Ticket Info

Students: $7 each*
Teachers/Chaperones: 2 FREE adults per 30 students, $10 per additional chaperone

Schedule

Duration: 90 minutes
Available on your schedule during the school year.

Where To Go

We will arrange to meet your tour group where it is most convenient for you!

A HISTORICAL FIELD TRIP FOR GRADES 8-12

Offer your students a different kind of history scholarship with an immersive walk through the historical sites of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students leave textbooks behind for the day to walk in the footsteps of the movers and shakers of American History. From radical early thinkers like Anne Hutchinson or Cotton Mather to the philosophers and activists of the nineteenth century like Ralph Waldo Emerson or Charles Sumner, students will become well acquainted with the radical ideas and movements that grew right here in Cambridge and blossomed throughout the nation. Our guides show your students only the most exciting and historic sites in Harvard Square. Our tour includes: the old burying ground housing dozens of Puritans, fallen heroes, and intellectuals, the Brattle House home to Col. William Brattle and later Margaret Fuller, a site on the Underground Railroad, Harvard’s Memorial Hall, and more. But more exciting than the buildings themselves, the stories and tales hidden in the streets of Cambridge will enliven and enrich your students’ understanding of intellectual and political developments throughout American History. At Cambridge Historical Tours we believe students learn best when actively engaged through storytelling and interactive learning. Our guides are professional performers and educators who seek to transform moments in history into memorable and relatable stories for students to build a lasting connection with the past. We look forward to teaching your students with our fun and refreshing perspective so they may find a new enthusiasm for studying and experiencing history.

*School group rate applies for groups of 15 or more. For smaller groups or for questions about financing your trip, please contact us.

Massachusetts Curriculum Standards

US1 5: Explain the role of Massachusetts in the revolution, including important events that took place in Massachusetts and important leaders from Massachusetts. (H) Events: the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, Sam Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock.

US1 27: Explain the importance of the Transportation Revolution of the 19th century (the building of canals, roads, bridges, turnpikes, steamboats, and railroads) including the stimulus it provided to the growth of a market economy.

US1 29: Describe the rapid growth of slavery in the South after 1800 and analyze slave life and resistance on plantations and farms across the South, as well as the impact of the cotton gin on the economics of slavery and Southern agriculture. (H)

US1 31: Describe the formation of the abolitionist movement, the roles of various abolition­ists, and the response of southerners and northerners to abolitionism. (H)

US1 33: Analyze the goals and effect of the antebellum women’s suffrage movement. (H)

  • A. the 1848 Seneca Falls convention
  • C. Margaret Fuller
  • D. Lucretia Mott
  • E. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

US1 34: Analyze the emergence of the Transcendentalist movement through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and American literature, including the contributions of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (H)

US1 36: Summarize the critical developments leading to the Civil War. (H)

  • A. the Missouri Compromise (1820) **
  • D. the Compromise of 1850
  • E. The publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, other publications by authors like Harriet Jacobs.
  • F. the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)
  • G. the Dred Scott Supreme Court case (1857) or other cases like Massachusetts Anthony Burns trial.
  • I. John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry (1859)
  • J. the election of Abraham Lincoln (1860)

US1 39: Analyze the roles and policies of various Civil War leaders and describe the important Civil War battles and events, especial the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. (H)

US1 40: Provide examples of the various effects of the Civil War. (H, E)

  • A. physical and economic destruction
  • B. the increased role of the federal government
  • C. the greatest loss of life on a per capita basis of any U.S. war before or since