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2022 Boston Cultural Council Grants Announced

Friday, February 11, 2022

Boston By Foot is one of 192 arts and cultural organizations that have been awarded grants as part of this year’s Boston Cultural Council/Reopen Creative Boston funding. The announcement was made on February 9th by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the Mayor’s Office of find out more

Fall 2021 Schedule Features Four New Tours

Friday, August 27, 2021

Boston By Foot is offering four new walking tours this fall: Change and Response: Boston's Architecture, 1837 - 2021 Black Voices: 19th-Century Black Writers on Beacon Hill North End By Little Feet Before Boston: Shawmut Peninsula Through 1630 Please see below for specific find out more

BBF Partners with BPA to Present Three Neighborhood Tours

Friday, August 27, 2021

Boston By Foot has added three neighborhood tours to its Fall 2021 schedule and will present them in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance . The three tours are: Roxbury Highlands East Boston: Maverick Square and Beyond Boston's Chinatown Please find out more

We're Getting Back on Our Feet!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

WE'RE GETTING BACK ON OUR FEET (AND RE-BOARDING THE BOATS)! Boston By Foot is excited to announce that we will be resuming our in-person public walking tours beginning later this spring! Our 2021 season will start over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28 - find out more

Celebrate Patriots’ Day with Us on April 17th!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On the 18th of April 1775, a series of events in and around Boston ignited the American Revolution. It's a story that involves a spy network, a secret alert system, a "minuteman" militia, a tense standoff with the most powerful army in the world, find out more

2020 Trustees’ Matching Challenge

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Boston By Foot Board of Trustees' Matching Challenge has been a big part of the organization's annual fundraising efforts since it began in 2012. Thanks to the generosity of our Board members and volunteer community, the Matching Challenge has been a great success find out more

Meetings & Celebrations

2022 Annual Awards Reception

Thursday, November 17, 2022

On November 17, 2022, dozens of Boston By Foot volunteers made their way to Allsteel headquarters in Downtown Boston for our Annual Awards Reception - our first in-person awards reception since 2019! During this evening of joy and festivities, we celebrated many well-deserving Boston find out more

2020 End-of-Year Celebration

Monday, January 11, 2021

Boston By Foot hosted a virtual 2020 End-of-Year celebration on December 19th. BBF volunteers, staff and board members were in attendance as Foot Pins were awarded, Docent Emeriti were recognized, and retiring committee co-chairs were thanked for their service. BBF Executive Director presented the find out more

2019 Annual Awards Reception

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Just a few short weeks ago, dozens of Boston By Foot volunteers made their way to Education First’s gorgeous headquarters for our annual Awards Reception. During this evening of joy and festivities, we celebrated many well-deserving Boston By Foot volunteers, including those who gave find out more

Date Announced for 2019 Annual Awards Reception

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The annual Boston By Foot Awards Reception will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at EF Headquarters, 2 Education Circle, Cambridge, MA 02141. Boston By Foot is fortunate to have over 200 dedicated volunteers who devote countless find out more

Training Announcements

2021 BBF Training Program For New Guides

Saturday, April 17, 2021

2021 BBF TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NEW GUIDES A year ago, Boston By Foot's annual training for new guides was canceled at the last minute due to the pandemic. This year, BBF is thrilled to offer our first-ever hybrid training program. Training will now include find out more

BPA Advocate Certification Training (ACT)

Friday, April 16, 2021

BPA ADVOCATE CERTIFICATION TRAINING (ACT) The Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) recently offered a special session of their new Advocate Certification Training (ACT) class exclusively for Boston By Foot volunteers. The ACT Class is a four-week class with one class a week. Each class find out more

Boston By Foot Provides Training to UUUM Youth Guides

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Boston By Foot was recently invited to provide training to the youth tour guides of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) in Roxbury. On July 17th, BBF Docent Terri Evans led a session on how to craft an engaging tour, and gave practical tips find out more

Class of 2019 Guides Begins Training Series

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The annual Boston By Foot Spring Series training program began on March 23rd, with 31 guides-in-training arriving at the BBF office ready to begin their journey toward becoming tour guides. The morning kicked off with a welcome address delivered by Executive Director Samantha Nelson find out more

New Guides Complete Spring Training Program

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The GITs then got to hear from Dina Vargo, a seasoned BBF guide who spoke about key architectural styles in Boston and also provided anecdotes regarding her own experience in becoming a guide. Dina highlighted the fact that no matter how much the find out more

Class of 2017 Commencement is Around the Corner

Monday, April 17, 2017

The 41st entering class of Boston By Foot guides is hard at work during the 2017 Spring Series, learning the various styles of architecture, historical events, and general knowledge that make up a BBF tour. From early Colonial to 20th century Boston, the guides find out more

Virtual Archives

More to the Story: A Broader View of Boston History

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

In this virtual series, Boston By Foot has invited colleagues from Boston-area historical institutions to share new research, new exhibitions and new insights to provide us with a deeper understanding of familiar historical sites and stories. find out more

Boston UnCommon

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Stay comfortable in your slippers (or kick off your shoes and relax) while you venture into uncommon spaces, led by a select group of Boston By Foot guides. These experienced volunteers researched and conducted special made-to-order tours that they now have adapted for this find out more

May 2021 Virtual Experiences

Monday, April 19, 2021

Boston By Foot is sponsoring a series of virtual experiences during May. Please see below for specific dates and descriptions. Those interested in attending must register in advance using the links below. Members should use their special access code that can be entered into find out more

Recent Programming Series

Thursday, April 15, 2021

RECENT PROGRAMMING SERIES Boston By Foot has offered dozens of one-time virtual experiences since March of 2020. In addition, BBF has either created or participated in a number of virtual series. In our Personal Journeys series, four BBF guides find out more

April 2021 Virtual Experiences

Monday, March 22, 2021

Boston By Foot is sponsoring a series of virtual experiences during April. Please see below for specific dates and descriptions. Those interested in attending must register in advance using the links below. Members should use their special access code that can be entered into find out more

Saturday Salon: International Influence on Boston Architecture

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Boston By Foot is launching a new virtual series of short, monthly, guide-led "Saturday Salons." This format gives you the chance to dive into a conversation with fellow enthusiasts! The first series is entitled "International Influence on Boston Architecture." Historical context and reference is find out more