April 22: Tour and Discussion of Royall House and Slave Quarters

In 1739, Isaac Royall, Jr inherited his father’s brick home in Charlestown (now Medford).  Though the house had already been expanded since being built in 1692 on the site of an earlier John Winthrop house, Royall greatly expanded and remodeled it over the years.  Royall was a wealthy slave trader, and he added a large[…]

March 18 – 19: History Camp Weekend

New this year and taking place as part of History Camp Weekend: On Sunday, March 19, special events for History Camp attendees. In addition to the conference on March 18, these additional activities are being programmed by local institutions. Each will have its own ticket, with ticketing and registration handled by each presenting organization. Refer[…]

February 25: Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Russian Icons

Join us at the Museum of Russian Icons, to learn the story of Russia as told through icons and other cultural artifacts Museum Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt, will lead visitors on a guided tour exploring Russian history and culture from early Byzantine influence through the soviet era. Visitors will have the opportunity to view several objects[…]

January 27: Treasures of the Boston City Archives

Update: Photos! Join us at the Boston City Archives, where we will have the opportunity to view a handpicked selection of treasures with Marta Crilly, Archivist for Research and Outreach. Boston City Archives houses more than 35,000 cubic feet of city records, from poll tax records to school newspapers to the city’s legal files.  Their records[…]

Planning monthly outings for 2017

Thanks to the individuals and institutions who have provided unique opportunities every month for our History Camp Boston group.  The events (below) have been very popular, and most are full several weeks in advance.  (If you’re not on the list to receive e-mail notices when registration opens, sign up for the History Camp Boston list.)[…]

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[…]

November 28: Gore Place Estate, a directors’ tour of a Federal Period jewel

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.

October 17: Back Bay Deconstructed, a private walking tour led by Jake Sconyers

With the Freedom Trail as the centerpiece of Boston’s tourism industry, it’s easy to lose sight of another revolutionary period in our city’s history. The mid- to late-nineteenth century was a time of sudden, tumultuous change in Boston. With a wave of new immigrants threatening to upend the existing social order and new technologies enabling construction on a grander scale than ever before, civic leaders set out a bold plan to fill in Boston’s tidal Back Bay and create an elite residential neighborhood.


September 13: End of Tory Row, a private walking tour with J.L. Bell

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.

July 11: L’Hermione, a private ship tour and reception

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.

June 27: Founders Trail Tour, a walking tour with Rose Doherty of the Partnership of the Historic Bostons

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.

May 9: We Are One, an exhibit at Boston Public Library with the Journal of the American Revolution

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.”