Access Our Collection – Rare Documents and Historic Newspapers

Your journey into American history continues – even after the tour ends. Every tour participant receives special online access to rare documents and historic newspapers in Ben’s personal collection supported by interactive articles and multimedia. This treasure trove of material amplifies and enhances your tour experience.

You’ll view documents signed by participants in the Boston Tea Party including Thomas Melvill and Amos Lincoln and see a Civil War camp pass containing the printed signature of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. You’ll see original press coverage of many events including President George Washington’s visit to Boston in the fall of 1789 from The Massachusetts Centinel; the 54th Massachusetts parade march through the streets of Boston on May 28, 1863; the Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address – all three appeared in Boston’s abolitionist newspaper The Liberator.

Here is a glimpse of the type of content you’ll be able to view as a tour participant: The story of Thomas Melvill. Tour participants are given postcards containing links that grant access to the collection of rare documents and historic newspapers. You’ll also receive free audio products that support the tour. Book your private guided walking tour with author and Boston historian Ben Edwards today by completing this form or calling 617.670.1888.