Over the summer, Kutztown University’s English Club planned and organized a visit to Amherst, Concord, and Salem in Massachusetts. From May 19-22, ten students and Dr. John Ronan made the trip to visit these beautiful, and literary historic, New England towns. They spent the first day visiting Amherst. Some students spent time in the quaint town, visiting local bookshops and stores. Others took a tour of Amherst college. Before they left the area, they all made sure to stop and visit the home of Emily Dickinson!
After the Dickinson Museum, they traveled to Concord, MA. There, they were able to visit the homes of other famous literary figures. They experienced tours of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home and learned the history of not only him but his extraordinary family as well. The stop at the home of Louisa May Alcott allowed the group to learn about the author of Little Women and how she drew inspiration from her life and home around her. Next, they visited the picturesque Walden Pond and hiked to the place where Henry David Thoreau’s cabin once stood. Then, to cool down on the warm spring day, a few even ventured into the water!
On their last day, the group spent time exploring Salem, MA. After hearing stories of the city from a very helpful local, they visited the Witch’s House to learn more about the historic Salem Witch Trials. They took the chance to visit a few local museums, including the house featured in Disney’s Hocus Pocus, and The House of The Seven Gables. To end the night and the trip, everyone went on a spooky night tour of the town to hear some of Salem’s own ghost stories.
The English Club would like to thank all the faculty and staff of the English Department that helped make this trip become a reality!
The first meeting of the semester will be Tuesday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Lytle Seminar Room 136.
For more information on the KU English club, go here.