Architecture Tours

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Renzo-Piano-Gardner-Museum-WingFrom the oldest wood-frame building in the United States built in 1636 to the newest local structures, we have buildings spanning 5 centuries to show you. We can take you for a tour of Gropius House, where Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus School of Architecture) lived during the last 30 years of his life after fleeing Nazi Germany. We also have buildings by Renzo Piano, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, LeCorbusier, Frank Gehry, and more. Read more...

New England Literary Tours

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The Old ManseSee sites related to some of the following authors – Ann Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Phyllis Wheatley, Thornton Wilder, Margaret Sydney, Robert Frost, James Russell Lowell, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, E.E. Cummings, Saul Bellow, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read more...

Civil War Boston

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charlestown-navy-yardSee sites related to the American Civil War, such as the bookstore where Harriet Beecher Stowes’ incendiary book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published; sites where Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Charles Sumner, Jeff Davis, and John Wilkes Booth stayed in Boston; visit the Navy Yard where the USS Merrimac was launched (re: Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac), and see the elegant statue in honor of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment made famous by the film “Glory” (1989), starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman; and see Underground Railroad stops and the only existing slave quarters north of the Mason-Dixon Line (Massachusetts didn’t abolish slavery until 1783, and John Hancock was a slave-owner). Read more...

Industrial Revolution Tours

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Lowell-canalThe American Industrial Revolution began in Lowell, Massachusetts (settled in 1646).  By the 1820s, Lowell was the largest industrial complex in America.  Come with us to tour the old mills, see the canals built starting in 1792 – which were dug to get the products to market in Boston 26 miles away, see the old Boott Cotton Mills and mills where parachutes were made during World War II, take the “Mill Girl” Experience tour – learn why more than half of these young girls lost their hearing within a few years of working in dangerous and very loud factories, hear about the “Guns and Roses Strike” and the advent of the American Labor Movement and see where unions took root – teachers take note – we can plan a full day to include very interesting, nearby, and related side trips. Read more...

Maybe you are a Yankee!

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yankeeDo you think you may be a “Mayflower Descendant”?  Marilyn Monroe and Orson Welles were direct descendants of the Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden.  Even British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was a Mayflower descendant on his mother’s side – she was an American. Read more...