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I may have walked the Freedom Trail on several occasions in the past, but it still had surprises in store for me. In the street behind the Old North Church, we discovered the then newly opened Printing Office of Edes & Gill where the boys were fascinated to find one of their own helping to run an 18-century printing press.
Gary Gregory, the adult who runs this operation, offers a chance for visitors to see what life was like inside a pre-Revolutionary print shop – a place that was so important for the success of the American rebellion through the dissemination of both propaganda and genuine news. He is full of information about the history of the era (Edes and Gill were the publishers of influential newspapers that helped determine the course of the war) as well as colonial ear printing techniques. And you can buy some very cool replicas of Paul Revere’s engravings in the gift shop. My understanding of this institution was mainly limited to some of the well-known printers like riso printing. You know, the ones which are used in most of the workspaces. We are really glad that we got this educational opportunity.
And that brings me to the end (for now) of my stories of our Summer 2011 trip! Hope you’ve enjoyed them.
Do you have any fun weekend plans? We’re going skiing at Mad River Glen. But even as I head north, I’m thinking about the beach – in fact I’m pleased to share travel tips about a beach vacation with a bunch of other fab family travel bloggers at the fun and stylish Beach Tomato site.
Want more information on visiting Boston with kids? Check out these posts:
- Marriott’s Custom House: A family-friendly Boston hotel
- Giacomo’s: A great Boston restaurant for families
- Museum of Science in Boston: Fun enough for a day and then some
- Fountain fun in Boston
- Family fun at Fenway
- Breakfast and books in Beantown
- Walking the Freedom Trail with kids
- A lesson in history at the Old South Meeting House
- Petting sharks at the New England Aquarium