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Registration opens for Peru State's Trails & Tales tour of historic, literary sites on East Coast

Space is limited, early registration encouraged


(Peru, Neb.)  Registration is underway for Peru State College’s (PSC) interdisciplinary history and literature tour, Trails and Tales VIII Exploring the Roots of American History and Literature, Oct. 11–20, 2012.


Sponsored by PSC’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Peru State Foundation, the tour will venture away from Nebraska for the first time to explore the foundation of American history and literature along the East Coast of the United States, from Williamsburg, Va., to Concord, Mass.


Stops on the nine-day chartered bus tour will feature numerous sites illustrating American Colonial and early United States history, including the colonial settlement of Williamsburg, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, Independence Hall, the Constitution Center, the Freedom Trail, Old Ironsides in Charleston Harbor and Adams National Park. The tour will also feature stops at the homes, birthplaces and gravesites of American literary giants such as Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe. All of these writers not only contributed to developing American literature but often commented on the important political and social issues of the day.


While the tour focuses on visiting exciting educational sites, program directors Dr. Dan Holtz, PSC English professor, and Dr. Sara Crook, PSC history professor, said it also allows free time for sightseeing on one’s own, as well as stops at other venues, such as the Samuel Adams Brewery and dinner at the Bull & Finch Pub (home of the Cheers television series).  


Spots on the tour are limited to 40 and will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information visit or call the PSC Foundation at 402-872-2304.