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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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September 2021

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

September 8 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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