Monday, October 24, 2011

History Alive: Visiting Scholar Visit Historic Sites

This past weekend Lu Jianhong, who is currently a Visiting Scholar at Putney Central School, traveled to Concord and Lexington with her host family, Mary Anne, to visit historic American sites. In her letter to ASOP, Jianhong shares the fascination of seeing a historic American site that she had read about as a student in China. Read more about her impressions in her letter below:  

Today Mary Anne drove me to Concord and Lexington to visit these two historic places. When I was a high school student, I learned about the First Shot in Lexington in my history book. Now I have the chance to visit the place, so I feel very excited.
After more than an hour’s drive, we reached Concord which is an ancient town with the former residence of Nathaniel Hawthorn (author of The Scarlet Letter) and Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women). After watching a 25-minute film in the Visitors’ Center about the historic battle between the British Regulars and the American militia in April 1775, we walked three miles along the Battle Road. The road has a series of signs along the original route, now partly covered by modern roads, and of reconstructed unpaved roads through the forest between Lexington and Concord. We listened to the ranger’s introduction of the arms in the battle and his demonstration of the firing. We also visited the North Bridge and the Minuteman Satue. Here the volunteer ranger described the battle vividly. Then we visited Lexington Green.
I am grateful to Mary Anne who offered me the opportunity to know more about American culture.

Visiting Scholar attends Catamount Tip Off at UVM

Fans of the University of Vermont men's and women's basketball teams were able to get a first glimpse of the Catamounts at the annual Catamount Tip-Off this past Saturday, October 22 at Patrick Gymnasium. Amongst the cheering fans was Visiting Scholar Crystal Shen, who enjoyed her first Catamount basketball game. Read her review below:

It's a rainy day but I am excited. Guess what? I watched a Catamount basketball game in UVM with my own eyes!

Linda (my new host family) and I arrived at Roy L. Patrick Memorial Gymnasium before 12 and paid $5 to watch the basketball game. The game was held to raise funds for cancer patients. We bought pizza for lunch and got free bottled water, potato chips and popcorn. There were three shows: women's basketball, men's basketball and mixed basketball. The players are all from UVM’s Catamount teams. Each show lasted 20 minutes and during the intervals, two cheering teams gave dances to add lively atmosphere to the gymnasium. It's really exciting to be on the spot, cheering and clapping when there are shots or goals. The 3-point shot show caught everyone's eye. Some freshmen's outstanding performance won themselves warm applauses from the spectators. At the end of the games, I took several pictures with the mascot. 

Without a doubt, I enjoyed every minute of the game!