BOTH THE APT AND THE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE CANCELLED THEIR LECTURE SERIES, EVENTUALLY OFFERING THE SESSIONS BY ZOOM. APT’S WALKING TOURS, TOUR GUIDE TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION EXAM HAVE NOT YET BEEN RESCHEDULED.
ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES
“A Guide’s View of Philadelphia,” the APT annual lecture series, is the city’s only officially recognized training program for “professional and informed” guides (per City Council 2013 Proclamation). The series includes informational lectures on Philadelphia’s history, culture, and architecture from colonial times to present day as well as sessions on tour guiding techniques. In 2020 APT is departing from its traditional series to offer “Other Voices, Other Stories,” focusing on history from the perspectives of those outside the mainstream narrative.
In 2019, APT partnered with the Preservation Alliance to increase the depth and diversity of lecture offerings and did so again in 2020. The Preservation Alliance’s popular 10-part speaker series “Building Philadelphia” features architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians who explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia’s development.
APT’s “Other Voices, Other Stories” includes 2 2-hour lectures followed by a walking tour on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15. Tour guide training sessions will be offered on two Saturdays, March 28 and April 4. The APT Certification Exam will be on Sunday April 5. Attend all 4 APT lectures, walking tours, and tour guide trainings and all 10 Preservation Alliance sessions, or only 1, or any number in between.
PRESERVATION ALLIANCE SCHEDULE:
ALL AT INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER
M, 3/2: Andrew Murphy, “William Penn and the Founding of the City”
W, 3/4: Emma Lapsansky-Werner, “The City as an Organism of Transition”
M, 3/9: Bruce Laverty, “The Victorian City”
W, 3/11: Elizabeth Milroy, “Assembling Fairmount Park, 1844-1926”
M, 3/16: Francesca Ammon, “The Urban Renewal of Society Hill”
W, 3/18: Domenic Vitiello, “Workshop of the World”
M, 3/23: Alan Greenberger, “Modernism and the Philadelphia School”
W, 3/25: Cynthia MacLeod, “The Creation of Independence National Historical Park”
M, 3/30: Douglas Mooney & Jed Levin, “The Hidden City: Archaeology of Philadelphia”
W, 4/1: Paul Levy, “The Future of the City”
“Other Voices, Other Stories”
— The zoom recording for Caroline Golab’s talk “Immigration in Philadelphia” can be accessed here:
— Unfortunately there were technical difficulties, and Zara Anishanslin’s talk “Women in Early Philadelphia” was not recorded.
Sat, 3/14, MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 101 S. 3rd St.:
— “Women in Early Philadelphia,” 10-11:30 am.
Zara Anishanslin, associate professor of history/art history, University of Delaware
— 11:30-12:30 LUNCH
— “Philadelphia Immigration,” 12:30-2:00 pm
Caroline Golab, cultural geographer and historian specializing in urbanization and immigration
— Old City walking tour with APT Master Guide Sheila McLaughlin, 2:15-3:45 pm.
— The zoom recording of Joe Becton’s talk “African Americans in Philadelphia” can be accessed here:
— The zoom recording of Bob Skiba’s talk “LBGTQ Philadelpia” can be accessed here:
Sun, 3/15, HILL-PHYSICK HOUSE, 321 S. 4th St.:
— “LGBTQ Philadelphia,” 10-11:30 am.
Bob Skiba, 2020 APT President and archivist at the William Way LGBT Community Center
— 11:30-12:30 LUNCH
— “African Americans in Philadelphia,” 12:30-2 pm.
Joe Becton, former Independence NHP ranger and APT Master Guide
— Society Hill walking tour with APT Master Guide Josh Silver, 2:15-3:45 pm.
Guiding Techniques and Certification Exam
Sun, 4/5, PHILLY’S GOURMET STEAKS, 114 Market St.:
— APT Certification Exam, 10 am – 12 pm.
In February 2018, the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations (NFTGA) held its biennial conference for the first time in Philadelphia, drawn in part by the reputation of APT’s education and certification program – a model for other cities.
This year’s NFTGA conference was in Charleston, SC, from February 5-7, 2020. APT was represented by President Judy Smith, (then) Director-at-Large Keshler Thibert, and members Nick Cvetkovic (NFTGA Vice President) and Dale Russell.
Check out the most recent NFTGA newsletter.