History abounds in Boston





Check out the red coats.

They will be easy to spot in Boston this month, especially if you are willing to do a little time travel.

Travel back to the 18th century and you can even ask a British Regular, famous for their red coats, what it was like to serve so far from home where everyone seemed to hate them. (Not so much different from today, is it?) Watch the Regulars' Changing of the Guard at the site of their original garrison at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The British garrison was in use almost continuously until the Boston Massacre in 1770, which began as a confrontation between Boston citizens and garrison guards.

We toured Boston's famous Freedom Trail with a "British Regular" (actually a history professor at Quincy College named Michael Szkolka) who, despite the summer heat, was decked out in a red wool jacket, long-sleeved white shirt and white britches. Szkolka says he wants give us an "objective assessment of history," as we make our way nearly three miles past some of the 15 historical sites on the Freedom Trail. We walk past America's oldest public park, Boston Common, the golden dome of the State House to the Granary Burying Ground where Paul Revere (did you know he had 16 kids?) and John Hancock, among others, are buried and then onto the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall. (For more on the tours, visit www.thefreedomtrail.org. You can also download an audio guide to the trail and get a copy of "A Kid's Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail," which is packed with trivia and activities. (How many of Ben Franklin's inventions can you find in the picture of the schoolroom?)...


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