Thursday, February 09, 2006

For the history buff (and what genealogist isn’t interested in history?)

This is another blog installment from frequent Boston visitor, Kay Freilich. Her first installment is found in the December Archives on December 5th. Today Kay tells us about some of the historic thing to do while in Boston. You will get a chance to hear Kay at the conference where she will be one of the speakers.

Walk the Freedom Trail, a red brick path winding three miles through the oldest parts of the city past some of the most historic sites...

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You’ll immediately recognize the names from your history classes, but here’s a chance to see them in person. In the downtown area, the trail goes past Boston Common which began as a military training ground and common pasture land, Fanueil Hall where Samuel Adams urged Boston residents to unite against the British in 1772, the Granary Burying Ground where Mother Goose is buried alongside of several patriots, and Old North Church where Paul Revere hung two lanterns because the British were approaching by sea. A good starting point is the Visitor’s Information Center on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common.

Located in nearby Charlestown, but still along the Freedom Trail, are the Bunker Hill Monument that marks the 1775 battle of the same name and the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” Most of the attractions along the Trail have tours or exhibits or both. The entire Trail is a National Park site.

Cross the Charles River and visit Cambridge. The Red Line’s ["T" or subway] stop at Harvard Square is in the heart of Cambridge. Take a stroll around Harvard Yard, and then visit one or more of the libraries or museums at the nation’s oldest university. Browse at the Harvard Coop. Founded more than a century ago by Harvard students, it is still the place for books reference materials, and Harvard and MIT merchandise.

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