Mary Elizabeth Klechot
Gorham Middle/High School
Going Far “Beyond the Garden Gate” with Alexandra David-Neel and "Tintin"


Using a famous French woman explorer’s adventures and a beloved Belgian cartoon character to enrich American students’ knowledge of their own world and of the global community



I wish to thank Professor Todd T. Lewis of the College of the Holy Cross and Professor Leonard van der Kuijp of Harvard University for their outstanding leadership of this Institute. Words truly are inadequate to express my personal gratitude for their superb scholarship, their generosity in sharing their knowledge, and their true wisdom in the planning of the Institute. I wish to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities for making the Institute possible and in so doing for expressing their very real commitment to excellence in American education. I would like also to express my appreciation to Mrs. Mary Morrisard-Larkin and her fine staff for their expert, generous, and patient help with any and all technology challenges which we faced. Finally I wish to thank Fr. Michael MacFarland, S.J., President and the College of the Holy Cross for their truly warm welcome and embracing of the Institute and for their generosity in sharing their excellent facilities with all of us who attended this Institute.


This site was created by Mary Elizabeth Klechot at the NEH Summer Institute "Cultures and Religions of the Himalayan Region," held at the College of the Holy Cross, Summer 2006