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Program Highlights

Standing Up for Tolerance

JrNYLC Alumni Conference Standing up for Tolerance

At JrNYLC Alumni, you will spend a day in Salem, MA to learn about the Salem Maritime Historic Site and the Witch Hysteria of 1692. You'll examine how the Salem Witch Trials and the overseas trade through Salem’s port related to tolerance, working to identify evidence of different forms of intolerance that took place during the Salem Witch Trials. You'll also learn the definition of integrity and be able to determine which historical figures possessed this trait.

JrNYLC Alumni students at park

Launching the American Revolution

On a trip to Lexington and Concord, the location of the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War, you'll explore Minute Man Visitor Center and enjoy a multimedia theater program about the park; learn about Parker's Revenge and its importance; and cross the North Bridge, famous for being the spot where the Patriots fired their first shots—also known as the "shot heard 'round the world." 

Revolutionary Leadership

JrNYLC Alumni learn leadership through history.

History will come to life as you follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers along the Freedom Trail and visit 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.

You will then have the opportunity to apply everything you've learned about courage and leadership during the Roots of Revolution simulation. The simulation puts you in the middle of a futuristic global struggle, where the United States and England have reunited as one nation, and the U.S. must determine if it wants to declare independence once again.

JrNYLC Alumni students work together

Discovering Community

The culmination of JrNYLC Alumni is a sleepover at Plimoth Plantation,* a re-created early 17th-century English village. There, you'll interact with modern-day Wampanoag natives and historical interpreters. You'll also have photo opportunities at The Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock.

*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 its records and other sources variably as Plimoth, Plimouth, Plymoth, Plymouth, Plimmoth, and even Plimmouth. When the museum opened in 1947, they chose the name “Plimoth,” due to it being the spelling most often used by William Bradford in his manuscript of the colony's history.