Just how big of a History Geek are you?

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, February 13, 2009 12:04 PM
Heh! It looks like all my Saturdays from April 11th to May 9th will be booked up. ;)

Just how big of a History Geek are you? Coming up in April, Boston By Foot is holding their annual Spring Lecture & Field Trip Series held for their Guides in Training, which I found out has been opened up to auditors. I'm not planning on putting the events on the calendar until mid-March, but I wanted to let people know so early because this is a huge investment of time and money if you really wanted to attend. They are held five Saturdays in a row, starting April 11th.

In case you haven't heard of them, Boston By Foot does historical and architecture walking tours all around Boston. We've been invading their events since last June. Usually, we have so many Nerd Fun people going to their tours, they have assigned us our own private tour guide. Heh. The walking tours are supposed to be an hour-and-a-half in length, but when us Nerd Fun members get together, we start peppering the guides with so many questions during the tour, they tend to run a wee bit long.

Veronika McDonald King -- the Program Coordinator for Boston By Foot -- checked with the Director of Boston By Foot and they see no problem with thirty or so Nerd Fun members attending their lecture series as auditors. Yay! More Nerd Fun events!

From what I have heard, it's gonna be like drinking from a firehouse, the level of informational detail is so great.

The 2009 Lecture series has been posted at their site at http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/calendar/lecture-series/ . Lectures are being held Saturdays at 10:00 am, at Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston. From what I can tell, the day starts off with a morning lecture, and ends with an afternoon tour, with an informational lunch in between if you are an auditor. There are five lectures in all, depicting Colonial Boston, Federal Boston, Victorian Boston, Contemporary Boston (1900 - present), Subterranean Boston, and an extra day for guides-in-training for written exams.

Veronika writes of three different ways to attend the lectures:

* Single Ticket Holder: "This person purchases a ticket for one or several lectures at a cost of $35 per lecture. They need to sign up with us in advance (preferably with more than 2 days notice, but we can squeeze anyone in last minute) either by phone or by email. They are entitled to attend the morning lecture, then are welcome to join us for an afternoon tour".

* Auditor: "This person attends all 5 lectures in the series at a cost of $150 for all. They need to sign up with us in advance (preferably with more than 2 days notice, but we can squeeze anyone in last minute) either by phone or by email. They are entitled to attend the morning lecture, the lunch discussion groups with the Guides in Training, and the afternoon tours. They are not entitled to take the exam".

* Guide in Training (GIT): "This person attends all 5 lectures and the final exam at a cost of $95 for all, contingent on them completing the course, requisite 4 papers, and the final exam. They need to sign up with us in advance (preferably with more than 2 days notice, but we can squeeze anyone in last minute) either by phone or by email. They are entitled to attend the morning lecture, the lunch discussion groups, and the afternoon tours". Personally, I think they need to work on that acronym. ;)

... Although you aren't going to get an extra discount on the Auditor's $150.00 for the 5 lecture/ lunch discussion group / tour if you are already purchased an annual Boston By Foot membership, some local libraries may actually have discounts for this lecture series. I am not sure. I need to check on this.

Boston By Foot also just released their 2009 "Special Event" Calendar: http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/calendar/special/

-T.J. Maher, Assistant Organizer, Nerd Fun






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