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Postcard showing Beacon Hill by the Common
Explore beautiful Beacon Hill and embark on a journey into the world of famous 20th century writers.
Explore beautiful Beacon Hill as your guide takes you on a journey into the world of famous 20th century writers. Learn the fascinating stories of Boston writers, including Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell, who called Beacon Hill home. Discover their colorful lives and personal styles as you explore the neighborhood where they worked. find out more
Cover of Little Women
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - one of the most beloved books of all time — was published more than 150 years ago. The character of Jo March, the book’s heroine, was loosely based on Alcott's own life, growing in 19th century New England. Thanks to the fame of Little Women, today's readers associate Alcott with Concord. In fact, Alcott lived for long periods in Boston. Most readers of the time associated her with the city’s vibrant literary scene. On this tour, you will see Alcott’s Boston homes, walk the streets and hear stories that inspired this beloved author. find out more
view from Pickney Street Boston
Journey to Victorian Boston and see where writers and poets including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau gathered to share new ideas and influence society! Learn how local publishers lured Charles Dickens and other famous writers to Boston. Discover why Edgar Allen Poe rejected Boston as his home. On this fascinating guided tour, walk in the footsteps of literary greats as you stop outside the Old Corner Bookstore, Louisa May Alcott’s home, the famous Athenaeum private library, and more. find out more
Front of the Boston Art Museum
Take note of significant buildings, gardens and pieces of artwork as you stroll the Back Bay Fens.
In the early nineteenth-century, Boston philanthropists designed and funded institutions to create a city of culture and learning through the arts, sciences and education for residents and immigrants. They also supported institutions that delivered medical and dental services for those in need. Today the tradition continues and Back Bay Fens represents all that and more. The Art, Architecture and Gardens walking tour highlights the aforementioned while strolling along the southern Fens, a section of the Emerald Necklace designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted. It includes an introduction to architecturally significant buildings, gardens, and pieces of artwork. Participants learn about the history, stories, architectural details and the significant impact each had on society. find out more
print of Phillis Wheatley writing
In 1776, George Washington wrote from his barracks in Cambridge to a woman of “great poetical talents… favored by the muses,” a twenty-three year old, previously-enslaved poet Phillis Wheatley. But while Wheatley was lauded as a muse of freedom and a voice of uplift in the new republic, we don’t even know her given name: the Phillis was the ship on which she made the middle passage from West Africa to the Americas in chains, 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 in to the world of slavery and unfreedom in Revolutionary Era Boston. What did it mean to be a slave in a city dedicated to the overthrow of tyrants? In a world of slaves and apprentices, masters and kings, what did freedom mean? find out more