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April 2022

Tour of the Masonic Temple

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Masonic Temple, 1 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is a National Historic Landmark and Headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. This architectural marvel will be the subject of a special Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) tour on Friday April 1st at One North Broad Street across from City Hall. The tour is scheduled to begin promptly at 2 pm lasting up to 2 hours. It is limited to 20 people and is offered for a suggested donation to the Temple of…

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Tour of Athenaeum & Talk with Author Jim Murphy

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Those who are interested in food, drink, and pre-meeting social time can meet at 5:30 at Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut St.  The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday April 13 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street. The meeting will include a tour of this historic site, a short talk by Jim Murphy on his book, Real Philly History, Real Fast,…

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Book Club: ‘Revolutionary’ by Alex Myers

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Check out the fascinating discussion of Deborah Samson's life with author Alex Myers from March 16! (Will be taken down after the meeting on April 19 so watch it soon). It really complements the reading of the book. The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its next book club meeting on Tuesday April 19 at 7 pm, on Zoom. The book will be Revolutionary by Alex Myers (himself transgender and a descendant of Deborah Samson). Anyone with an interest in…

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Tour Philadelphia Magic Gardens

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Tour the Philadelphia Magic Gardens on Thursday April 21st at 11:00 am located at 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is an immersive mixed media art environment that is completely covered with mosaics. The creator, Isaiah Zagar, used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. The space is made up of two indoor galleries and a bi-level outdoor sculpture garden. To reserve a spot for this complimentary…

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Certification Exam

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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The APT Certification written exam, based mainly on information in the Association of Philadelphia 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. It will be held on Saturday, April 30, 9 am, at Philly's Gourmet Steaks. Please email the APT President at if you are interested in taking…

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May 2022

Independence Historical Trust: 50 Years of Partnership, Philanthropy, & Preservation

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 11. The meeting kicks off at 6 pm with a rare opportunity for a sneak peek inside the First Bank of the United States  (3rd St. between Chestnut and Walnut Streets), led by representatives of the Independence Historical Trust (INHT). At 6:45 pm, the group will move to Philly's Gourmet Steaks (114 Market St.) to begin the formal presentation by INHT at 7 pm. The…

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Tours of Strawberry Mansion & Woodford

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19132 United States
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APT Member Josh Silver is organizing an outing to the house museums known as Strawberry Mansion (where he leads tours as a guide) and Woodford, two of the gems of the "chain" of one-time homes in the jewel of Fairmount Park. It will take place on Friday, May 13, with a tour of "Strawberry" at 10 am (about 45 minutes) and a tour of Woodford beginning 11 am (about one hour). The Strawberry tour will cost $5 per person and the…

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Field Trip to Eastern State Penitentiary

May 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States
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Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 17. Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 to inspire penitence or true regret among prisoners. Today it is known for its notorious prisoners such as Al Capone, haunted history, and architecture. The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides has arranged a complimentary tour on Friday May 20 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. To register please email Annie Leguennec at Directions and Parking

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June 2022

Preservation: Juneteenth, People’s Hall, & How Black People Shape Democracy

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8. The meeting kicks off at 7 pm at Philly's Gourmet Steaks (114 Market St.) with a talk by tonya thames-taylor on the theme of preservation. She'll cover Juneteenth, People's Hall, and how Black people shape democracy. At West Chester University, tonya thames-taylor is an Associate Professor of History (American), founding director of the African American Studies Program, and member of the Executive Committee of…

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Tour of Bellaire Mansion at FDR Park

June 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bellaire Mansion at FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145 United States
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Join APT member Carris Kocher for a unique tour of the Bellaire Mansion at FDR Park (1500 Pattison Ave.) on Tuesday, June 14, 1-3 pm. This picturesque, early 18th century house is among Philadelphia's oldest. Currently closed to the public, Bellaire Manor will open its doors for APT members for thirty minute guided tours with up to ten guests for each tour, beginning at 1 pm with the last tour starting at 2:30 pm. This complimentary tour is being offered during…

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Book Club for June

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The last few years he rapped his way through history. Today, oy vey, he's a Jew? Well, sort of. That's the case presented in The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton by Andrew Porwancher (Winner of the 2021 Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award). Besides the Jewish connection angle, there are plenty of other interesting facts discussed in this very readable portrait of Hamilton. Join APT member Lois Linden for APT's next bookclub meeting on Tuesday, June…

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The Black Journey: African-American History Walking Tour

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market St., 1 N. Independence Mall W.
Philadelphia, 19106
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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is offering a discounted tour The Black Journey: African-American History Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 29, 10-11:30 am (approximately) with Mijuel Johnson. Learn about the history of colonial Black Philadelphia while soaking in the fullest array of our nation's most important and historical monuments and sights. Take a journey to Congo Square, visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was…

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