Junior National Young Leaders Alumni Conference
Standing Up for Tolerance
Junior National Young Leaders Alumni Conference students will spend a day in Salem, MA to learn about the Salem Maritime Historic Seaports and the Witch Hysteria of 1692. They will examine how the Salem Witch Trials and the overseas trade through Salem’s port relate to tolerance, and will work to identify evidence of different forms of intolerance that took place during the Salem Witch Trials. Students will learn the definition of integrity and be able to determine which historical figures possessed this trait.
An interactive site visit to Plimoth Plantation*, a re-created early 17th century English village, will put students in the role of journalists as they prepare to write a story about the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe. Students will interact with modern day Wampanoag natives and historical interpreters, and have photo opportunities at The Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock.
History will come to life as students follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers by walking along the Freedom Trail and visiting the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Each stop along the Trail highlights the courage and leadership that led to the birth of our great nation.
A Learning Adventure
The culmination of the Junior National Young Leaders Alumni Conference is a sleepover onboard a historic naval ship! Students will take a close-up look at more recent history when they spend the night aboard the USS Salem, a retired naval ship with a fascinating story.
*A note on the spelling of the plantation’s name: Spelling was not standardized in the 17th century, and words could be spelled in a variety of ways providing they sounded appropriate when spoken. In the case of this colony, the name appeared in the records and other sources variably as Plimoth, Plimouth, Plymoth, Plymouth, Plimmoth and even Plimmouth. When the museum opened in 1947, “Plimoth,” the spelling most often used by Bradford in his history of the colony, was chosen.