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There are 9 comments on A Deep Dive into Boston University History

    1. I agree with Dr. Ames. I would like to find out how I could audit this course or at least access the PocketSights material so I could go on this tour.

  1. Such a great story and just downloaded the app PocketSights! Hats off to Daryl, such a great colleague and asset to the College of Arts & Sciences~

  2. Such a great and needed idea. Prof. Healea, please let me know if you would like to look at some of the archival material housed in the School of Theology to learn more about the University’s origin stories in Newbury, VT and then Concord, NH.

  3. One thing I have yet to see BU historians get right is the relationship between A.G. Bell and BU. I’ve given talks related to this, but my sources have nothing to do with what I can find at BU. In particular, I would like to trace to details of Helen Keller’s trajectory from Perkins School for the Bind in Watertown, to BU’s earlier location on Beacon Street, to Radcliffe College in Cambridge. There are some aspects of this trajectory that are remarkable to this day, as is the relationship between her and A. G. Bell.

  4. Daryl Healea is a gift to this community. A talented professor, proud alum, and committed administrator. Adding inspiring tour guide is just gliding the lily. . .

    Can tours be available for new staff?

  5. This article presents as factual that since Boston University traces its roots to the Newbury Biblical Institute in Vermont, Boston University actually started out in 1839. This is opinion, not fact, and it cannot be substantiated with documentation. While it may be of interest to know what founders of BU were doing prior to their role in establishing a new university in 1869, it is historically inaccurate to say that since the founders of Boston University were involved in a substantially different institution that was established in Vermont in 1839, that BU started out in 1839. Boston University was established in 1869 and started out in Boston. Boston University is part of the City of Boston. There is no evidence of the existence of Boston University mentioned in the recorded history of Boston prior to 1869. There is no mention of a “Boston University” in Vermont either. Also, the historical record does not show that the Newbury Biblical Institute was either renamed Boston University or that it became Boston University in 1869 when Boston University obtained its charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Newbury Biblical Institute remained as a separate entity until it was absorbed into the newly established “Boston University” as the School of Theology in 1871. At that point in time, the School of Theology was but one part of the vision for a new and more extensive Boston University. Even though the School of Theology was the first school of the new university, that does not mean that the Newbury Biblical Institute/Boston Theological Institute became Boston University. Boston University was chartered with a new mission statement without requirements pertaining to religion. Only the School of Theology had a religious mission. The historical facts show that The Newbury Biblical Institute was the predecessor only to the BU School of Theology. History does not however, show that the Newbury Biblical Institute/Boston Theological Institute was the predecessor to Boston University itself. All of the sweatshirts, coffee mugs and other items with the current Boston University seal indicating 1839 as the establishment date for Boston University are factually inaccurate.

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