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"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us....Therefore, let us choose life, that we and our seed may live, by obeying [God's} voice and cleaving to Him, for He is our life and our prosperity." 


-John Winthrop, 1630

It is fitting that the name "Winthrop" means "friend village" in Old English. John Winthrop and his Puritan followers set out to build a new type of society in the wilderness of America that would be an example to all, a City on a Hill based on friendship, freedom, and piety. 


We have lost sight of this original ambition even if its strong sense of exceptionalism remains central to American identity. Here at Winthrop House, we have taken it upon ourselves to recapture the values and ideals that built America in order to rebuild it in a time of decline. Like John Winthrop, we believe that we must be the change we want to see, and that we must hold ourselves to a high standard if we hope to inspire others to join us in the pursuit of that vision. 




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