Friday, September 26, 2014

Aloha to New England - Harvard University (part 1)


During our recent trip to New England, hubby and I enjoyed a self guided walking tour of Harvard University.  From its website (link),

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after the College’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University’s best known landmark.

The open campus enabled us to walk around the historic buildings while students scurried to classes.   

We found several tribute in the Memorial Chapel, including the plaque to the women from Radcliffe College who gave the ultimate sacrifice in WWI.

This wall represents the men from Harvard who died in WWII ...

... including a German soldier who graduated form the Divinity School.

Completed in 1878, the Memorial Hall remembers Harvard Graduates who served in the Civil War ... 

... including another graduate from the Divinity School.

The historic buildings still serve students as classrooms.

I was not familiar with General Ward from the Revolutionary Ward.   President John Adams described him as "...universally esteemed, beloved and confided in by his army and his country."  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was a physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author.  His son, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Do you have a historic school near you?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 5.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Chocolate Therapy in Harvard Square


  1. I do have Yale near me. I have been there many times.

  2. Not that I'm aware of. Now, if I still lived in England, then I could have answered in the affirmative.