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New Meetup: Colonial Boston (lecture w/ field trip) @ Boston By Foot Spring Lecture Series

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:46 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Colonial Boston (lecture w/ field trip) @ Boston By Foot Spring Lecture Series

When: April 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Boston by Foot's Spring Lecture & Field Trip Series -- built for Boston By Foot's Guides-in-Training -- has been opened up to the general public. Individual sessions (10:00 am - 3:00 pm) include a lecture, a break for lunch, followed by a tour of the Boston area that was discussed. Auditors and Guides-in-Training attend a lunch discussion group to go over the material covered in the lectures. Guides-in-Training must complete four papers, and auditors may also participate if they wish.

Price: $35.00 / lecture, Auditors (all 5): $150.00, Guides-in-Training ( 5 lectures + Final Footwork): $95.00. "Refunds will be granted until April 9, less the $15 registration fee included in the tuition".

Topic for 4/11/2009: Colonial Boston [masked]):

"The settling of the Shawmut Peninsula by the Puritans and their development of a successful mercantile economy produced a densely populated town of Colonial and Georgian homes, buildings and churches". Field Trip: the Historic Downtown Area. Lecturer: Frederic C. Detwiller, AIA, Preservation Planner, New England Landmarks.

Boston by Foot's Spring Lecture & Field Trip Series:

* 4/11/2009: Colonial Boston
* 4/18/2009: Federal Boston
* 4/25/2009: Victorian Boston
* 5/02/2009: Contemporary Boston
* 5/09/2009: Subterranean Boston
* 5/16/2009: Final Exam (For Guides-in-Training)

Lecture Calendar:

Guides-in-Training must pass a final exam, conduct a practice tour, and lead "a minimum of six 90 minute tours each season". Um, I myself am not sure I want to lead tours, so I am going to be going as an auditor.

Please RSVP MAYBE if you have not submitted money to Boston By Foot.
Please RSVP YES if you have submitted money Boston By Foot.

... This event will turn into an RSVP: YES/ NO event on Friday, April 3rd, 2009.

Feel free to sign up with Boston By Foot for one lecture, or sign up for them all!

How to register: I believe you print out a brochure and mail it in? I couldn't find a way to submit payment online. (I am so spoiled. Oh, no! I might need to buy a stamp! Eeek! ) ... or maybe I could email the information to info @ bostonbyfoot . org? Let me check...

Brochure (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) :

Where to Meet:
T.J. Maher is not sure where to meet. Hrm. Boston By Foot has allowed us to put this on our Nerd Fun calendar, with thirty spots open. I wonder if we can reserve thirty chairs so we can sit near each other?

Directions by MBTA: "Take the Green Line B, C, or D lines to Hynes Convention Center. Exit the station through the Newbury Street exit, and turn right. The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is at the end of the block on the right, at 320 Newbury St". Or just go to Copley, go up Dartmoth, take a left, and walk four blocks up Newbury.

Parking -- from BAC site:

"Parking is available at the Danker and Donohue Garage on Newbury Street just beyond the BAC on the right. Parking is also available at the Pilgrim Parking Garage on Dalton Street".

About the Lecturer: Frederic C. Detwiller (New England Landmarks):

According to his site -- New England Landmarks -- Frederic C. Detwiller studied Architecture at Princeton University, earned an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University School of Architecture, and has received the Charles Bulfinch Award for Restoration and Preservation in 1981. He has published numerous papers such as "Vestiges of Boston?s Church in Brattle Square", "Boston in 1755", and "A New Perspective on Charles Bulfinch. [ Publications: Restoration projects: ]

Recent work appears to be restoring the Captain Benjamin Adams House in Georgetown, Massachusetts, preserving and documenting the Colonel James Barrett Farm in Concord, and preserving the Elizabeth and Gershom Frazee House in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, an 18th century home.

Disclaimer: Nerd Fun isn't affiliated with Boston By Foot... we did inspire their Boston By Foot Meetup Group, though. We just love their walking tours, and we are actively being recruited as guides.

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