Update: Event photos Founded in 1716, Boston Light is America’s oldest light station and today the last manned lighthouse in the Coast Guard system. Over the years, the lighthouse was celebrated in a poem by young Ben Franklin, thrice burned by Patriot forces, then blown up by the retreating British. Since being rebuilt in[…]
Update: Event photos Updated May 9: Sold out. Join us on May 22 for a behind the scenes tour of the Waterworks Museum, hosted by the Director of Operations Eric Peterson. History enthusiasts, steam geeks, and architecture buffs will gain a unique perspective on the buildings, collections, and neighborhood that make up the Metropolitan[…]
The Commonwealth Museum is the public face of our state archives. On this tour, museum director Stephen Kenney will introduce us to the museum’s permanent collection, which traces the development of rights through a series of period galleries. The museum’s permanent collection includes treasures such as the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Colony charter, the 1691 Province of Massachusetts charter ,[…]
Updated Saturday, February 27: We had a great tour today. Pictures below. Private “behind-the-scenes” servants tour of the Gibson House. Thanks to Michelle Coughlin for helping arrange this. From Michelle: The Gibson House Museum is treasured for the story it tells about upper-middle-class life in Boston during the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Its elegant wallpapers, imported[…]
Thanks to Marianna for the great event last month, and to Jake and Nicole for helping line up events for the rest of the year. Here’s where we stand (with updates as of March 22): January – Marianna – Private tour of political poster and memorabilia collection (pictures) February – Lee – Gibson House – February[…]
Updated January 27: We had a great evening, thanks to Scott and to his colleagues. Photos from the evening are below. With objects dating to 1844, Scott Ferson has the largest collection of displayed American political posters outside the Smithsonian, and he also has an extensive collection of Ted Kennedy memorabilia. (Scott worked as[…]
In the spring of 2015 we started monthly outings that gave people signed up for the History Camp Boston mailing list unique opportunities to learn more about history. As you can see from the list of events for 2015 (below), there is a wide variety, and they all have one thing in common: These tours or[…]
Update: Photos (Many more pictures available from Lee and Jake) The Museum of World War II is not a museum in the traditional sense. Most of the items are not behind cases and they don’t have many traditional displays, at least not yet. In fact, it has only been open to all but a small[…]
Gore Place is the 1806 country estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore. Sometimes called “The Monticello of the North,” Gore Place is one of the most significant Federal Period mansions in New England. Gore Place has offered us a tour of the recently relocated and restored 1793 Carriage House while talking about adapting historic buildings for modern use. This would be followed by a tour of their next big project, the restoration of missing staircases and other elements in the kitchen and laundry areas, which would include a visit to a portion of the cellar which is not usually open to the public. Finally, they would take us on a quick walk through of the living quarters that are part of the usual house tour.
In September 1774, British royal rule broke down in Massachusetts. Thousands of rural militiamen crowded into Cambridge, demanding the resignation of Crown appointees. Within days the upper-class community of “Tory Row”—seven families bound together by marriage, religion, and wealth—fled to safer places, leaving their handsome mansions behind. This tour stops at each of those houses as J. L. Bell narrates the story of the “Powder Alarm” and the revolution in government that occurred eight months before the Revolutionary War.
Liz Covart, one of the core group who helped get History Camp going, wrote the brief for the walk and will lead one of the groups. I understand that Liz’s group may already be filled, or close. If that’s the case, and if you’d like to see if we can end up in one group, add “History[…]
Patti Violette, Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House Association and one of the participants in History Camp Boston this year, is extending a special invitation for a private tour of the L’Hermione and a reception and lecture on July 11. The private tour and reception are $25, and space is very limited. If you’re interested, contact Patti now since there aren’t many spots left.
Rose Doherty, President of the Partnership of the Historic Bostons, is giving a special tour this coming Saturday morning, June 27, from 10 am – noon for History Camp alums and others who have a deep interest in history. We’ll visit the Founders Memorial, the sites of the Great Spring and the First Meeting House, Province House Steps, and more. The tour is free; the Partnership asks for a $5 donation.
On Saturday, May 9, Journal of the American Revolution editors and friends are planning a free group tour and discussion of the new Revolutionary War map exhibit at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in the main Boston Public Library. The exhibit, entitled We are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence, is a “stunning exhibition of cartographic and geographic treasures.”