Boston's rich history and culture come alive on these custom tours. Enhance your conference experience by exploring all Boston has to offer.
The following tours are conducted exclusively for NCSS attendees by MAC Meetings & Events.
America's Founding in America's Hometown
Thursday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 23, 8:30AM-4:15PM
Plimouth Plantation invites you to an enjoyable and memorable day as you learn about primary source as object, document and landscape as they relate to America's founding story. Plimouth Plantation brings to life the stories of the Native Wampanoag and the English colonists and their interaction in 17th-century New England. The tour includes round-trip transportation to Plymouth, Massachusetts; admission to two immersive history sites, Plimouth Plantation and historic Mayflower II; Eat Like a Pilgrim lunch; and a sightseeing tour of America's Hometown, including a stop at Plymouth Rock. Knowledgeable Plantation staff will help visitors experience the fascinating stories of two distinctly different cultures first-hand.
African American St. Louis History
Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, 9:30AM-3:30PM
This tour highlights the rich history and culture of African Americans in St. Louis. It begins at historic Laclede's Landing, where early settlers of African descent owned property and where the music that is the soul of St. Louis plays late into the night--ragtime, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. The next stop if the Old Courthouse, site of the first Dred Scott trial. The tour will then visit the modest walkup flat where Scott Joplin and his new bride began their life in St. Louis. It now serves as a small museum highlighting Joplin's life and work. Enjoy lunch on your own at the famous Sweetie Pie's, serving some of the city's best soul food. The final stop is at the Griot Museum of Black World and Culture, depicting the lives of African Americans during and after the Civil War.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:45AM-12:45PM
Fee: SOLD OUT
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia State Historic Site in Illinois, just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. America’s first city and arguably American Indians’ finest achievement is one of only eight cultural World Heritage sites in the United States. Known as “America’s Forgotten City”, Cahokia was one of the greatest cities of the world, larger than London in AD 1250. The city of Cahokia was inhabited for about 700 years and at its peak, almost a millennium ago, up to 20,000 people lived there. Tour the museum, stockade excavations, and woodhenge, and enjoy a climb to the top of Monk’s Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork north of Mexico. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works. Visit the “City of the Sun” where you will experience one of the most complete and fascinating stories of this vanished Native American civilization.
Civil War Missouri
Friday, Nov. 22, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Your tour starts with a visit to the new Missouri Civil War Museum and the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site, recognized as the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River, and one of the most sacred and historically significant Civil War sites in Missouri. From there travel to the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site, White Haven, and then on to Bellefontaine Cemetery, established in 1849, where more than 50 Civil War notables are interred.
Abraham Lincoln's Presidential Library and Museum
Friday, Nov. 22, 8:00AM-6:00PM
Travel to the land of Lincoln--Springfield, Illinois--to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, opened in 2005. Relive the life and times of Lincoln though inspiring exhibits on his life and precious artifacts. The museum is now the most visited presidential library and museum in the U.S. After lunch on your own at the museum, visit Lincoln's Springfield home, restored to its appearance in 1860. The final stop is at Lincoln's tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Historic Ste. Genevieve
Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:15AM-3:15PM
The village of Ste. Genevieve, Located on the west bank of the MIssissippi 60 miles south of St. Louis, provides a glimpse into an historic European town, the oldest permanent settlement in Missouri. Established in 1725, after the French founded New Orleans, Ste. Genevieve still retains many excellent examples of French colonial vertical log homes. A local docent will lead you through four historic homes, the Bolduc House (1792), Bauvais-Amoureux House (1792), Guibourd House (1806), and Felix Valle' State Historic Site (1818). Enjoy lunch on your own and time to shop in this quaint and historic community.
Fabulous Forest Park Shuttle
Saturday, Nov. 23, 1:00-5:00PM
Enjoy four of the most popular attractions in St. Louis via this shuttle that will loop continuously through Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fair. Visits to the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium are all potential stops on this tour. Spend as much time as you would like at any or all of these attractions, all offering free admission.
The following tour can be reserved with your NCSS conference registration
Fenway Park Tour
Thursday, November 20, 2:30-3:30PM
$20. Includes round-trip subway ticket.
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 Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.