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New Meetup: Freedom Trail Tour w/ National Park Service Rangers

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Sunday, May 24, 2009 12:55 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Freedom Trail Tour w/ National Park Service Rangers

When: June 6,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Care to explore Boston? Let's meet up at 10:30 am inside the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center, 15 State Street, across from the Old State House for this ninety minute tour which starts at 11:00 am. That should be early enough, right?

From the U.S. National Park Service site:

"Free 90 minute walking tour led by National Park Service Rangers along the heart of Boston's Freedom Trail. Discover Boston's role in the American Revolution. For more information call (617) 242-5642. Tours are offered weather permitting. Each tour is limited to 30 people: first come, first served. On day of tour, rangers will distribute free stickers 30 minutes before tour time. Reservations are not accepted. Tours fill up quickly in summer months. Tours start at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109".

... I need to check exactly where this tour ends. It would be great if it stops at the Charlestown Navy Yard, since I was thinking of grabbing lunch there and taking a tour of the USS Cassin Young at 2:00 pm (45 minute tour), followed by a tour of Old Ironsides ( Tours every 30 minutes ending at 3:30 pm ). ... I need to see what I already have planned that day. If I can do it, I'll post a "Charlestown Navy Yard" event so people can pick one event, the other, or both. Where to go grab a bite to eat where people can just drop in? One event can dovetail into the next.

Cost: Free

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be waiting inside the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. He'll be there by 10:15 am, hoping the tour doesn't fill up.

About the Freedom Trail:

"The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond".

According to Wikipedia: "The Freedom Trail was originally conceived in 1958 by local journalist William Schofield who was promoting the idea of linking important local landmarks with a pedestrian trail since 1951".

Mr. Schofield is the author of Freedom by the Bay (Rand McNally, 1974), a preview which can be found on Google Books at .

Richard Berenson, a treasurer of the Freedom Trail Foundation in the prologue: "Bill Schofield, a former editor of the old Boston Herald- Traveler, tied a great idea to a great caption in 1951. That was the year in which he originated the phrase 'The Freedom Trail' to describe and link in sequence sixteen historic sites sacred to our nation's history, all of which were (and are) within easy walking distance of one another in downtown Boston.

"In response at that time, the City of Boston gave him an award of recognition and began erecting identification signs all along the Trail for the guidance of visitors".

: "When John B. Hynes was Mayor of Boston - back in 1951 - I proposed in a newspaper column that the city tie its historic sites togetherin one sight-seeing package.

"Tourists were going berserk in those days, bumbling around and frothing at the mouth because they couldn't find what they were looking for. It was not unusual for a safari trying to track down Faneuil Hall to get lost in the tattoo shops and burlesque dives of old Scollay Square

"The obvious solution was to link the sites in numbered sequence along a clearly marked and charted trail

"t made sense that it followed precisely the routes that hundreds of Boston colonials would have walked in their daily 18th-century activities. For instance, Mrs. Joseph Warren most certainly would have strolled across Boston Common and down past King's Chapel on her way to buy codfish for the General at Faneuil Hall Market ".

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