Tours

Boston and New England are unrivaled in their history. Their many landmarks and stories will come to life on a custom tour. Plan to arrive early or take a short break from the conference to experience these wonderful opportunities.

America's Founding in America's Hometown

Thursday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 23, 8:30AM-4:15PM
Fee: $69
Plimouth Plantation offers educators the opportunity to explore the powerful stories of two distinctly different cultures, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. Engaging with staff will provide the tools to help teachers to develop student skills that are necessary in a globalized, creative, and flexible 21st century economy. The tour includes round-trip transportation to Plymouth, Massachusetts; admission to Plimouth Plantation's immersive history sites, the Wampanoag Homesite (guided tour) and 17th Century English Village; Taste of Two Cultures lunch; panel discussion (Wampanoag Culture Then and Now, NAMI Project, Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project, Wampanoag Perspective of the Thanksgiving Story) with management staff from the Wampanoag Indigenous Program; guided tour of America's Hometown, including a visit to historic Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock. Have an enjoyable and informative day while you learn about primary source as object, document and landscape as it relates to America's founding story.

Lowell, Massachusetts

Thursday, Nov. 20, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Fee: $45
Explore Lowell, a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution. Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation into an uncertain new industrial era. Nearly 200 years later, the changes that began there still reverberate in our shifting global economy. Your day at Lowell National Historical Park starts at Market Mills, the former Lowell Manufacturing Company mill complex, which houses the National Park Visitor Center. You’ll also visit the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, with its operating power looms, and the Suffolk Mills Turbine Exhibit, telling the story of how water provided power for the mills, and serving as a reminder of Lowell’s once-great cotton textile industry. A hands-on waterpower workshop at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in the Boott Mills pulls the Lowell story together in an experiential way.

Historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Thursday, Nov. 20, 8:30AM-5:30PM
Fee: $25
Experience nearly 400 years of history in lovely Portsmouth, where New Hampshire was born in 1623. The hub of the New Hampshire seacoast, Portsmouth’s downtown streets are reminiscent of a small English market village. Your tour features a history lesson from local historian J. Dennis Robinson; an entertaining walking tour led by George Hosker-Bouley, including visits to the new African burying ground memorial park and the oldest cemetery in Portsmouth; and a guided tour of the Strawbery Banke, an outdoor museum tracing 375 years of history in one of America’s oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods. The tour ends with a bus tour of Fort William & Mary, the historic Wentworth Hotel, and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, home of New Hampshire's royal governor until the American Revolution.

This tour is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies.


Boston's Revolutionary Heritage: A Freedom Trail Walk

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1:00-5:00PM
Fee: $10
Enjoy an encounter with Boston’s Revolutionary heritage through site visits and interactive experiences along the Freedom Trail. At Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and Paul Revere House, participants will discover resources available for student field trips and classroom lessons. By contextualizing iconic events and focusing on political caucuses, they will be able to present Revolutionary Boston as a vivid and accessible example of collaborative civic action.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.


Boston's Black Heritage Trail Walking Tour

Thursday, Nov. 20 2:00-3:30PM and Saturday, Nov. 22, 12:00-1:30PM
Fee: $15
Join a National Park Service Ranger on a walking tour through Beacon Hill that explores the unique history of the free black community in antebellum Boston and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the early struggles for equal rights and education. The tour begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street, and concludes at the Museum of African American History's African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Joy Street.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.

For more information, go to www.afroammuseum.org/trail.htm


Fenway Park Tour

Thursday, November 20, 2:30-3:30PM
Fee: $20
Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912. "America's Most Beloved Ballpark," uniquely nestled in the city of Boston, is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of such Red Sox legends as Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky's Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster, which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking left field. Experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling one-hour walking tour of the park. All fans are welcome at Fenway Park, home of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Friday, November 21, 11:30AM-3:30PM
Fee: $45
Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in our striking I.M. Pei building set in ten-acre park on Boston's waterfront. Take a guided tour of the Museum galleries with education staff and discover the Kennedy presidency through period settings, museum artifacts and 25 multimedia exhibits. In a "you are there" experience, explore the 1960 presidential campaign, the president's inauguration, and years in the oval office as well as Jacqueline Kennedy's role as first lady. The Museum curator will provide an introduction to the To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit featuring secretly recorded tapes from EXCOM meetings and an exchange to correspondence between Kennedy and Khrushchev. Tour this special exhibit on your own. A packet on Library resources for educators and a bag lunch will also be included in your visit.

Transportation for this tour will be by bus.


Freedom Trail Tour: Meetings, Mobs and Martyrs

Friday, November 21, 2:00-4:00PM
Fee: SOLD OUT
By imposing taxes and oppressive policies on the American colonies, the British Parliament threatened their traditions of self-government and Bostonians defied them. Join a National Park Service Ranger for this walking tour focusing on Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site and Old South Meeting House. Along the Freedom Trail, discover how Bostonians resisted these repressive strategies.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.


Freedom Trail Tour: From Allegiance to Revolution

Saturday, November 22, 2:00-4:00PM
Fee: SOLD OUT
Dumping 46 tons of privately owned tea into Boston Harbor set in motion a series of events that would lead to Great Britain's loss of her American colonies. Join a National Park Service Ranger for this walking tour focusing on Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church. Along the Freedom Trail, meet the people who shifted the conversation from allegiance to revolution.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.


The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Thursday, Nov. 20, Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, 2:20-4:00PM
Fee: $4

Experience one of Boston’s hidden treasures and delve into the extraordinary life of one of the most interesting women in American history. The Mary Baker Eddy Library tour includes a trip through the world-famous Mapparium, a three-story, stained glass globe of the world of 1935, enhanced by an orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

The tour will also include visits to the Quest Gallery—providing a glimpse of the medical, cultural, and religious history of mid-nineteenth-century America through photographs, documents and images—and the Hall of Ideas—a cast glass and bronze sculpture acting as a fountain of constantly changing quotation from some of history’s most influential thinkers.

The library is a short walk from the Hynes Convention Center.


Historic Pub Crawl

Thursday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 22, 6:30-8:00PM or later
Fee: $50. Includes beer samples at four pub and light fare dining.
Warm the cockles of your heart and your taste buds, too, when you join the Freedom Trail Foundation's Historic Pub Crawl. Hear the tales of Boston's treasonous events hatched in four of Boston's historic pubs--Union Oyster House, the Point, the Green Dragon, and Bell in Hand. Led by an 18th century costumed guide, this tour will stroll to the pubs and sample a variety of Samuel Adams beers. Make a meal of the light fare included in the tour.

Transportation for this tour will be by subway. A round-trip pass is included in the cost of the tour.


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