I will post links that are relevant to the text of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, as well as, links that are relevant to our discussion.
Here are a few places that I found helpful to introducing yourself to 1 and 2 Thessalonians:
http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/5201.htm -Provides a solid introduction to the cast of Paul's missionary team in Thessalonica.
http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/pauls-secd-journey-map.html - This is a nice map of Paul's second missionary journey. Here you can follow his route to and from Thessalonica.
http://www.bibleplaces.com/thessalonica.htm -Archaeology is not my forte, but it's fun to look at pictures! This shows some of the remains of Thessalonica under modern day Thessaloniki in Greece.
Feel free to post any question or thoughts that you would like to share!