African American History

The first Africans arrived in Boston in February of 1638, eight years after the city was founded. They were brought by their enslavers, purchased in Providence Isle, a Puritan colony off the coast of Central America. By the early 18th century there were more than 400 enslaved African Americans in Boston and the beginnings of […]

District Historic Sites

Feel like taking a leisurely walk past the homes of Robert Frost and Henry James, or the “birthplace” of Curious George?

Boston Women in Letters

Boston has long been a hub for women writers, thinkers, and activists. The city saw poet Phillis Wheatley writing in the Revolutionary period, and later was home to abolitionists and suffragettes alike, including Louisa May Alcott, Julia Ward Howe, Susan Paul, Maria Stewart, and Lucy Stone. Boston’s women writers were by turns book designers, critics, editors, publishers, reporters, and transcendentalists.