North End Boston History Tour
America’s Gateway to Europe
Weaving a Historical Tapestry
This walk covers about 1.25 miles overall. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom, and get something to drink if needed.
Jessica is an archaeologist and historian who has also worked as a guide for Context in Rome. Born and raised in the historic North End of Boston, she followed the Bostonian cursus honorem of studies at Boston Latin School and Harvard before becoming a certified teacher and guide. She has collaborated with several local cultural institutions on tours of historic sites, including Historic Neighborhoods and the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage. Deeply knowledgeable about the history of Boston, she possesses a teacher's gift for framing and contextualizing information. She loves exploring her native city in the company of her son.
Christian has been a tour guide in Boston for more than twenty years. Specializing in the early years of the American Revolution, he builds his tour around the words of William Faulkner: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." That is an easy thing to do in a city like Boston, where history comes alive on every corner. He was educated as Boston College, where he studied History and Secondary Education. His work as a high school history teacher has honed his skills at making the stories he tells engaging to even the most distracted listener. Recently he has developed an adult education class that uses a multi-sensory technique to connect the Boston we know today with the historic stories she holds. An avid sailor and runner, Christian lives in Braintree, MA with his wife and 13-year-old daughter.
Ellen grew up in New England and is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. She was a meeting planner then a stay at home mother. With an empty nest, she moved back to Boston to immerse herself in all the city has to offer: the arts, culture and, of course, the history! She is a member of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum and subscribes to four local theater companies. She has been a volunteer, teaching English as a Second Language, for thirty years and a tour guide in Boston since 2015. When she is not busy giving tours of Boston she is walking the beautiful streets of the South End neighborhood where she lives with her black pug.
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