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Press Release: History Professor in History Channel Documentary


History Professor in History Channel Documentary

Len Travers, associate professor of history at UMass Dartmouth, shares his expert commentary in History Channel documentary about the pilgrims. The three-hour special premiers Sunday, November 19.

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  November 18, 2006
Department:   History
Len Travers, associate professor of history at UMass Dartmouth, shares his expert commentary in History Channel documentary about the pilgrims. The three-hour special premiers Sunday, November 19.

In Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower, Travers helps to shed light on the rebellious pilgrims' trans-oceanic odyssey and their subsequent founding of Plimoth Colony. The program was shot on location at Plimoth Plantation, as well as in England, Belgium, Maryland, and Virginia, and includes re-enactments by actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Travers graduated magna cum laude from UMass Dartmouth in 1980, and went on to earn his master's and doctorate degrees from Boston University.

He recently edited a two volume collection of scholarly essays that explore the history and evolution of American holidays. In the two-volume Encyclopedia of American Holidays and National Days, which was released in January and April 2006, scholars trace the origins and evolutions of the full range of American holidays, from Christmas to Super Bowl Sunday. Library Journal described the book as "Diligently researched and fun to browse, this work is an outstanding ready reference source for public and academic libraries. Highly recommended."

Travers is currently co-editing The Correspondence of Rev. John Cotton, Jr. (1640-1699), a forthcoming volume in the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Publications Series. He is also working on "the Journal of Abner Barrows, 1756-1758," a bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum; and studying the letters of Jean-Paul Mascarene, who was governor of Nova Scotia from 1740-1749. That project's research takes him to archived collections in Boston, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Ottawa.
 

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