Fulbright Tour of the Historic Salem, Massachusetts

Fulbright Scholars and their families began their adventure at The House of Seven Gables where tour guides divided them into small, interactive groups. The house, a Jacobean style mansion built by the sea in 1668, is a unique piece of New England history. Scholars learned about the property, its inhabitants, and enjoyed taking pictures of the property.

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Exploring the House of Seven Gables gardens.

The groups then ventured to Pickering Wharf, a beautiful spot on the harbor filled with restaurants and small shops, where scholars ate lunch and had the option to explore the USS Friendship. This ship is a replica of the Salem East Indiaman Friendship, launched in 1797 with 15 voyages to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia.

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View of Salem Harbor.

The journey of our Fulbright crew continued to The Peabody Essex Museum, one of the largest and most dynamic art museums in the nation. Scholars were able to experience the museum at their leisure. They then walked to the Salem Witch Museum. At this final destination on the tour, scholars learned about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600s and the different varieties of witches.

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“Strandbeast” special exhibit from The Netherlands at the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Scholars on Segways!

Who said Fulbright Scholars only engage in academia? Our DC area Scholars were given the opportunity to experience the beautiful monuments in the city on a Segway tour. A Segway is a two-wheeled motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted above an axle and an upright post surmounted by handles (check out the pictures!). On their two-hour tour, they visited and learned about famous landmarks such as the White House, the US Capitol, the Smithsonian Museums, and other attractions located in the heart of our nation’s capital!

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Scholars on Segways in front of the White House

Although Segways might seem difficult to command, our scholars found that they were surprisingly easy to drive after a quick practice lap. With a bit of encouragement, they soon were zipping through the historic streets of DC. It was a wonderful way to tour the city without tiring out too quickly.

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Scholars on Segways in front of the Washington Monument

After the tour, the scholars munched on a delicious Italian lunch. They were all thrilled with the Segway tour and DC’s monuments!

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Fulbright Scholars eating after a great Segway tour