Monday, October 22, 2012

History and traditions of New England

One reason for me coming back to New England over and over again is the regions history and traditions. In one of the churches at Harvard University I found this stone commemorating the man that the university was named after, John Harvard.   
Southwark Cathedral, London. Photo GeeJo
John Harvard was baptised in Southwark Cathedral in London November 6th 1607. The present church dates back to around 1200.

John Harvards father was Robert Harvard (1562–1625), a butcher and tavern owner, and his wife Katherine Rogers (1584–1635), was a native of Stratford-upon-Avon whose father Thomas Rogers (1540–1611) may have been an associate of Shakespeare's father.

He traveled to America in 1637, where he died in 1638 only 31 years old. John Harvard left a considerable amount of money towards establishing a school in New Towne, and this school developed into the prestigious university.  

Harvard freshmen of 2012 in front of the Harry Elkins Widener Library

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