December 11: A History Camp holiday celebration at the House of the Seven Gables

This December, join your fellow history nerds in Salem, for a seasonal celebration hosted by the House of the Seven Gables and Salem Historical Society. We’ll meet at the House of the Seven Gables, then start with a walking tour of the Derby Street Historic District, led by the Historical Society.  Derby Street is an[…]

November 5: Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, election edition

This election season, we’re going behind the scenes at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation[…]

September 10: Massachusetts Historical Society, a private exhibition tour

Join us for a special tour of the Massachusetts Historical Society and their latest exhibition on September 10. The exhibition, called “Turning Points,”  looks at moments in American history when everything changed or a process was started that changed everything. Fifteen eye witness accounts, personal records, and items that were present at these moments of[…]

August 6: Fort Andrews, a private tour of Boston’s WWI-era harbor defenses

This summer, join us for a historical island getaway.  In the years between the Civil War and the early Cold War, Boston Harbor was ringed with ever more elaborate coastal defenses, the size and complexity of which peaked during World War I.  The chain of forts surrounding Boston Harbor protected not only the city itself, but[…]

June 25: Boston Light, a 300th anniversary lighthouse tour

  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[…]

May 14: Commonwealth Museum, a director’s tour

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 ,[…]

February 27: The Gibson House Museum

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[…]

January 27: Tour of private political memorabilia collection

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[…]