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 docent 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.
Lauren currently researches and teaches in the Boston area, and has a strong interest in sharing her knowledge of her adopted hometown. She completed her doctorate at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City, writing her dissertation on the architecture and urbanism of banks in early modern Italy. Her enjoyment of architectural history budded after college while working for Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, a Philadelphia based firm.
Meg is an environmental and travel writer. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, as well as WGBH’s Forum site. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine, and the Time Out Boston guide; her book Boston Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park Press, 2010) is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller. A talented public speaker, she gives frequent talks about Massachusetts history and Boston’s greatest unknown parks to audiences around New England. Meg was awarded a certificate in Field Botany by the New England Wild Flower Society and earned degrees from Harvard and Brown University. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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