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August 2020

“Back to Camac!” with Bob Skiba

August 19, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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December 2020

“Behind the Scenes at Carpenter’s Hall” with Alex Palma

December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recording of this talk can be found on the APT Facebook page and APT YouTube channel. On Wed. December 9, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its monthly meeting. It kicks off at 7 pm with a lecture, "Behind the Scenes at Carpenter's Hall," by Assistant Director there, Alex Palma. Carpenter's Hall hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks…

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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

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 the author of fifteen books including Literary Philadelphia (2015), the novel SPORE (2014),…

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