The story of Boston is the story of America. Immigration battles across generations.  

In one and a half miles our immigration walking tour covers four-hundred years of migration and political controversy. You will relive the events that made Boston the “Beacon on the Hill”.

In the 17th Century immigration was encouraged with sizeable land grants. These early settlers will become the brahmans of the 18th and 19th Century intent on restricting immigration.

The influx of the Irish Famine from 1845-1863 intensified the debate. Our own Henry Cabot Lodge Sr., with an ear to President Theodore Roosevelt will lead the anti-immigration effort of the second half of the 19th Century. Cabot Lodge’s successes were unraveled by the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy leading to the current debate in the 21st Century.

We will highlight specific events that will catch your breath; the orphanage fire, the fireman’s riot, the immigrants contribution to save the union during the Civil War and the economic and demographic conflict between generations of immigrants.

Stops along our tour.

John Fitzgerald, maternal grandfather to the Kennedy boys, memorialized at the entrance to the North End, typically the new immigrants first look at Boston. Learn of the Kennedy Fitzgerald/Cabot/Lodge one-hundred years of political immigration combat.

Tribute to the Irish Famine emigres and their massive contribution to the Civil War, 19th Century economy, politics and demography.

Our tour highlights the changing architecture to meet the growing needs of the waves of immigration and its impact on Boston.

Lodge’s Immigration Restriction League splits the Republican Party. Taft, Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson discuss deracination. Mayor Michael Curley lobbies President Taft.

Additional Tour Stops

The Immigration Story
Ted Kulik

Freedom Trail Self-Guided Audio Tour

Follow America’s riotous founders on the path to revolution and independence with a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail produced by our friends at Walk Boston History. The tour plays automatically, using the VoiceMap audio tour app, so you can explore at your own pace and focus on your surroundings, not the screen

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Or find us for on the VoiceMap app on your smartphone or on your desktop.

Tours can be ADA compliant and are enhanced with amplification.

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