After two years, the APT Handbook is finally here! This project was only made possible by the generous contribution of time, energy, research skills and expertise of many members of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, especially President Emeritus Ed Mauger.
This Handbook serves not only as a concise and indispensable "bible" to city tour guides, but as a useful and convenient reference for anyone who loves Philadelphia and its history.
Over 260 pages long, the book is divided into five parts:
I. PEOPLE AND PLACES contains 181 entries documenting the basic facts anyone interested in serving as a city tour guide should have a knowledge and understanding of. Entries are arranged alphabetically and each one is formatted as a series of straightforward bullet points. All give citations and are illustrated. All site descriptions list hours, admission fees, contact information, as well as facilities such as restrooms, food concessions and gift shops. Where possible, the data was reviewed and confirmed by the sites themselves.
II. TIMELINE is a handy chronological listing of key events, dates and population statistics in Philadelphia history.
III. ARCHITECTURAL STYLES is an overview, succinctly explaining what constitutes each style and period, illustrated with Philadelphia building examples.
IV. ARCHITECTURAL GLOSSARY (in the pdf) defines 44 basic architectural terms with illustrations.
V. GUIDING TECHNIQUES contains hints and suggestions to make more effective guides.