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Peru State students selected as Trails & Tales interns, registration continues for tour of East Coast historic and literary sites


(Peru, Neb.) Sarah Mathewson, a senior English education major from Pawnee City, and Nelsen Petersen, a senior social science education major from Lincoln, have been selected to serve as interns for the 2012 Trails and Tales Tour sponsored by Peru State College (PSC).

This year’s tour, “Exploring the Roots of American History and Literature,” is the eighth in a series of interdisciplinary history and literature tours, with the first offered in the summer of 1996. All of the eight have been developed and co-directed by Social Science/History Professor Dr. Sara Crook and English Professor Dr. Dan Holtz.

Mathewson’s and Petersen’s internship tasks will involve serving as aids to the directors during the tour and developing a mini-documentary movie to feature and disseminate information about the 2012 Trails and Tales experience. Both Petersen and Mathewson, according to Holtz and Crook, are well qualified to perform these duties. Petersen has run a video production studio based in Lincoln for the past 11 years, and Mathewson started her own photography business in 2009.

For their work, the two interns will be awarded all-expenses-paid slots on the tour. The funds to provide these awards came from Peru State’s Student Engagement Enhancement Initiative, which offers financial support for programs that enhance the student experience through distinctive engagement and professional development. 

Although previous Trails and Tales tours focused primarily on visiting historical and literary sites in Nebraska, this year’s tour, which runs from Oct. 11–20, will span much of the East Coast. It starts in the colonial village of Williamsburg, Va., and travels as far north as Concord, Mass., with three nights in Philadelphia and four in Boston.

Like all prior tours, this one will give participants the opportunity to explore the interplay between historical events and literature through visits conducted by on-site experts. Tour highlights include stops at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Old Ironsides near Boston and the John Adams National Historical Park. The tour will also visit some of the birthplaces, homes and graves of such American literary giants as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe.          

Spots on the tour are limited to 40 and will be released on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants who wish to do so may earn three undergraduate or graduate credit hours in English or history.

For more information visit or contact Holtz at, Crook at, or call the Peru State Foundation, co-sponsor of the tour, at 800-742-2412.