All American Road Trip {Part 6: Harvard}

Located just outside Boston in Cambridge, Harvard was founded in 1636 as the first college in the American colonies. The college earned its name in 1639 after John Harvard bequeathed the school his library and half his estate. Recognized as a university in 1780, the school has graduated eight US Presidents since its founding (John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama). Memorial Church (photo 1) was built in 1932 in honor of the Harvard men who perished in World War I. The church now houses other memorials honoring Harvard students and alumni who died in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Widener Library (photo 3) was built using a donation from Eleanor Elkins Widener, made in honor of her son who died on the Titanic.

Memorial Hall (photo 4), was built between 1870 and 1877 in honor of Harvard alumni who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The Hall consists of Memorial Transept, Sanders Theatre, and Annenberg Hall which is now the freshman dining hall.

This Harvard Alumni Club (photo 5) is actually located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, but I wanted to include it with the photos of Harvard. The club was founded in 1908 to, as their Mission Statement states, "encourage the social, intellectual and athletic interests of our members, to promote the welfare of Harvard University, to assist students with financial aid, and to foster the Harvard Spirit in all Harvard men and women.”

Massachusetts Hall (photo 6, left) was built between 1718 and 1720, and is the oldest standing building at Harvard. In fact, it is the oldest dormitory in America. John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry and James Otis, all resided in this dormitory.

It's amazing to walk through this campus and think of all the people who walked there before you.

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