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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 the talk can be found on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube page. 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…

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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 Facebook page and 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…

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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 and APT YouTube 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…

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August 2020

“Becoming Philadelphia” with author Inga Saffron

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

A recording of this talk can be found on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube page. To purchase Inga Saffron's book, click here. Use code RUPFIFTY for a discount. We're not sure how long this code will be active.  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…

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“Back to Camac!” with Bob Skiba

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

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  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,…

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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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SEO and Website Design For Competitive Guides – NFTGA Event

September 22 @ 6:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available here.  NFTGA has arranged a webinar "SEO and Website Design For Competitive Guides." If you have you been thinking about creating a website for yourself and your tours, or if you already have a website but wonder how to get the most value out of it, then this webinar is for you. The guest presenter will be Alex Jones, owner of Boathouse Web Design.   Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsf-qorj0pGNNr4JBhQCPFhRKAnhqjHq9d After…

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“Franklin’s Most Under-Appreciated Invention” with Rick Heimann

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of the talk is available on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel.  APT Board Secretary Rick Heimann will share what he learned as he dug into "just another one of those details about Franklin that gets more interesting the closer you look at it." Stay on zoom afterwards for some socializing. The lecture will be virtual, on zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85072720193

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October 2020

“Philadelphia: the Nation’s First World Heritage City” with Melissa Stevens

October 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. October 14, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "What Does it Mean to be the Nation's First World Heritage City?" by Melissa Stevens of the Global Philadelphia Association. Philadelphia joined the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, thereby becoming the first "World Heritage City" in the United States. With…

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November 2020

“Preserving Minerva Parker Nichols, America’s First Solo Female Architect”

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Wed. November 11, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "Preserving Minerva Parker Nichols, America’s First Solo Female Architect," by Molly Lester, the Associate Director of the Urban Heritage Project at PennPraxis, the nonprofit arm of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at Penn. Although her formal independent practice lasted just 8 years and was concentrated in the Philadelphia area, Minerva Parker Nichols (1862-1949) built…

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