History 101, Summer 2017

Summer vacation is over, but it sure was fun. This past week was spent with my youngest sons visiting some of the historical places important in our countries independence.  Along the way, we took in several museums and walk around a few prestigious college campuses.

New Haven Connecticut

Points of Interest: Yale University, Yale Art Gallery, Felice Varini Perspectives  Mural Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and Yale Center for British Art.

Providence, Rhode Island

Points of Interest: First Baptist Church of America, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Brown University, State House, and numerous historical buildings.

Boston, Massachusetts

Points of Interest: Freedom Trail, Harvard, MIT, Mass General Museum of Medical History and Innovation, and fireworks from the Esplanade.


New York City

Points of Interest: Storm viewed from our hotel Rooftop Patio, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, including the Modern Native Fashion exhibit.




Highlights from San Francisco

Having taken a few days off work – I headed to San Francisco to see my oldest son. After arriving, I spent the first day walking around the Mission District. I enjoyed viewing the many wall murals along my walk.

Women’s Building

And the other sights of the Mission…

Some of the highlights were actually getting the the higher places in San Francisco.
Bernal Heights… 

Twin Peaks….

My son, Tim.
We also visited Napa and Sonoma.  Being a non-drinker (I know that is not normal for visitors the the Valley), Tim and I went to see the scenery and art.  We stumbled upon the di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve and arrived just before a docent-led tour was beginning. We learned a lot about Rene di Rosa’s art collection, the various artists in the collection, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.