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February 2020

Girard College Field Trip

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Girard College, 2101 S. College Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States
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APT members are invited to visit Girard College on Monday, February 10, at 10 am. Fee to participate is $5 paid on the day of the event. If interested, contact Rick Heimann to register -- or 215-767-4583.

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“Philadelphia’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History” with Jack McCarthy

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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On Wed. Feb. 12, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by archivist and historian Jack McCarthy, "Philadelphia's Rock 'n' Roll History." The organizational meeting will follow. Jack specializes in three areas of Philadelphia history: music, business and industry, and Northeast Philadelphia. He regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on these subjects. His book In the Cradle of Industry and Liberty: A History of Manufacturing in Philadelphia was published…

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March 2020

“Jewelers’ Row 1795-2020” with Bob Skiba

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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On Wed. March 11, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by APT Vice President Bob Skiba, "Jewelers' Row 1795-2020." Bob Skiba is a founding member of APT, former President, and current Vice President, as well as curator of the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way Center, https://thegayborhoodguru.wordpress.com/about-the-author/. Meetings are open to aspiring and working tour guides as well as anyone with an…

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Lecture Series “Other Stories, Other Voices” — Day 1

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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DUE TO COVID-19, THE LIVE LECTURE SERIES WAS CANCELLED AND OFFERED ON ZOOM INSTEAD, FOR FREE.  -- The zoom recording for Caroline Golab's talk "Immigration in Philadelphia" can be accessed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3vVpMqHi90ZOZKPp61jRHYR8HJnaeaa8hiYdq_FfzUzIUFgZ-hQWZeuedJwyD6wM Password: 0I^q^?2$ -- Unfortunately there were technical difficulties, and Zara Anishanslin's talk "Women in Early Philadelphia" was not recorded. This year APT is departing from its traditional "A Guide's View of Philadelphia," the annual series on Philadelphia history, architecture, and culture. This year's series is "Other Voices, Other…

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Lecture Series “Other Stories, Other Voices” — Day 2

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hill-Physick House, 321 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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DUE TO COVID-19, THE LIVE LECTURE SERIES WAS CANCELLED AND OFFERED BY ZOOM INSTEAD, FOR FREE.  -- The zoom recording of Joe Becton's talk "African Americans in Philadelphia" can be accessed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/zuBJIazKp2dOcpXp9WLPZqdxNIPeaaa80XMe-PpYnUe7FmBLz0OAGmYRkrdz_W-D Password: 1B@whd&6 -- The zoom recording of Bob Skiba's talk "LBGTQ Philadelpia" can be accessed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/68Ysd7r-_Wo3SNGU4wSDC6AtW9S6faqs1yNIqPVYmU3hAHgDOlGuZ7tEMbbSEsufSLoa0ERm21CMLMuk?continueMode=true Password: 8l@P9$mC This year APT is departing from its traditional "A Guide's View of Philadelphia," the annual series on Philadelphia history, architecture, and culture. This year's series is "Other Voices,…

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Masonic Temple Field Trip

March 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Masonic Temple, 1 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID-19 A tour of the Masonic Temple is offered from 1:30-2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24 for APT members. The Masonic Temple staff has graciously offered to do the tour for free. Those attending should let Bob Skiba know by March 22. Everyone will meet at the front desk at 1:15.

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Tour Guide Training Techniques

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID-19 Both tour guide training sessions are from 10 am - 12 pm at Philly's Gourmet Steaks. If you have purchased at least one individual lecture of the "Other Stories, Other Voices" series, you are eligible to attend the tour guide training techniques sessions for free. If not, there is a fee ($25 member, $35 non-member) that covers both sessions (pay for individual lecture of the lecture series in the APT store). Do let Bob Skiba   know…

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WHYY Radio Pledge Drive

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID-19 Last December, APT members arrived at the studios of WHYY to volunteer our time assisting in a pledge drive. The day coincided with a live broadcast of the impeachment hearings, and the fundraising campaign was preempted. The result was that the hoped for attention to our organization did not materialize. We have another chance on Tuesday, March 31. Our shift runs 2-8 pm at the WHYY building, 150 N. 6th Street (between Arch and Race Streets).…

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April 2020

APT Certification Exam

April 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID-19 The APT Certification written exam, based mainly on information in the Tour Guides Handbook, covers the history, people, and places of importance in Philadelphia. It tests knowledge of the basic facts about the city that any guide giving solid, professional tours of both the Historic District and Center City would know. The purpose of the exam is to certify basic competency for anyone wishing to work as a Philadelphia city tour guide. The next exam will…

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June 2020

“Past, Present, and Future of the Boeing Vertical Lift Philadelphia Site”

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

On Wed. June 10, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by Patrick Donnelly, "Past, Present, and Future of the Boeing Vertical Lift Philadelphia Site." His talk includes the history of the Baldwin Company as it starts in Philly and migrates to Eddystone. Following the 45-60 minute lecture will be APT's general meeting and some social zoom time. Patrick Donnelly is the Director of US Military…

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“From Philadelphia to the NJ Pine Barrens: Ironmaster Charles Read” w Judy Smith

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. June 24, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) offers a lecture by its president, Judy Smith, "From Philadelphia to the NJ Pine Barrens: Ironmaster Charles Read." She will chronicle the history of her Medford Lakes neighborhood and its ties to Philadelphia while focusing on Charles Read's quest to become the greatest ironmaster in New Jersey. The talk will be followed by some social zoom time. Judy is an APT-certified tour guide who has been guiding since 2014.…

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July 2020

“The Inequality in Bronze Project” with Dennis Pickeral

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. July 8, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by Dennis Pickeral, executive director at Stenton in Germantown. He will cover the "Inequality in Bronze Project," a project begun in 2018 to create a memorial for a once enslaved woman Dinah who saved the Stenton house from destruction by the British in 1777. More information on the project can be found here: https://www.stenton.org/dinah. The lecture will…

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