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March 2020

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

  A recording of this talk can be found on zoom, password: 6K&?.?+o   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…

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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

  A recording of this talk can be found on the APT YouTube page. 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…

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“Monuments in Public Space: Philadelphia’s Statuary” with Dick Furstein

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of this talk can be found on the APT Facebook page.  On Wed. July 22, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) offers a lecture by director-at-large Dick Furstein, "Monuments in Public Space: A History of Philadelphia’s Statuary." His talk explores monuments in Philadelphia from the pre-European period to the present day. It will focus on how and why specific people and concepts have been immortalized in our public space, and what this moment in time can tell…

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August 2020

“Becoming Philadelphia” with author Inga Saffron

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

On Wed. August 12, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by Inga Saffron, journalist and architecture critic from the Philadelphia Inquirer who will discuss her book, Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made Itself New Again. Once dismissed as a rusting industrial has-been—the “Next Detroit”—Philadelphia has enjoyed an astonishing comeback in the 21st century. Over the past two decades, Inga Saffron has served as…

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“Back to Camac!” with Bob Skiba

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. August 19, APT Vice President Bob Skiba will present a lecture, "Back to Camac!" Camac Street has several nicknames. There’s the familiar "Little Street of Clubs," "Philadelphia's Greenwich Village," "Biggest Little Street in the World," and more recently "Avenue of the Artists." All of them reflect the fascinating and diverse history of this tiny thoroughfare. Bob will touch on stories of artists, writers, photographers, bakers, Quakers, Bohemians, and whores; of key clubs, speakeasies, and wooden paving blocks; of…

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September 2020

“Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage” with Lucy Beard of the Alice Paul Institute

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. September 9, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture by Lucy Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute (API) in Mount Laurel, NJ. She will speak on Alice Paul's life and legacy and women's suffrage. Lucy has been active with API since 1994, first as a volunteer and a board member and from 2000-2007 as API’s Program Director, establishing the interpretive story for…

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