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.
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.
Jim O’Connell teaches in the Boston University City Planning-Urban Affairs Program. His courses include The Planning and Development of Metropolitan Boston and Global Cities. Jim has a Ph.D. in Urban History from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Bates College. He has written six books including "The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth" (MIT Press) and "Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History". He formerly was a planner and historian at the National Park Service, working with National Parks in the Northeast on creating engaging visitor experiences. In exploring Boston, Jim likes to focus on all aspects of urbanism, including the evolving cityscape and the new projects that are reshaping it.
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