So You Think You Know Your City

Bettina A. Norton

Wednesdays, March 21 - May 2 (rain date May 9) 9:30 a.m. - after lunch (taking a 1:00 class afterward is not recommended) 7 sessions
Designated public transportation spots

Join up for the second, and definitely last, swan song of the Norton-delivered walking tours in neighborhoods of Boston, featuring their distinctive architecture, social history, and historic sites. Communities to be visited once were independent towns in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but later were incorporated into the City of Boston. They include Sumner Hill in Jamaica Plain; Codman Square and Ashmont Hill in Dorchester; Dudley Square and Meetinghouse Hill in Roxbury; the Boston Naval Shipyard and downtown Charlestown, from City Square to Bunker Hill; Forest Hills Cemetery; East Boston along the waterfront; and Telegraph Hill and the Oceanside of South Boston. We will be treated to a behind-the-scenes visit on several of the tours.

Each tour finishes with lunch at a local restaurant, where the chef/owner talks with us about the neighborhood. Lunch will be by reservation, but each person can order from the full menu. Attendees are responsible for the cost of lunches and transportation.

Teaching Style: Lecture with questions  Weekly Preparation: None


    Bettina A. Norton

    Bettina A. Norton is completing a book on 18th century Salem portrait artist Benjamin Blyth, responsible for the Massachusetts Historical Society’s iconic portraits of the newly married John and Abigail Adams. Norton was registrar and in charge of the print collection at the Essex Institute, then director of the Cambridge Historical Society. She is the author of books, pamphlets, and over 70 articles. From 1995 to 2001, she ran The Beacon Hill Paper/Chronicle, and is now executive editor emerita of the Boston Musical Intelligencer (q.v.).  She and her family live in the house in which she grew up.