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.
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.
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.
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