Religion and the American Revolution

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.

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