations in the heart of New York City!  Your guided tour in French offers an exciting opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at the United Nations. Visit the halls and the exhibits, tour the UN Bookshop, and learn about educational resources.  Then ride up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the U.S. and the third most visited art museum in the world. Its more than two million works contain many of the French masters.  End your day with dinner and French ambiance at Le Rivage restaurant.   Cost included entrance fees, box lunch, dinner, and transporation.   Cost: $250 per person; pre-registration required; spouses and guests welcome.

 

Created: February 22, 2019
Last update:  February 25, 2019