History Camp 2015 is at the Harriet Tubman House at 566 Columbus in Boston at the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues, a 5 minute walk from the Mass. Avenue T stop on the Orange Line and a 10 minute walk from a large covered parking garage at 10 Gainsborough.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. and we’ll start  the ’round room introductions at 9 a.m.  We’ll wrap up the day with another session that brings us all back together and then pack up so that we’re out of the building by 6 p.m.

Thanks to United South End Settlements, owner of the Harriet Tubman House, for their support of History Camp Boston.  The organization has an interesting history.  From their site: “Originally founded as the Andover House in 1891, United South End Settlements (USES) was the first settlement house in Boston and the fourth in the United States.”  The organization continues to serve people in their neighborhood as well as individuals that come from other parts of Boston.

Getting There

Via mass transit: Take the T to the Mass Ave. stop on the Orange Line and then walk about a block. See the map above and the MBTA’s interactive system map. Also, check for service changes, which can add travel time. One attendee just alerted us to the fact that on that Saturday there will be buses running between Alewife and Harvard Square on the Red Line.

By car: Street parking in the neighborhood is very limited.  See below for recommended garages.  (You might try SpotHero to see if you can save a little money on parking.) One alternative is to park at an outlying station and take the T in. When planning your trip, check for service changes that can affect your travel time on the T.

Gainsborough Garage is the easiest location, a large covered parking garage that is less than a 10 minute walk from the Harriet Tubman House.  When leaving the garage, turn right and follow a flight of stairs that takes you to a walkway over the railroad tracks.  It’s roughly two long blocks.  (See the map below.)  The garage is open 24 hours a day and is well-lighted and staffed.  It’s also expensive for those of us who don’t regularly park in Boston (view their rates), but they advertise a $25 early bird special if you’re in by 8am and out by 6pm.

Stanhope Garage Northampton Street is a few blocks away, just off Harrison Ave. This garage quoted us a weekend rate of $17, but doesn’t publish their rates online.  To get back to the Harriet Tubman House, walk one block out Harrison to Massachusetts Ave, then walk five long blocks north, or hop on the MBTA’s #1 bus.

Renaissance Garage is on the campus of Northeastern University a few blocks away on Columbus Ave.  Their parking rates are the same as Gainsborough, but they have a weekend special of $8 daily parking for university guests.  To get back to Harriet Tubman House, walk about ten minutes down Columbus or hop on the Orange Line at the adjacent Ruggles station and take it one stop inbound to Massachusetts Avenue.

Some help finding Harriet Tubman House

What to wear or bring

  • A print out of your registration (or the Eventbrite attendee app on your smartphone)
  • Enthusiasm!
  • Reenactor?  Come as you are!
  • Optional
    • Your laptop or tablet–We’ll have wi-fi access
    • Something to use to take notes
    • Your preferred badge holder–We’ve purchased pin-type badge holders.  If you’d prefer one with a clip, bring one you received at a previous conference and we’ll give you the paper insert with your History Camp information.