Travel to Boston and Concord, MA, with UW-Sheboygan

June tour to showcase colonial history, literature and theology
By UW-Sheboygan

Are you fascinated with American colonial history? Do you love American literature? Do you love to travel?

If so, then join the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan on a travel adventure to New England this summer! For the first time ever, the UW-Sheboygan Continuing Education and Professional Development Office will offer “A New England Primer: The Literature, History and Theology of Boston and Concord, Massachusetts” June 16-22, 2014.

This seven-day, six-night tour will take travelers on a trip back in time to the Colonial days of our nation and the pre-Civil War era, specifically to Boston and Concord, Massachusetts – the epicenters of American history, literature and theology. The tour will focus on Concord and Boston’s connections to the Puritan founders, the Revolutionary War, and the Transcendentalists.

The trip will be led by new UW-Sheboygan Continuing Education and Professional Development Director Teri Mattek and Dr. Michael Mattek, UW-Washington County English instructor. New England history experts Dr. Robert Gross (the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut) and Charles Bahne (author, and tour guide) will also join the tour in New England.

The trip itinerary will include activities such as walking the Freedom Trail; discovering Margaret Fuller’s and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s connections to Boston and Cambridge; enjoying an exclusive lecture by Dr. Robert Gross on Concord, the Minutemen, and the Transcendentalists; and visiting such literary sites as Hawthorne’s The Old Manse, Emerson’s home, Alcott’s Orchard House, and Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

Travelers will learn about the shifts in 19th Century Protestant theology as they visit Concord’s First Parish Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church, and travel to Fruitlands, the site of a 19th Century utopian society.

According to Teri Mattek, this trip will allow the American history that we all have read about come to life.

“I believe in educational travel,” Mattek said. “Travel is more than seeking the next sight, but is, instead, an experience that changes you from the inside out. If you enjoy reading about people and places, visiting these sites, and then chatting and digging deeper about them then this trip is for you. I truly believe this trip will offer travelers a rich experience that they have never had before.”

Space is limited on this tour to 16 travelers, so early registration is advised. A special information session on “A New England Primer” will be offered on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Room 1202. Tour itinerary specifics will be discussed.
Tour cost is $2,295 per person, double occupancy, and includes round-trip airfare, three nights in the Colonial Inn in Concord; three nights at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall; ground transportation; tour admissions; expert tour guides and guest lecturers; daily breakfasts in Concord; and three lunches and a dinner.

To register for the information session or request a tour application/registration form, contact the UW-Sheboygan Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at (920) 459-6685 or e-mail



Carrie Hoppe
(920) 459-6612