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History Majors to Test Skills During NYC Scavenger Hunt

Unique learning experience requires knowledge and investigative skills

Bethlehem, Pa. —Twenty-four Moravian College students and faculty will team-up to pit their knowledge of history and New York City geography against each other next weekend as part of a history scavenger hunt on Sunday, October 2.

In a rather unique activity sponsored by Moravian’s History Club, students and faculty in teams of 2-4 will be put to the task of deciphering a number of clues received upon signing-up for the History Scavenger Hunt. All answers are entirely dependent upon historical knowledge and familiarity with historical research methods, and all answers are photographable sights of New York City.

Nearly two weeks after receiving and decoding the clues, the teams will travel to New York City, armed with disposable cameras. Using only public transportation, the teams are to make their way through the City, taking pictures of the answers to the clues they have deciphered. The cameras will then be turned in to the History Club for processing. The team with the most photographs depicting the correct answers will be awarded a $200 prize.

Dr. Sandra Bardsley, assistant professor of history, conceived the project, devised the clues, and even performed a trial run of the hunt over the summer to make sure it was possible to do within a day. “The idea behind the event is to encourage students to discover the wonderful historical sites within our own region,” said Bardsley. “They’ll need to apply their knowledge and the investigative skills they learn from history classes at Moravian. Then they’ll need to work out the logistics of getting around to all the sites in the time available. So it seemed like a practical (and fun) opportunity for students to make use of some of the same skills we use in class.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.