Yale traces its beginnings to "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School" passed by the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut and dated October 9, 1701. Soon thereafter, a group of ten Congregationalist ministers led by James Pierpont, all of whom were Harvard alumni (Harvard having been the only college in North America when they were school-aged), met in the study of Reverend Samuel Russell in Branford, Connecticut, to pool their books to form the school's first library. The group is now known as "The Founders." Yale was founded to train ministers.
Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and is a member of the Ivy League. Particularly well-known are its undergraduate school, Yale College, and the Yale Law School, each of which has produced a number of U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state. In 1861, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences became the first U.S. school to award the Ph.D. Also notable is the Yale School of Drama, which has produced many prominent Hollywood and Broadway actors and writers, as well as the art, divinity, forestry and environment, music, medical, management, nursing, and architecture schools, each of which is often cited as among the finest in its field.
The university's assets include a $22.5 billion endowment (the second-largest of any academic institution) and more than a dozen libraries that hold a total of 12.5 million volumes (the second-largest university library system).
- Historical Travel
Harkness Tower is probably the most important landmark of Yale College and Yale University.
Enscribed are the words "For God, For Country and For Yale"
The bells of Harkness Tower rings at certains of times of the day and during special occasions like Graduation Ceremonies.
Dwight Hall & Chapel at Old Campus
Dwight Hall was founded in 1886 as Yale Christian Association.
It is an well recognized building in Old Campus. Located just opposite Harkness Tower.
It is now an non-denominational center for community service.
"Cross Campus" - at the cross road
Cross Campus as the name suggest is where many students and faculty members will pass each other and walk across from their residential college dormitories to classes or to the libraries. It is literally at the cross road in terms of location.
It is surrounded by the Sterling Memorial Library and basically flanked by the two halves of Berkeley College.
There is a green field on top to play and below is the hidden two underground storey of "Cross Campus Library"
Note: superimposed is the Bulldog - Yale mascot.
Wright Hall in Old Campus
The "Old Campus" is a quadrangle of dormitories where all Yale Freshmen will stay for the first year together before moving to their respective residential college in the second (sophomore), third (junior) and fourth (senior) year.
Even as a Freshman, they will participating in activies within their own residential college and will eat breakfast and weekend meals at their residential dining halll. During the weekdays, lunches and dinners at the Commons . So get to know other freshmen of other residentail colleges.
Freshmen of Davenport College stays at Wright Hall. There is a real fireplace in each living room quarters which often cause the fire alarms to go off unintentionally.
The Yale Station (Post Office) is located in the basement of Wright Hall.
New Haven Green - Heart of New Haven City
New Haven Green is located between Elm Street and Chapel Street and between Church Street and College Street and bisected by Temple Street.
It is great park as serve as important bus routes and bus stops.
It is where the City of New Haven and Yale University meets symbolically as City Hall and other city buildings are on the other side of New Haven Green.
Payne Whitney Gymn
A multi storey indoor gymnasium - Payne Whitney is popular with students for daily exercise to get rid of academic stresss and peer pressure.
There are basketball courts, squash, racquetball, volley ball, rowing, gymn, swimming pool, etc.
A place to sweat it out.
Sterling Memorial Library
This is one of the most comprehensive and largest university library in America.
There are small courtyards, reading halls with high ceilings as well as several storeys of books of different fields including a famous Far East department.
There are different libraries at Yale University but this is considered the main library.
It is connected to the undergraduate library "Cross Campus" by a tunnel.
Yale University Campus Tour
Yale University is pretty during every season with the gothic and modern architecture of residential colleges, lecture halls and libraries based on UK Cambridge University.
There is a free guided tour which starts at Phelps Gate Visitor Center, 149 Elm Street at the Old Campus. Together with an introduction video and walk - about 2 hours.
After the tour, you can say truthfully, "I went to Yale".
Sleeping Giant Park
Sleeping Giant State Park is in Hamden, CT about 15 minutes drive from Yale University. There are many different paths you can take to the top of the mountain. I've always taken the easiest route!! It takes about 40 minutes to the top where there is a tower and you get really great views of New Haven/Hamden. Coming down only takes about 20-25 minutes. Lots of dog walkers and people with kids walk up. Take a small backpack with snacks for the top.
Fun, revitalising and great view at the top!
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
New Haven is one of the oldest municipalities in the continental (contiguous) United States; which(with the advancement of time), had evolved from a typical federalist colonial town to a major metropolitan city whose landscape is replete with a plethora of historical landmarks;(e.g. parks,churches,former residences of prominent New Haven citizens who were contemporaries and acquaintances of our founding fathers, former Revolutionary War battle fields and other former Revolutionary War zones etc.) American History enthusiast-V.T. members who pay a visit to New Haven,Ct.[The birthplace of yours truly],will most assuredly have a field day with this one. The landscape is pockmarked with early American history.
- Arts and Culture
West Rock and Three Judges
If you're anywhere in the vicinity of New Haven, CT, be sure to visit West Rock Ridge State Park and take a nice, leisurely, slowly drive up the side of the mountain (please be weary of the joggers, bikers and other vehicles, the road is very narrow and they share it with you!) There are three spots to get a nice view from. The first time I made the stroll up there (I walked), I was fairly unimpressed with the views provided by the first two overlookings, and I didn't know how many there were. Then finally, I turned around the final bend and the area opens up into a great big parking lot With probably close to a 300 degree (no, not 360) panoramic view of New Haven city, New Haven Harbor and the surrounding areas. Please note that the viewing point is actually on top of East Rock, but is indeed part of West Rock Ridge State Park.
From the top you can see Sleeping Giant State Park to the southeast in Hamden and the view in total on a clear day allows you to see approximately 200 square miles on a clear day. Nice views from up there.
The other main feature of WRR State Park is the Three Judges rocks. Judges' Cave is named after two of the judges that signed the death warrent for King Charles I. When Charles II became king, following the death of Oliver Cromwell, the regicides had to flee England. Two of the seventy-six judges that sentenced Charles the First to death spent time in New Haven, Connecticut, Whalley and Goffe. They were hidden by townsfolk and small boys brought them food. The cave lies on top of West Rock in New Haven, along the Regicides Trail which can be found in any Connecticut Walk Book.
Other things to do include Hiking, Mountain Biking, Non-Motorized boating, and Fishing (I believe catch and release). There are plenty of great trails to walk along on the other side of the park and some small ponds/lakes to visit if you want to do a short kayak or canoe trip.
This will be updated with pictures as I currently do not have mine.
- Hiking and Walking
New Haven Harbor
From how it looks on the map, I thought the end of the Quinnipac would be a bleak, run-down, smoking-chimney factory area. Some smoking chimneys were visible, but there was also green grass, and nice people, and benches to enjoy the view, and it felt altogether good.
New Haven Green
Good place to hang out, analogous to New York's Central Park and the Boston Common, but much smaller even than the latter. Make sure you have change for the parking meters. I didn't, and only had two hours in the city, so I had to move on.
Museum hopping 3: Yale Peabody Museum
This is a must-not missed museum if you are into prehistoric animals, dinosaurs and reptiles or petrified wood.
There are also exhbitions of origin of mammals, men, Egyptian culture, Native American culture, North American wildlife and minerals and rocks too.
Also check out current new exhibitions and study groups.
I still have the long poster bought from the Museum store.
Museum store opening hours:
Monday- Saturday 10:00 am to 4:45 pm
Sunday noon to 4:45 pm
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