It is our pleasure to announce Dallas Theological Seminary’s 2013 New England Christian Heritage Tour.
You are warmly invited to join us October 9-13 on this memorable journey. You will be stirred by the story of our Christian heritage as never before!
Dr. John Hannah
Dr. Mark Bailey
Dr. John Hannah, Dallas Theological Seminary's distinguished professor of Church History, leads us on a study tour of our country's rich Christian heritage. He will be joined by DTS president, Dr. Mark Bailey, who will add inspirational devotional teaching making it a tour of great spiritual truth.
We will see many sites that are significant to our nation's formation, and we will study the lives and religious convictions of our Puritan forefathers. Also, this particular weekend is often at the height of New England's fall foliage season.
We will spend our first two nights at the Omni Parker House in Boston, and we will conclude our trip with two nights at the Omni New Haven Hotel in New Haven. The cost of the trip is $2,100 per person (based on double occupancy; round-trip airfare not included).
For any questions about the tour, please contact Doug Mackinnon at 214-887-5069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 9
Dr. Hannah, who is considered one of the world’s top Christian history scholars, will begin our tour at 1:00 p.m., departing from the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. We will first focus on the site where “the shot heard around the world” was fired, Lexington Green. Thus began the struggle for our independence from England. At Concord, in the early dawn of April 19, 1775, the British advance was stopped at Old North Bridge, preventing the capture of the town. The American revolt had begun! We will experience those two days immortalized by Longfellow’s poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” yet focus on the spiritual heritage that was part of our national beginnings.
Thursday, October 10
Our story continues on Boston Green and the famous “Freedom Trail,” though our focus will be on our Christian heritage rooted in Boston’s beginnings in the 1630s. We will visit the graves of several Puritan Christian founders as well as Old South Meeting House (where the Boston Tea Party was instigated), Faneuil Hall (the so-called “Cradle of American Liberty”),and on to Old North Meeting House and the North Church where two lanterns flashed on April 18, 1775.
Then, we will cross the Charles River to see “Old Iron Sides,” the USS Constitution, and drive to the famous monument commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill that ended the British occupation of Boston. In the afternoon we will drive to Plymouth and visit the Pilgrim settlement that began in 1620, the first permanent settlement north of Jamestown, Virginia. There we will walk on the replica of the Mayflower and see the famous Plymouth Rock. Here you will be stirred by the story of our Christian heritage as never before! Our drive back to our hotel will bring the end of our touring day and give us a restful evening.
Friday, October 11
A driving day will take us to two marvelous sites and lots of fall colors. First, we will visit the home and conference grounds of the famous nineteenth century evangelist Dwight L. Moody in Northfield on the Connecticut River. Meandering down the great river we will come to Northampton, the site of American foremost thinker, revivalist, and preacher, Jonathan Edwards. We will see his church, the site of his home, as well as the cemetery. At Enfield we will stand in the spot where Edwards preached the most celebrated sermon in American history, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” In South Windsor, where Edwards was raised, many of the homes are original and the graveyard is a history lesson. Continuing our journey, we will come to New Haven. There we will take our lodging.
Saturday, October 12
Today we continue to highlight the life of Jonathan Edwards as well as enjoy the fall foliage in the Berkshire Mountains. The drive through the mountains will provide a colorful backdrop on our journey to Stockbridge. Here we will see the school where Jonathan Edwards served in the 1750s as a missionary to the Mohawk Indians. We will also visit the Stockbridge library that houses some of his personal effects. Next we will visit Wethersfield where Edwards attended his first year of college. We end our day on the campus of Yale University where Edwards was among its most illustrious graduates.
Sunday, October 13
We will conclude our memorable journey by worshiping together on the Lord’s Day and sharing a delicious farewell brunch. Early afternoon flights will be available from Hartford Airport as we return home filled with memories of our rich Christian heritage!