The Truth Behind the Statue of 3 LiesĀ 

In my younger days, I always wanted to study at Harvard. However, that wasn’t meant to be. So I guess somehow in subconcious protest, I never even visited Boston. This all changed a few weeks ago when I had to go to Cambridge on a business trip. I was in town for 3 days that promised to be full of work.  Much to my surprise, one of the days there was a power outage in the area, shutting down the office, and giving me a free afternoon to explore the town. The office was at the edge of MIT’s campus, but I was very eager to see Harvard. I had read that the students at Harvard give one of the best tours of the campus. So with my unplanned free afternoon I made my way to Harvard square to take the “Offical Harvard Tour”. 

The tour was amazing, taking us through Harvard Yard and many of the historic buildings and monuments. Our tour guide wasan enthusiastic senior, majoring in literature. She provided so much insight into the history of the University and also sharing personal stories about her time at the University. 

The last stop on our tour was very fascinating.  It was the statue of John Harvard, designed by the same person that designed the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial. If you compare this to the Lincoln statue, you will see a lot of similarites in the way the subject is sitting. While this is suppose to be the Harvard symbol of truth, it’s known as the Statue of 3 Lies, which are displayed in the inscription around the statue.  

1 – This is not John Harvard, but modeled after a student named Sherman Hoar, who was the son of an early benefactor.  John Harvard passed away at a young age, and no one is exactly sure what he looked like, so this was a close assumption. 

2 – John Harvard was not the founder of the university, but one of the first benefactors. Harvard was intitally a public college named New College, started by the Massachusetts BayColony. On his death bed Harvard donated half his estate and his 400 books to the University that now bears his name. 

3 – The date the university was founded is listed as 1838. This was the year John Harvard has made is donation to the university. However, this is incorrect since New College existed since 1836 before the donatation from Harvard.

Ironically I was wearing Harvard Crimson on the day I made it here…..Always wanted to go to Harvard and so grateful for finally making it here. 


The Best View of DC – In Autumn

Arguably the best view of Washington DC is from a rather unexpected place.  DC is very unique in its topography.  While there are some hills, DC is a relatively low city with a very low skyline.  The tallest building is the Washington Monument, and there are laws preventing new buildings from being built over 150 feet tall.  The top of the Washington Monument does have a great view, but it’s right in the middle of the city.  From here you can see snapshots of the city from the middle, but can’t see the total skyline. So the best view of the entire city comes from a high vantage point right across the Potomac River in Virginia – from Arlington Cemetery.  A cemetery is an unusually place to see “a view”.  But with DC directly behind you, as you cross Memorial Bridge you come to this regal entrance, with Arlington House sitting majestically on top of the hill – and from here you can see the whole city.  A view like this makes you forget this could be a cemetery.  With early fall setting in, the lush trees have taken on vibrant colors, only adding to the stunning beauty of this place.


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