Class of 1954 Boston Mini Reunion

Class of 1954 Boston Mini Reunion
Tue, 06/01/2010 - 2:00pm - Fri, 06/04/2010 - 6:30am

Dear Classmate and Member of the '54 Family,

We're shooting for a hat-trick! Following on the wildly successful San Francisco and Washington mini-reunions, your Boston Minutemen have planned a winning ticket. To see all who are planning to attend, please see the reverse side of this letter. Since our get together is only four months away, we encourage you to complete the Classmate Reservation Form that was mailed to everyone and return it with your check or credit card info in the provided return envelope as soon as possible but no later than March 1.

Yale '54 Boston Mini-Reunion
Attn: Karen Jahn, Association of Yale Alumni
PO Box 209010
New Haven, CT 06520-9010

Please give us first and second choices for you and for your guest. Note particularly that the Beacon Hill Tour will be limited to the first 45 people signing up. We have held the cost to $750 per person which covers four days of activities and meals as noted in the brochure. (Hotel and travel expenses are extra).

The colorful brochure that was sent in the mailing spells out in detail our schedule of daytime activities and evening events and includes suggestions for additional attractions you can schedule on your own. (Details are also listed below.) Since our mini-reunion follows the Memorial Day weekend, there may be opportunities for wider New England excursions.

One of our highlights will be the luncheon speaker, Professor Michael J. Sandel, who teaches the hottest course at Harvard, "Justice" More information enclosed.

A few rooms remain at the special rate at the Marriott Long Wharf. Reserving at the hotel does not register you for the reunion. We must still have your completed Classmate Reservation Form and payment to include you in the reunion's activities and meals.

We look forward to welcoming you to Boston, the Cradle of Liberty.

Your Boston Mini-Reunion Minutemen.

Carl Shedd (Chmn), Bill Crozier, Joe McNay '56, Peter Smith, Jim McNeely (Vice Chmn) , Jack Curtin, John Newsome Jr., Arthur Stock, Murray Buttner, Philip Heymann, Leigh Quinn, David Weltman, Pete Coggins, George Jacoby,Jr., Ike Russell

Schedule of Events and Tours

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

4:30 p.m. Introduction To Boston
Boston Duck Tours
4:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Board at the New England Aquarium
Boston Duck Tour, New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA 02110 Tel. 617.267.3825

6:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Downtown Harvard Club
Photo ID may be required to enter the building.
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Walk or Bus Shuttle from hotel to Harvard Club
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception with Bob Lindermann at the Piano
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks followed by Dinner
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Walk or Bus Shuttle from Harvard Club to hotel
Downtown Harvard Club, 38th Floor, One Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110 Tel. 617.542.2070

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day Tours
Some tours will be guided and may be split into small groups. These are marked with an asterisk (*). Please tell us in advance if you would like a wheelchair.

9:00 a.m. Architecture
Boston Athenaeum & Beacon Hill
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Bus from hotel to Boston Athenaeum
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. *Visit Athenaeum
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. *Tour of Beacon Hill and several private houses
Continue on your own. This is a strenuous walk.
Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Tel. 617.227.0270
9:00 a.m. History
Adams National Historical Park & John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Bus from hotel to Adams National Historical Park, Quincy
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Visit *Adams Birthplaces, *Old House, and Stone Library
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bus from National Park to JFK Library & Museum
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Introductory Film and self-guided tour of Museum
Have lunch on your own at Museum Cafe
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bus from JFK Library & Museum to hotel
Adams National Historical Park, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02160 Tel. 617.770.1175
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, 0 Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 Tel. 617.514.1600
9:30 a.m. Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Bus from hotel to Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. *Docent Tour of MFA
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Visit, shop, and have lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Short walk between museums
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. *Docent Tour of Gardner Museum
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Visit and shop on your own
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bus from Gardner Museum to hotel
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Tel. 617.267.9300
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 Tel. 617.566.1401

5:30 p.m. Harbor Cruise & Island Clambake
Thompson Island Outward Bound
Board at Boston Harbor Cruises in front of Hotel. Be prepared for weather.
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Narrated Harbor Cruise to Thompson Island, Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Clambake, Branches Steel Orchestra, Beer & Wine
8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Return Cruise to hotel
Boston Harbor Cruises, One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 Tel. 617.227.4321
Thompson Island Conference Center, P.O. Box 127, Boston, MA 02127 Tel. 617.328.3900 x 102

