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AAG Field Trips 2017

Explore the rich physical and cultural geography of Boston and New England through informative field trips led by geographers or other experts. Field trips are also an excellent way to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues and friends. 

Field trips are currently under development for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Learn more about organizing a field trip at AAG 2017


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

F1_1 Walking Tour of Landmaking on Boston's Central Waterfront
Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Organizer: Nancy Seasholes (Atlas of Boston History)
Trip Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $11.50

This walking tour will trace the landmaking that created what is now Boston's Central Waterfront. The tour will progress from the sites of the earliest filling in the 17th century to the latest in the 1870s.Please note that the $11.50 charge includes transportation fees, handouts, and the AAG admin fee.

F1_2 Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)
Trip Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $5.00

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.

F1_3 Walk & Learn: The Planning of Boston, the Greenway, and the Legacy of the Big Dig
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Organizers: Zachery Jones (Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group) & Sara Myerson (Boston Planning and Development Agency)
Trip Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $30.00

Participants will travel by MBTA (tickets included in the field trip cost) to Boston's City Hall. Accompanied by staff from the Boston Planning and Development Agency, this tour will include a presentation of the "Bird's-eye Boston" model of The Hub at City Hall. From there the tour will walk to the Greenway park system to discuss the legacy of the Big Dig. The tour will part ways with the BPDA staff and walk leisurely along the Greenway Park system paths. The tour will ride the MBTA back to the conference. Please be advised: the Greenway walk is approximately one mile.

F1_4 Fenway Park Tour
Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Organizers: Jase Bernhardt (Hofstra University) & Jonathan Kirk (Kent State University)
Trip Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $27.00

Calling all baseball fans! Join us in a tour of the neighborhood ballpark-- historic Fenway Park. Located less than one mile from the Hynes Convention Center, Fenway Park has been home to the storied Boston Red Sox franchise since 1912, making it the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in operation, with its iconic “Green Monster” a Boston landmark. We will depart from the Hynes Convention Center, walking through the Fenway neighborhood on our way to the ballpark. Our one hour guided tour will include stops at all of Fenway Park’s famous sites, with an optional lunch at a local tavern afterward.


THURSDAY, APRIL 6

F2_7 Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)
Trip Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $5.00

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

F3_3 Tour of Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Friday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Organizer: Ronald Grim (Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library)
Trip Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $5.00

Learn about the physical and online cartographic resources available at the Boston Public Library. This tour will introduce participants to three aspects of the LMC collection. The curator will provide an overview of the collection highlighting a selection of historic treasures. The assistant curator will lead a walk-through of the current gallery exhibition, “Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History,” and the reference and geo-spatial librarian will demonstrate LMC online resources including a new digital collection incorporating images of historic maps from ten partner institutions focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War era.


SATURDAY, APRIL 8

F4_3 Landscapes of Infinite Jest: A Psychogeographical Tour of David Foster Wallace's Boston
Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Hannah Fair (University College London) & Rachel Bok (University of British Colombia)
Trip Capacity: 25
Cost/person: $6.00

A psychogeographical wander around Boston, on foot and via public transport, navigating the literal and fictional locations featured in David Foster Wallace's work. Tracing some of the key events of the epic novel Infinite Jest, this tour will traverse contemporary Boston, the city as it stood in the mid-90s and Wallace's imagined alternative Experialist present. Please note that attendees should purchase their MBTA tickets in advance.