His­tory Buff

Where Boston - - WHERE INSIDE | BOSTON YOUR WAY -

Most rec­og­nize the Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary (1) as a repos­i­tory of books. What’s most in­ter­est­ing per­haps, to a his­to­rian, is its rare books depart­ment, which con­tains such items as 10th-cen­tury me­dieval manuscripts and the pres­i­den­tial John Adams Li­brary. Find fam­ily his­to­ries galore at New Eng­land His­toric Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, and re­search your own. His­tory buffs with a sense of whimsy en­joy the Bos­ton Tea Party Ships & Mu­seum (2) that in­cludes holo­graphic guides and a “real” har­bor tea dump. In Cam­bridge, a sprawl­ing home sinks its his­tor­i­cal chops into Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary and lit­er­ary pasts, as one might guess from its name: Longfel­low House-Washington Head­quar­ters (3). It housed Washington dur­ing the Siege of Bos­ton. A hun­dred years later, the prom­i­nent poet lived here.

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