Educational Opportunities


2016 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Program

Rawle's September Report

A report from Rawle and Henderson discussing the September 18, 2016 constitution day program presented in colaboration with Women for Greater Philadelphia at Laurel Hill Mansion in Philadelphia PA

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SYMPOSIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION

Spring 2016
Our sixth year for a Constitution Program with the students of Holy Cross School in Mt. Airy.

Photograph of the Students, Teacher, Liberian, Principal, Education Committee of Women for Greater Philadelphia and Lawyer involed in the 2016 US Constitution program in Philadelphia

Standing with the students is Bryan Werner and Mary Iacovelli, Holy Cross School. Members of the Education Committee from Women of Greater Philadelphia who sponsor the program in partnership with Scott Griffith, Esq from Rawle & Henderson LLP.


The students who participated and the organizers of the 2016 constitution program

Standing with students are those involved in the planning of the program, L-R - Bette Young, Chair of Education Committee, Bryan Werner, Principal, Scott Griffth, Esq. and Mary Iacovelli, Social Studies Teacher.


Lawyer Scott Griffith from Rawle & Henderson LLP the oldest law firm in the United States of America founded by William Rawle son of Rebbeca, the builder of Laurel Hill Mansion makes opening remarks to the students participation in the 2016 constitution program.

Scott Griffith making opening remarks regarding the trial case the students studied in class.


The students from Holy Cross listen intently to Scott Griffith

Scott giving instructions to the students on how to make their arguments.


The students who will be making the argument for the defence confer with Scott Griffith ESQ

Scott talking with the students who will be making their arguments for the defense.


Scott Griffith making closing remarks to the students who participated in the constitution program

Scott making his closing remarks.


Since 2010, Women for Greater Philadelphia has hosted
a SYMPOSIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION in partnership with the 7th and 8th grade students from Holy Cross School in Mt. Airy and The Rawle & Henderson Law Firm.  Founded as the Rawle Law Office in 1783 by William Rawle, one of the owners of Laurel Hill Mansion.  In 1915, the firm became Rawle & Henderson and is recognized as the oldest law firm in continuous practice in United States.  In 1825, William Rawle wrote A View of the Constitution of the United States of America and this document was used by the states for over forty years.  Today, William Rawle’s accomplishments can be found on the Internet.  This program was created at Laurel Hill Mansion to help students have a better understanding of the Constitution and Rawle & Henderson agreed to partner with us.  In preparation for the program, the students are given websites to search information regarding William Rawle and his views.  As participants, they prepare 12 questions regarding William Rawle, the Constitution, Amendments and one of the trial cases they have studied in class for the lawyers to answer and have roundtable discussion.


Photographs from the 2015 SYMPOSIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION hosted by Women for Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the 7th and 8th grade students from Holy Cross School in Mt. Airy and The Rawle & Henderson Law Firm.

Scott Griffiths a lawyer from Rawle and Henderson Law Firm addresses student participants during the 2015 Constitution symposium at Holly Cross, a program of Woman For Greater Philadelphia. Participating 7th and 8th grade students and teachers, the Principal and Librarian from Holy Cross School in Mt. Airy pose with lawyer Scott Griffiths from The Rawle & Henderson Law Firm and volunteers from Women for Greater Philadelphia at symposium on the constitution a program of Women for Greater Philadelphia's education committee. Two students showing off “What it says, What it Means” a pocket guide to the constitution which was donated by Rawle and Henderson and given to all the student participants.

Bette Young, Chair of the Women for Greater Philadelphia Education Committee opens the constitution program Students from Holy Cross School gather in a circle at the constitution program Volunteers from Women for Greater Philadelphia dressed in period costumes hand out a pocket guide to the constitution to the participating students of Holy Cross School.

Photographs from the 2014 SYMPOSIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION

Scott Griffiths from Rawle and Henderson Law Firm addresses student participants during the 2014 Constitution symposium at Laurel Hill Mansion, a program of Woman For Greater Philadelphia. Student participants from HCS, their social studies teacher, Scott Griffiths from Rawle and Henderson Law Firm and volunteers from Woman For Greater Philadelphia pose on the front steps of Laurel Hill Mansion just prior to the 2014 Constitution symposium. Student participant from Holy Cross School located in Mount Airy shakes hands with Lawyer Scott Griffiths at a program on the constitution hosted by Women for Greater Philadelphia at Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park on May 1st 2014.

SYMPOSIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION hosted by Women for Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the 7th and 8th grade students from Holy Cross School in Mt. Airy and The Rawle & Henderson Law Firm.


Scott Griffiths from Rawle and Henderson Law Firm discusses a book with two students During the 2014 Constitution program at Laurel Mansion lawyer describes a case to the students of HCS.


Tours of Laurel Hill Mansion

PHOTO OF TYSON GARDNER, PHILADELPHIA FAIRMOUNT PARK GUIDE, WITH A SUMMER CAMP GROUP
During the spring, summer and fall, our guides along with the Park Guide, present Living History tours with opportunities for hands-on participation to learn about life in colonial times.  A literacy program for the students is also offered.  These tours are offered to students in Grades 4-8.  During the summer our guides give the same program along with 18th century games in our garden for summer camps and special groups.

Tours are offered free of charge to school groups and at a discount to adult groups of all sizes at Laurel Hill Mansion.  Each of our tours is an informative and memorable experience providing the opportunity to learn about the rich history of Philadelphia and this historic mansion which was built in 1764.








Portraits of former occupants hang in the house which is furnished in the popular styles of in the late 18th century.  The furniture includes an 18th century Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany highboy, a valuable family heirloom presented to Laurel Hill by the Rawle family 1993.  This original piece, was given by the Burge family upon the marriage of their daughter, Sarah, to William Rawle in 1783.  Decorative items include musical instruments such as an English pianoforte from 1808 by Broadwood and a harp from the early 19th century.

To arrange a tour for your group, school or class please e-mail us at edu@laurelhillmansion.org or phone (215) 235-1776

To learn about our education programs e-mail edu@laurelhillmansion.org