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    Boston’s Loyalists

    The Boston Massacre occurred exactly 253 years ago, on March 5, 1770. Mark this date by exploring the story of Boston’s role in the lead-up to the American War of Independence from the perspective of those who remained loyal to the British crown. Visit historic Boston landmarks like the Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, Old South Meeting House, and Marshall Street. Get introduced to Boston’s Loyalists including John Singleton Copley, Governor Thomas Hutchinson, the enterprising Elizabeth Murray, and the sharp-witted Rev. Dr. Mather Byles. Perfect for those who want a deep-dive into Boston’s colonial history from a different point of view. Ages 10+
  • Boston by Little Feet

    Travel through 300 years of history on this fun and interactive tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Experience historical sites that played a key role in the American Revolution. See Faneuil Hall, the Old State House and the Old South Meeting House. Hear stories of Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty, Prince Hall as he fought for the end of slavery, and author Mary Abigail Dodge and her famous book written in 1870, A Battle of the Books. We’ll also visit the site of the first public school in America and the oldest burying ground in Boston. All ages. Children under 6 are free. Please note: The tour will cover 1-2 miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Road To Revolution

    Explore the makings of a revolution! From the Boston Massacre to Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the birth of the American Revolution happened right here on Boston’s streets. Hear the extraordinary stories preserved in the meetinghouses, halls, and homes of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Go back in time with this in-depth Freedom Trail tour and visit historic landmarks including King’s Chapel, the Old North Church, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, the Paul Revere House and more. Ideal for history lovers and those interested in our nation’s Revolutionary past.
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    Working Women: Boston Women Find Their Voice

    Just in time for Women’s History Month, explore Boston women’s trade unionism and suffrage movements. Led by proud, defiant women, they were divided along class lines. Suffragists appealed to the legislature to limit the right to vote to native born women. Unions were male dominated until Mary Kenney O’Sullivan founded Boston’s WTUL (Women’s Trade Union League) in 1903. Women’s voices grew from the foundation laid by the Denison House and the WEIU (Women’s Education & Industrial Union). It wasn’t until the early 20th century that Boston’s suffragists and non-native working women realized that to achieve their goals, they would need to unite. Ages 10+
  • Phillis Wheatley: CANCELLED-Freedom & Slavery in Revolutionary Boston

    NOTE: Unfortunately, we've had to cancel this tour as the Boston company is unable to find a guide. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to run the class at another time. Although lauded as a muse of freedom and a voice of uplift, we don’t even know what poet Phillis Wheatley’s given name was. The Phillis was the ship on which she made the middle passage from West Africa to the Americas in chains, and Wheatley was the name of the Boston family who purchased her. In the two dozen years from when she first arrived in Colonial Boston until her death in 1784 Wheatley lived a remarkable life, cycling through states of freedom and unfreedom. She published dozens of poems, toured London, was emancipated, was almost forced into an unwanted marriage, and eventually died in poverty. This tour will use Wheatley’s incredible life as a window into the world of slavery and unfreedom in Revolutionary Era Boston. Ages 10+