After showing a photo of the MIT yesterday, today we continue with the other education giant from Boston: Harvard University in Cambridge.
I felt a big difference when visiting both universities on the same day. Being so closely located to each other in Cambridge, it is no wonder that a rivalry is going on between them.
You can visit the Harvard University Campus without needing to be a student. So that’s exactly what we did. Immediately the red brick buildings caught my attention. We had fine summer weather, which fit the scenery exceptionally well. A couple of students had been around, but not too many. I guess mid-June may be already “off-season” and rather reserved for international summer schools.
Did you know that Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States? It was founded in 1636! The University was named after John Harvard (c1607-1638). He was an English minister who donated approximately 400 volumes to start a new college in Boston. The school was initially named “New College” but renamed “Harvard College” when it received an endowment from a donation by John Harvard’s widow.
But what I’m really curious about? I’d love to know how much money the university earns by selling all these sweaters with HARVARD written on them! I guess the alumni actually wear only 10% of what is sold.