This spring, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) presents its eighth annual series on Philadelphia history, culture and architecture, beginning with an intensive weekend on March 3 and 4 at the Hill-Physick House, 321 S. 4th St.  This popular program is designed to prepare tour guides and docents for the profession, but it also attracts many members of the public who are fascinated with this great storied city.  Participants will gain a new appreciation for America's first World Heritage City.
A Guide's View of Philadelphia is the city's only officially recognized training program for "professional and informed" guides (per City Council 2013 Proclamation).  In  February, the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations is holding its biennial conference for the first time in Philadelphia, drawn in part by the reputation of APT's education and certification program - a model for other cities.
The 2018 series features the region's top experts, all fascinating speakers, at the intensive March 3 & 4 weekend:
 David J. Silverman, Prof. of History at George Washington U, specialist in Native American and colonial history
 George Boudreau, Author, "Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia." (best book on 18th c. city)
 Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware, author, "Portrait of a Woman in Silk" - Phila's economic rise in trade
 Prof. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers U, award-winning author and specialist on Hamilton & the New American Republic
PART I: William Penn, the Lenape, and Philadelphia's Rise to the largest and most successful city in the American colonies
Sat, March 3    - Presentations from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Physick House
                                                      - lunch on your own
                                                      - APT-Led Guided Walk in Old City from 2 to 4:30
PART II: The First Great American Capital: the City of Franklin, Washington and Hamilton: 
Sun, March 4   - Presentations from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Physick House
                                                      - lunch on your own
                                                      - APT-Led Guided Walk in Society Hill from 2 to 4:30 
PART III: APT Collaboration with AIA Speaker Series
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides is collaborating this year with the Center for Architecture in offering Part III of the guide training program at their 1218 Arch St. location on a series of Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm:
 March 7:  From Colonial Capital to Athens of America
                      March 14: The Hidden City: Archeology
                      March 21: The Victorian-era City
                      March 28: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the modern city
                      April 4: Contemporary and Future Philadelphia
PART IV: This is the option for those seeking APT Certification:
Saturday Morning, April 7, 9:30 to 11 am, Recap of Workshop & Prep for Test
                     Sunday Morning, April 8, 9:30 to 11 am, Guide Techniques Workshop
                     Wednesday Evening, April 11, 6 pm to 8 pm,  CERTIFICATION TEST
                     Saturday Evening, April 14, 6 pm   APT President's Reception for New Guides
Parts I & II each cost $80.  Members of APT, PhilaLandmarks and AIA pay a reduced fee of $60 per for Parts I & II ($120 for both)
The fee for Part III is $100.  Members of APT and PhilaLandmarks pay a reduced fee of $60.
The total fee for the entire series is $180 for APT members and $260 for non-members.
The workshops for Part IV are included at no added charge for those who have registered and attended Parts I, II and III. There is an additional fee of $35 for members/$50 for non-members for the Certification Exam.
We highly recommend purchasing the APT Tour Guides Handbook as a study guide for those taking the certification test.
Any questions or concerns? Contact APT President Ed Mauger at philaonfoot@gmail.com
Early registration and payment is encouraged. You can register and pay with Paypal or a credit card on the APT Store page here.
You can also register by mail:
Send your name, with address, phone number and e-mail address, with your check to:
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides
The Hill-Physick House
321 So. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
For your convenience, you can download a registration form here.
For more information, contact APT President Ed Mauger at philaonfoot@gmail.com
Thank you!


At Alfred duPont's elegant Nemours mansion in Delaware


See the Certification page for information about the next APT certification exam.