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UW-RF Offers Colonial History Tour in June
By Molly Exner
UW-RF News Bureau
APRIL 8, 2005--The UW-River Falls College of Outreach and Graduate Studies
welcomes travelers with a passion for the past to spend two weeks from
June 20 to July 3 exploring the sights of early America.
The tour is open to students for earned credit, and the public is encouraged
to join the tour for a relaxing vacation steeped in history lessons.
The trip offers a blend of guided tours but allows plenty of free time
for sightseers to explore at their own will. The tour is designed for
travelers who want to learn more about the colonial beginnings of the
United States, slavery and the history of the Civil War.
Tour leader David Riggs has been a UW-RF American history professor for
the past five years and has lead the tour since 2002. Riggs is no stranger
to all stops on the tour since he often travels to the tour's selected
cities, taking advantage of the research-rich archives along the route.
The tour's itinerary includes visits to Gettysburg National Park, Thomas
Jefferson's home in Monticello, Jamestown and the 1607 settlement site.
Participants will visit Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon,
the U.S. Constitution Center, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The
tour also includes stops at Washington D.C., Valley Forge, Fort Necessity
National Park, and the new Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
"Participants have the opportunity to see where history was made
and delve more deeply into the past. Combined, the tour helps us better
understand who we are as a nation today," says Riggs.
Riggs says the most rewarding aspect of the trip is to share in the student's
enthusiasm for this kind of educational opportunity. "In addition
to a deeper historical understanding, the range of emotions trigged in
students is inspirational."
Participants can earn two or three graduate or undergraduate credits by
attending the tour. For a special course fee of $1,600, the tour includes
luxury bus transportation, lodging at three-and-four-star hotels, entrance
and admission fees. A noncredit alternative is also available for $1,900.
Tuition and food expenses are not included with either option. Applications
are being accepted through May 1. A study tour deposit of $250 is required
More information and registration is available online at www.uwrf.edu/outreach
or from the Outreach office at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607 or send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
more information about the tour, please contact Riggs at 715/425-3164
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:21 Central Daylight Time