J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Touring Boston's Most Important Landfills

I've written before about how the geography of Revolutionary Boston differs drastically from the city's footprint today. The current expert on the physical growth of Boston land (which took place mostly in the 1800s) is Nancy Seasholes, author of Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and the new Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land.

This month Nancy's leading walking tours of the newer acres of Boston sponsored by different historical organizations. So far I've been offered—

In case it rains or you're on another stretch of land entirely, MIT Press offers an hour-long video of Nancy speaking on the topic a coupla years ago. So does WGBH.

And remember—unless you go into Boston along Washington Street, you're traveling into the city over ground that was underwater in colonial times. And you were worried about a few drips in a tunnel!

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