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May 2021

“This Used to Be Philadelphia” with author Natalie Pompilio

May 12, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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September 2021

“How the Dead Speak to Us” w Old Pine Conservancy Historian Dan Campbell

September 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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EVENT WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE. IF THE WEATHER IS VERY BAD, WE'LL HOLD THE TALK IN THE CHURCH. PLEASE BRING A MASK. On Wed. September 8, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will kick off its monthly meeting at 7 pm with a talk by Old Pine Conservancy Historian Dan Campbell, "How the Dead Speak to Us." The talk will be at Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. At this point, plans…

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Special Zoom Membership Meeting

September 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on zoom Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 pm for a special membership meeting. We held a brief meeting after the event Sept. 8 at Old Pine, but we know that some people are not comfortable at this time meeting in person due to covid. Discussion will focus on the November training program, revised handbook, certification exam, and other upcoming initiatives. Join us as we reconnect and welcome fall! Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84329255582 Meeting ID: 843 2925 5582 One…

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Tour of the African American Museum in Philadelphia

September 23, 2021 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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All APT members are invited to visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes tour on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10:15 am. The special discount rate is $10/person, paid at the event. Please register by Tuesday, Sept. 21, to reserve your place by emailing Rick Heimann Due to possible covid restrictions, everyone wishing to attend must register in advance. We thank you for your cooperation and hope to see everyone there!

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October 2021

Mural Mile Arts Tour

October 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market St., 1 N. Independence Mall W.
Philadelphia, 19106
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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold a Mural Mile Arts walking tour on Wednesday, October 13. It is organized by APT certified guide Rich DiLullo and certified master guide Josh Silver will join him if the group is large enough. The tour begins at 4 pm at the Arch St. entrance to the Independence Visitor Center and will run for about 2 hours. The tour will end at Uptown Beer Garden at 1500 JFK Blvd. There will…

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October Members’ Meeting on Zoom

October 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Wed. October 20, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold a monthly meeting on zoom at 7 pm. Discussion topics will include the upcoming training program, certification exam, and elections as well as some social time. Please join us! APT meetings are open to aspiring and working tour guides as well as anyone with an interest in Philadelphia-focused history. For the remainder of 2021, meetings are free for anyone and all are welcome! APT has decided to…

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November 2021

APT Tour Guide Training 2021

November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - November 14, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will offer its 2021 tour guide training Nov. 10 to 14. The training opens with a zoom meeting on Nov. 10 covering the business of guiding and tour training techniques. Following that, nine in-person walking tours will be offered Nov. 11-14. The certification exam will take place Dec. 4. Click here for more information.

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December 2021

Certification Exam

December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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, Dec. 4, 10 am, at Philly's Gourmet Steaks. Please email the APT President at if you are interested in taking…

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Elections and Holiday Cheer

December 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Recording of candidate presentations is available on the APT YouTube channel. On Wednesday, December 8, at 7 pm, APT will hold its monthly meeting on zoom. The meeting will open with statements by candidates for APT Board officer and director-at-large positions. The elections process is a little different this year due to covid concerns; more information is here. Following that will be some holiday fun. Members are invited to wear their most festive hats and glasses! APT meetings are open…

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January 2022

Organizational Meeting & Trivia Fun

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

On Wednesday January 12 at 7 pm, APT will hold its first monthly meeting of 2022 on Zoom. The meeting will open with a discussion of the plans and committees for the new year. This is an opportune time for members to get involved and share their opinions/ suggestions/ help. Following that discussion, APT member MJ Baum has offered to host a trivia game she developed a few years back based on Robert K. Wittman's book Priceless: How I Went…

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