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September 2020

“Franklin’s Most Under-Appreciated Invention” with Rick Heimann

September 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  APT Board Secretary Rick Heimann will share what he learned as he dug into "just another one of those details about Franklin that gets more interesting the closer you look at it." Stay on zoom afterwards for some socializing. The lecture will be virtual, on zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85072720193

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October 2020

“Philadelphia: the Nation’s First World Heritage City” with Melissa Stevens

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. October 14, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "What Does it Mean to be the Nation's First World Heritage City?" by Melissa Stevens of the Global Philadelphia Association. Philadelphia joined the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, thereby becoming the first "World Heritage City" in the United States. With…

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November 2020

“Preserving Minerva Parker Nichols, America’s First Solo Female Architect”

November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. November 11, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "Preserving Minerva Parker Nichols, America’s First Solo Female Architect," by Molly Lester, the Associate Director of the Urban Heritage Project at PennPraxis, the nonprofit arm of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at Penn. Although her formal independent practice lasted just 8 years and was concentrated in the Philadelphia area, Minerva Parker Nichols (1862-1949) built…

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December 2020

“Behind the Scenes at Carpenter’s Hall” with Alex Palma

December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of this talk can be found on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel. On Wed. December 9, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "Behind the Scenes at Carpenter's Hall," by Assistant Director there, Alex Palma. Carpenter's Hall hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks…

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January 2021

“Elfreth’s Alley During the Pandemic” with Associate Director Ted Maust

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. January 13, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its first monthly meeting of 2021. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "Elfreth's Alley During the Pandemic," by Associate Director of the Elfreth's Alley Museum, Ted Maust. Join us to learn of the exciting new endeavors at one of historic Philadelphia's most beloved landmarks! In February of 2019,…

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February 2021

“Storytelling from the Archives” by history professor Kenneth Finkel

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. February 10, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a lecture, "Storytelling from the Archives," by Temple University history professor Kenneth Finkel. For nearly a decade, Ken Finkel has been “excavating” and researching images from the city archives and presenting his findings at the PhillyHistory blog. Some were presented in his 2018 book, Insight Philadelphia.…

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March 2021

“Connecting the Threads of Christ Church Philadelphia” by Michael Idriss

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. March 10, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a lecture, "Connecting the Threads of Christ Church Philadelphia," by Educational Consultant Mike Idriss. Michael Idriss has been a tour guide in the Philadelphia market since 2018. He is currently a Visitor Engagement Associate and Educator at the Museum of the American Revolution and Educational Consultant…

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April 2021

Memorial Service for Ed Mauger

April 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Elfreth’s Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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A recording of the memorial service is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel. A memorial service honoring APT founder and first president Ed Mauger is being planned for April 3 at 3 pm on Elfreth's Alley. The service will be outside in the museum garden, and we are hopeful that many guides will be able to attend. However, COVID restrictions will be adhered to, and if our numbers are many, some people may have to remain…

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“Religious Cults in Philadelphia” with author Thom Nickels

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. April 14, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a lecture, "From Mother Divine to the Corner Swami: Religious Cults in Philadelphia," by author of the book by the same name, Thom Nickels. Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia based author/journalist/playwright and a recipient of the 2005 Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism. He's…

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May 2021

“This Used to Be Philadelphia” with author Natalie Pompilio

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. May 12, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a lecture by author Natalie Pompilio discussing her recently published book, "This Used to Be Philadelphia." Natalie Pompilio is a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. A former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, Natalie continues to contribute to those publications as well…

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June 2021

“American Flag: the Power and Passion of the Stars and Stripes” with Carla Bednar

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  On Wed. June 9, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a talk by artist Carla Bednar, "American Flag: the Power and Passion of the Stars and Stripes." Carla Bednar is an artist, designer, arts educator, and world traveler. Her career includes teaching Pre-K through college, curating art in public and private spaces, traveling to experience the…

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July 2021

Dedication of Ed Mauger Memorial Bench

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Elfreth’s Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

In lieu of a speaker at the July monthly meeting, an informal ceremony to dedicate Ed Mauger's memorial bench will be held outdoors at the Elfreth's Alley Museum garden. It will be Wednesday, July 14, at 6 pm. (NOTE: This is earlier than the usual 7 pm start time.) Members are invited to share their stories of Ed and a brief members' meeting will follow. Drinks and snacks will be provided. The APT Board looks forward to seeing everyone in…

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