Saturday, August 4, 2012

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Twenty Teachers if by Jet Blue Air

Eighteen teachers from the San Marcos Unified and Del Mar Union School Districts in San Diego County, the external evaluator from the Teaching American History Grant Project, and I converged upon Boston from Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2012. It was an amazing experience to be able to witness first-hand the historic landmarks of events that shaped our nation's history.

Highlights from our trip included the following:

  • Freedom Trail, Boston (site of "Boston Massacre" is illustrated above)
  • Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
  • Harvard,  Cambridge
  • Tall Ships and Custom House, Salem
  • House of Seven Gables, Salem
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  • Heritage Trail Tour, Lyceum Hall, Salem
  • Adams National Historic Park, Quincy
  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
  • Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, Plymouth
  • Lexington Green, Paul Revere Capture Site, Old North Bridge, Lexington & Concord
Our group was delighted to see that Boston and the surrounding towns frequently boasted of having the "first" and "oldest" historical landmarks, even to the point of being somewhat of a competition regarding who really had the oldest pub, tavern, meeting hall where the sons of liberty conspired together.

One of my biggest "ahas" was that social media is not new and modern. "Social media" was alive and well during the Boston colonial era:
  • Google Hangout and Discussion Forums-Taverns and Pubs (Green Dragon and Buckman, to name a couple)  
  • Facebook- Mount Auburn Cemetery (Yes, Mount Auburn Cemetery was the place for picnics and social gatherings!)
  • Twitter-Express Riders such as Paul Revere, Militia Leaders (three shots from their window into the air, often "retweeted" by other shots in surrounding areas to gather the minutemen of the militia)
Books that were recommended as a result of these tours:
Please check out additional photos from our trip!

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