Thursday, June 3, 2010

9:00 a.m. The Harvard Experience
Harvard Classes, Museums, & Faculty Club, Cambridge
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Bus from hotel to Pound Hall, Harvard Law School
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "The New Psychology", Professor Banaji
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. "Photography as Art", Professor Kelsey
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. "Conflict Resolution", Professor Mnookin
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. *Docent Tour of Harvard Art Museum
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Visit Natural History, Peabody, and Art Museums on your own
Walk or Bus to Harvard Faculty Club
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Luncheon and session on "Justice", Professor Sandel
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bus from Faculty Club to hotel
Pound Hall, Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617.495.3045
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617.496.1027
Albert M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617.495.9400
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617.495-5758

6:00 p.m. Dinner & Dancing
Somerset Club
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Bus Shuttle from hotel to Somerset Club
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Dinner and Dancing to the Music of Bob Kovner's Orchestra
9:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Bus Shuttle from Somerset Club to hotel
Somerset Club, 42 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Tel. 617.227.1731

Friday, June 4, 2010

Farewell Brunch
Marriott Long Wharf Hotel
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Palm Garden
Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, 296 State Street, Boston MA 02109 Tel. 617.227.0800 or 800.228.9290

Classmates staying at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel:
Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Some rooms may be available earlier. Check out time is noon.
The Welcome Desk in the 2nd Floor Lobby will be open on Tuesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Board buses under the marquee 10 minutes before departure.
Classmates staying elsewhere:
You may join the events and tours for which you have registered at the locations shown on this schedule.

The Events

Welcome Dinner: The Downtown Harvard Club offers panoramic views of the Charles River Basin from the Lounge and of Boston Harbor from the Dining Room.
Cruise and Clambake: Within 10 miles of downtown Boston there are 34 Harbor Islands with 35 miles of underdeveloped coastline. One of these, Thompson Island, is operated by Outward Bound, the leadership training program. This is the location of our Clambake.
The Harvard Experience: Four of Harvard's star professors will introduce us to the newest developments in psychology, art, conflict resolution, and political philosophy (see enclosed biographies). You may mix and match these with visits to the encyclopedic Harvard Museums nearby (see below).
Dinner Dance: The only granite house facing the Boston Common was designed by Alexander Parris, the architect of Quincy Market. It was built in 1819 for David Sears, only child of the richest man in New England. Upon his death in 1872, it was purchased by the Somerset Club. Completely renovated in 2007, the period rooms, walled garden, and fine service make this one of Boston's best private clubs.
Farewell Brunch: The Palm Garden is in the atrium of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.

The Tours

Boston Duck Tour: Boston seen from a World War II amphibious landing craft which navigates narrow streets and the Charles River for a duck's-eye view.
The Boston Athenaeum: This membership library was founded in 1807. Its Proprietors have included John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Daniel Webster. The present building, opened in 1849, has windows overlooking the Granary Burying Ground and terraces in the treetops. A bibliophile's paradise, it is one of the most romantic buildings in New England.
Beacon Hill: We will visit cobblestoned Acorn Street and Louisburg Square, and go inside several private houses.
Adams National Historical Park: Two Presidential Birthplaces and the Old House, built in 1731, where four generations of the Adams family lived - John and Abigail, John Quincy, Charles Francis, and Henry. Readers of David McCulloch's biography, John Adams, and viewers of the HBO mini-series, starring Paul Giamatti, will find the Old House modest compared to Monticello and Mount Vernon, but no less important to historians.
John F. Kennedy Library & Museum: This presidential library overlooking Boston Harbor is dedicated to the memory of our 35th president. The introductory film and extensive exhibits poignantly recapture Camelot.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. The collection has nearly 450,000 works of art. The original building was designed by Guy Lowell in 1909 and decorated by John Singer Sargent. Special exhibitions include Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker and Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Works by Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, and Sargent hang in a 15th-century Venetian-style palace with galleries surrounding a flower-filled courtyard. The architecture, the personal nature of Mrs. Gardner's collection, and the courtyard in full bloom are magical.
The Harvard Experience
Harvard Museums: The Museum of Natural History is home to the world famous Glass Flowers. The Peabody Archaeology and Ethnography Museum has extensive exhibits on Native Americans, especially the Maya. In addition to works by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Pollock, as well as the renowned Wertheim Collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art, the Art Museum boasts a stunning 2000 year old ceramic Han tomb horse the size of a small pony.
On Your Own
If you prefer touring on your own or intend to stay longer, Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, and the New England Aquarium are within walking distance. Most Boston and Harvard museums are within a half-hour on the 'T'. Frequent high-speed ferry service runs from Long Wharf to Charlestown (10 min.) for a visit to Old Ironsides and Bunker Hill, and to Salem (55 min.) for a visit to the Peabody-Essex Museum. Tickets to the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Red Sox may be ordered by telephone or on the internet.

Any questions: Contact Barbara Burt at the AYA at either or 203432-8016.