|McMurry’s inaugural May Term trip to Boston, Massachusetts, was, in the
words of the local populace, “wicked awesome.” After eight days of intensive
study on the origins of religion in America and the events leading up to
the American Revolution under the leadership of professors Wettemann and
Miller, the class set forth for one of the nation’s oldest cities, where
it took in all the sights, religious, historical and otherwise.
Included on the itinerary were the Boston Common; Boston Massacre and Boston
Tea Party sites; Paul Revere’s Home; Christ Church (better known as Old
North Church, where the lanterns were hung for Paul Revere – one if by
land, two if by sea); and a number of cemeteries that are the final resting
places for such notables as John Winthrop, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel
Adams, the victims of the Boston Massacre, and Puritan leaders Increase
and Cotton Mather.
Side trips included Lexington and Concord, the Battle Road, Bunker Hill,
the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), the Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, Plimouth Plantation,
and Fenway Park.
Based upon the success of the class, plans are already underway for next
year’s 2007 May Term course, titled “The History and Biology of Whaling,”
a course to be team taught by Drs. Bob Wettemann and Joel Brant of the
Department of Biology.
In addition to travel in metropolitan Boston, anticipated stops on next
year’s trip include the New England Aquarium and a Whale Watch Cruise,
as well as possible side trips to Mystic Seaport and Nantucket Island.