May 9: The Collings Foundation’s Three A’s: Automobiles, Aircraft, and Armor

Here at the Collings Foundation, we have three collections available for this guided tour on Saturday, May 9. We have our Car Barn with antique automobiles, the Aircraft Hanger with vintage aircraft, and the newest collection on display at the American Heritage Museum (AHM).  At the AHM, we have one of the largest privately-held collections[…]

April 18: New England Historic Genealogical Society

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization. Established in 1845, they are the nation’s leading resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. They provide expert family history services through knowledgeable staff, original scholarship, a data-rich website, educational opportunities, and an[…]

March 7: The Golden Ball Tavern Museum and the Unique Dilemma of Loyalist Isaac Jones

The Golden Ball Tavern Museum tells the story of a loyalist family (the Jones family) living through Revolutionary times.  Tour this historic house and learn about the events and documents that influenced Isaac’s position and how his actions impacted the Revolutionary story.  You will see archival documents that are not currently on display and, compared to[…]

October 5: The Stories Maps Tell at Leventhal Map & Education Center

Maps come in many shapes and forms.  Come to the Leventhal Map Center for a special collections viewing straight from our vault! The LMEC’s collection includes everything from an 18th-century map of Boston on a powder horn to fanciful pictorial maps from the 20th century. Come experience some of the more unusual and delightful ways map[…]

August 10: Behind the Scenes at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation and the Ether Dome

 The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation presents the 200-year evolution of health care and medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Ether Dome at MGH is the historic surgical amphitheater where surgical anesthesia was first successfully, publicly demonstrated in 1846. The visit will include a guided tour of the Ether Dome,[…]

July 20: Technological Marvels Tour of the Eustis Estate

When the Eustis Estate was built, it was a wonder of the age, with all the latest technological advances. W.E.C. Eustis, the original owner, was an engineer and kept up with the changing technologies of the time to keep the house current. This specialty tour will look at the latest advancements of the day and[…]

June 8: Discover General Washington’s Cambridge Headquarters at the Longfellow House

George Washington arrived in Cambridge at the beginning of July 1775. Two weeks later, he moved his headquarters to the abandoned mansion of John Vassall, along the road to Watertown. Slightly less than nine months later, the Commander-in-Chief would depart a changed man. During this period, Washington experienced things that profoundly shaped his development as[…]

May 4: Director’s Tour of the Gropius House

We will be visiting the former Lincoln home of Walter Gropius (1883-1969), the founder of the school of design known as the Bauhaus in Germany. The Bauhaus embraced new materials, new technology, and sought to create a new aesthetic, unencumbered by historical tradition. Students were taught that beauty was to be found in the economy[…]

April 6: Walking Tour of Boston Common with Bob Allison

Updated at 10:30 pm on April 5: Yes, we’re “on.” See you Saturday morning at the Boston Common Visitors Center located on Tremont Street across from West Street. Address: 139 Tremont Street. — Jennifer . . . Join Suffolk University History Professor Bob Allison on a tour of Boston Common & Public Garden–America’s oldest urban[…]

February 23: Private Tour of the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum

The Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum founder, James McGough, and Geri Tremblay, President of the Board of Directors and Trustee of the Museum, look forward to presenting Cyrus Dallin: Sculptor, painter, and citizen.  While you might not recognize the name, you surely know his work, which includes the Revere Statue near the Old North Church, and[…]

January 26: PEM behind the scenes and a curator’s tour of “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”

Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang, the Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art and the curator of the Peabody-Essex Museum’s special exhibit, “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City,” will give us a tour and describe what went into putting together this exhibition, including the years-long planning, and provide a look behind the scenes at the[…]

November 3: The Nichols House Museum Up Close on a Private Tour with the Curator

The Nichols House Museum occupies an impressive four-story town house constructed in 1804 by famed Boston architect Charles Bulfinch. In 1885, the house became home to Dr. Arthur Nichols and was later inherited by his eldest daughter, Rose Standish Nichols, the noted landscape architect, writer and suffragist. Rose Nichols cared for the house until her[…]

Pilgrim Hall Museum

October 20: Behind the Scenes at the Pilgrim Hall Museum and the 17th Century Archives at the Registry of Deeds

Updated October 1: Just received this note from Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400: “After the registry visit I can take people on a tour of the monuments and we can have the “Rock Talk” that DCR does at Plymouth Rock. It’s only 10 minutes and has a great deal of information that isn’t known[…]

Old Ship Church in Hingham

September 15:  A Visit to Historic Hingham Square

We will take a private tour of three historic buildings Hingham Square. They’re all within walking distance, and weather and time permitting, we’ll see a number of others as we make our way through Hingham’s downtown. The Old Ordinary Since 1688, the Old Ordinary has been an inn, a tavern, a private home, and—since 1921—a[…]

June 2: Private Tour of the King Caesar House and the Bradford House in Duxbury

A private tour of the King Caesar House and the Bradford House with Erin McGough, Executive Director and Historian/Archivist, Carolyn Ravenscroft of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. We will tour the houses below, learn about the history of Duxbury and its role in global shipping and trade, and see some archival items and collections objects that[…]

Lemuel Clap House

May 19: Dorchester Historical Society Private Tour

Updated April 6: The initial 20 spots went quickly, so we’re adding another 20 and will split the groups. Thanks to Earl for being especially accommodating. We’ll enjoy a private tour of the Society’s five buildings, which are on two campuses, separated by about five blocks distance.  This should be a real treat.   735 Columbia Road[…]

April 7: Behind the Scenes at the Abigail Adams Birthplace

Our structural tour of the Abigail Adams Birthplace is be a behind-the-scenes look at the ca. 1685 building’s construction, and will include the second floor and basement, which isn’t usually included on tours. The building was home to Abigail for the first 20 years of her life and has been relocated twice. The tour will[…]

February 10: Buckman Tavern and a Tour of the Lexington Historical Society’s Collection

Our tour will be led by Erica Dumont, Lexington Historical Society Executive Director, and Stacey Fraser, Collections Manager.  Stacey will discuss a some of the fascinating objects in the Society’s collection, such as the William Diamond drum, which called the militia into formation on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775. Stacey and Erica will also take our[…]

January 27: Ayer Mansion Tour and Wine and Cheese Reception

Updated December 21: All the spots have been taken. A private tour of Boston’s Ayer Mansion with the preservation expert leading their current effort, and a wine and cheese reception. Here’s how the organization describes the mansion: “[A] rare surviving example of the residential work of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. . . . The Ayer Mansion[…]

December 2: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

December 1 update: We have one spot available. It’s as a result of a cancellation. If you’re interested, contact me; you can work out payment with the person who cancelled later. (Ignore the “sold out” message below. When this spot is taken, I’ll update this page.) Take a private tour of the spectacular Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum before[…]

November 11: The Edmund Fowle House

Thanks to Marilynne Roach and the folks at the Watertown Historical Society, we have an opportunity to take a private tour of the Edmund Fowle House. The Fowle House was the headquarters of the executive branch of the Massachusetts legislature for a year and a half at the beginning of the Revolution when Watertown was the de facto[…]

Our “Behind the Scenes” Outings Planned for 2018

Nearly every month we head to a historic site for a one-of-a-kind experience designed for people who love history.  Our goal is to raise awareness of little-known institutions and their collections and to gain new insights into established institutions. The outings help both the individuals and the institutions. Notices go to the History Camp Boston[…]