The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides presents


Nine Monday evenings, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, February 10th to april 14th
The Philadelphia History Museum
15 S 7th StREET,  Philadelphia



About the Series  


Once again, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is very pleased to present its highly acclaimed  lecture series about Philadelphia. Beginning February 3rd, 2014, this nine week course will explore key events in the city's history and culture, from William Penn and  the Lenape to modern-day leaders. The presenters are the region's top experts in history, culture, politics and architecture. Two tour guiding techniques workshops are included in the program. In these, APT certified guides will share the expertise and skills which have earned them praise as being among America's best.

Whether you'd like to become an APT certified Philadelphia Tour Guide, or just want to learn more about this wonderful city, this program is for you!



One Independence Mall Parking, on 7th St. near Chestnut St., provides $5 parking to Museum event guests. Vouchers will be provided.



The Lectures  


February 3:  Introduction & Philadelphia Overview
   Ken Hinde, Phila Society for the Preservation of Landmarks - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 7
• February 10:  Wm. Penn, the Lenape & the Early City
   Daniel Richter, Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania 
• February 17: Franklin’s Philadelphia
   Ed Mauger 
• February 24:  Early Capital to Athens of America
   Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers University and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
March 3:  Slavery, Freedom & Leadership
   Dr. Diana D. Turner, Curator, Charles L. Blockson African-American Collection - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 14
• March 10: The Civil War & the Great Centennial 
   Anthony Waskie, Professor, Temple University
• March 17: The Industrial City
   Jeffrey Cohen, Senior Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College
• March 24: The Parkway & the Modern City
   David Brownlee, Professor, U. of Pennsylvania
• March 31:  Philadelphia, Today & Tomorrow
   Meryl Levitz, President & CEO of  Visit Philadelphia
   Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning
• April 7:  Philadelphia Architectural Overview
   Ken Hinde, Phila Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
• April 14:  Slavery, Freedom & Leadership
   Dr. Diana D. Turner, Curator, Charles L. Blockson African-American Collection



The Guiding Techniques Workshops  

Workshop I

       Sunday, March  23 - Noon to 2:00 pm, 2nd floor of the Independence Visitor Center, corner of 6th & Market Streets.

Workshop II

       Sunday, March 30 -  Noon to 2:00 pm, 2nd floor of the Independence Visitor Center, corner of 6th & Market Streets. Rain or shine. We meet at the back of the IVC.



 The Certification Exam  


The next certification exam for 2014 will be held after the lecture series concludes on Monday, April 21st at 6:00 pm, location TBA.

For more information about APT certification and the exam, visit:



 Course Fees  

General Public: $200  for the full series,  $25 per single lecture
APT Members: $160 for the full series, $20 per single lecture
APT Members who've taken the entire series before, may drop in on any lecture for only $10.
Group Rates: contact for information
Two Tour Guiding Techniques Workshops alone: $50 for APT members, $65 for General Public. (These are included in the full series cost.)
You may register online right on this website at:, or you may send a check made out to APT to the address below:
c/o Del Conner, The Physick House
321 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
You may download a pdf brochure with all this information here.