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[…]
Updated March 24: Park on the street or in the lot at 90 Park Avenue and then come to the main library building at 185 Salisbury Street. All bags will need to be checked in lockers. If you have any mobility issues, please send a note to Jim now. The American Antiquarian Society is opening[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.)[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Update: Event photos Updated October 19: This was sold by May, but we had a few cancellations. These spots will go quickly. Check below to see if there are any left. Visit the Old State House (OSH) where exhibition staff will take a deep dive into the major changes that the Bostonian Society is[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Check below for last minute cancellations. This filled up on May 9, but there are usually some cancellations when we are a few days from the event. The number of tickets available, if any, will appear in the ticket order window below. This Independence Day weekend, join us for a private tour of the homes[…]
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.”