This spring, The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides presents its seventh annual lecture series on Philadelphia history, culture and architecture over just one intensive weekend: March 25 and 26. The presentations will once again take place in the beautiful Independence Visitor Center’s Liberty View Ballroom.
“A Guide’s View of Philadelphia” runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 2017.
Classroom sessions take place at the beautiful Liberty View Ballroom, on the mezzanine level of the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia.
This popular program features several of the region’s top experts, among them John Gallery, emeritus Director of the Preservation Alliance, Jeffrey Cohen,Senior Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, Alan Greenberger, Visiting Fellow Drexel University, Edward Mauger, Ben Franklin authority, and Joseph Becton, African-American history lecturer. A walking tour led by certified guide Bob Skiba, five time APT president, will enrich the lectures.
Detailed speaker profiles can be found here
Attendance may be limited, advance registration is recommended, and you can choose to take the whole series, or one day. The program is designed to prepare tour guides and site docents for full professional certification.
Costs are $169 for the complete two day program; $100 for one day; APT members, who pay annual dues of $50, pay $145 for the complete program, $85 for one day.
Early registration/payment is encouraged via Eventbrite at this link
Those successfully completing an optional exam will be certified as tour guides by the APT. The exam fee is $35 for APT members, $50 for non-members. The exam will be offered Sunday, March 26 at 5 PM at a location TBA.
Saturday, March 25
9:00 am to 10:30 am William Penn and his New Colony John Gallery
10:45 am to 12:00 pm Ben Franklin's Philadelphia Ed Mauger
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Break for Lunch
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm City of Independence/The Capital George Boudreau
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm Historic Walking Tour Bob Skiba
Sunday, March 26
9:00 am to 10:30 am Workshop of the World Jeff Cohen
10:45 am to 11:45 pm The Parkway/ Early 20th Century Ken Hinde
11:45 pm to 12:45 pm Break for Lunch
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm African Americans in Philadelphia Joe Becton
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm The Modern City Alan Greenberger
At Alfred duPont's elegant Nemours mansion in Delaware
See the Certification page for information about the next APT certification exam.