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Seminary New England Tour

For information on joining the Seminary New England Tour please call the Center for Adventist Research at (269) 471-3209.

Tour Application

New England Adventist History Tour

The Center for Adventist Research and the Church History Department of the Seventh‑day Adventist Theological Seminary would like to invite seminary students to participate in an eight-day New England Adventist History tour in August 2014. This tour is designed to be both an academic and spiritual experience. We are planning on taking only one bus with 53 participants. Students may take the tour for two or three hours of credit for either Church History Study Tour (GSEM678), Adventist Heritage (CHIS504) or Studies in Church History (CHIS685). The tour will include all lodging, transportation, admissions, and most meals.

This tour will be an enriching academic exercise and a deeply spiritual experience that will
benefit your life and ministry.

Overview of Tour Itinerary

August 4: Travel east. Adventist History
presentation and discussion en route.

August 5: Visit Mount Hope Cemetery where the family of J. N. Andrews is buried, as well as other notables such as Nathaniel and Anna White, Frederick Douglas and the Ortons. Drive through Rochester looking at Adventist history sites. Travel on to Massachusetts.

Old Sturbridge Village

August 6: Visit Old Sturbridge Village, then Fairhaven, MA, where Joseph Bates lived. Sites include boyhood home, school he attended, Christian Church he helped build, and the bridge where he first shared the Sabbath message.
Evening at historic Quincy Market in Boston.

August 7: Drive north into Maine and see childhood and early adulthood sites of Ellen G. White in Gorham, Portland, and Poland. We will have lunch at the historic Portland Head Lighthouse. We will also visit the home of Stockbridge Howland in Topsham.

West Wilton, New Hampshire

August 8: Travel to New Hampshire and visit childhood home of Uriah and Annie Smith. The highlight of the day will be a spiritual blessing at the Washington NH Church and the Sabbath History Trail. We will travel north and stay in Rutland, Vermont.

William Miller Farm

August 9: This day will be a high point for the tour. We will visit the home and chapel of William Miller in Low Hampton, NY. Other sites will include ascension rock, communion in the chapel, and the graveyard where Miller is buried. James R. Nix, director of the
Ellen G. White Estate, will join us to provide a deeply meaningful spiritual experience.

August 10: We will next visit the Roosevelt, NY SDA Church where Ellen White had her second Civil War vision. In the afternoon we continue to Hiram Edson’s barn and cornfield where he prayed after the 1844 disappointment and the early sanctuary message was developed. Stay in Rochester, New York.

August 11: Return to Berrien Springs, MI. Adventist History presentations en route.

The tour price is subsidized and includes all travel, lodging, admission and most meals (see application for details).

Acceptance to attend the tour will be in the order of application.  Priority will be given to students over spouses.  Students must also financially clear through Student Financial Services. The tour fee is $379.00 for Mdiv students. For MA and PhD students the cost of the tour is covered by tuition only. For the first 5 spouses it is $775 ($950 for 6th +). Fee is due at the time of application.   Fee may be refunded through April 15, 2013 but will be non-refundable after that date unless there is an approved standby student.  It is necessary for us to make pre-payment for hotel arrangements.  MA and PhD students must pay $100 refundable deposit to hold their seat.

Merlin Burt, Ph.D.
is director of the Center for Adventist ResearMerlin Burtch at
Andrews University. Over the years he has guided many New England Adventist History Tours. His background includes pastoring, teaching, and administration. Until 2003 he was director of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office, and chair of Archives and Special Collections at Loma Linda

Ellen G. White EstateEGW Estate,
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