Peabody goes Stateside: Day 3
Nine young Peabody residents are in the USA for a week of cultural exchange activities.
Day 3 began by taking it back to the place where it all began — the George Peabody House museum (pictured below), dedicated to preserving the life and legacy of our founder.
Our host Bill Power (President of the Peabody Historical Society) gave us the lowdown on the early years of George Peabody, right up until he left to take up permanent residence in London, where he remained for the rest of his life.
We were greeted by a life-sized cut-out of our founder (pictured right), which seemed to keep a close eye on the group as we made our way through the house.
We discovered that a visit to the museum is almost a rite of passage for all primary school children in Peabody Massachusetts, and were delighted to meet a group of third graders, who shared their vastly superior knowledge of George Peabody and his early life.
Highlights included visiting the room where our founder was born, and we also ventured across to the Peabody Leatherworkers museum, which gave an insight into what life was like for the Peabody family during this period.
Next up was a tour of the Peabody Institute Library, where we saw the famous portrait of Queen Victoria (pictured below), gifted to George Peabody as a token of appreciation for his donation which helped set up the Peabody Trust.
We then made our way to City Hall, where Mayor Ted Bettencourt greeted us with the offer of a free flu jab, and what was possibly the largest subway sandwich (pictured below) in the entire country!
The young residents had an opportunity to ask the Mayor about his role (pictured below), the town's plans for Halloween and also to offer some insight into life as a Peabody resident in the UK.
We rounded off the day with visits to the picturesque seaside towns of Gloucester and Rockport.
The visit has also attracted American media interest: London students learn about George Peabody