ABOVE: Alex enjoying dinner and conversation with a book club in Boston's Brighton neighborhood that chose to read his The North End: A Brief History of Boston's Oldest Neighborhood.
BELOW: Alex speaks to a crowd of more than 100 people who filled the "box pews" in Boston's historic Old North Church.
Photo by Heather Hartford.
Alex R. Goldfeld
Boston's public historian
In addition to walking tours, I regularly give illustrated presentations on various parts of Boston’s history at colleges, libraries, historic sites, and businesses.
I prepare and deliver cultural competency presentations and workshops based on African-American history in Boston. The basis for the workshops are primary documents, such as letters and speeches, from Black Bostonians like Dr. John Rock, Maria Stewart, David Walker, Prince Hall, and Phillis Wheatley.
The words and thoughts of these extraordinary people can inform our discussion of race and diversity today.
I answer questions from around the world about Boston's people and places, time permitting. With a deep knowledge of Boston's history, and ready access to local archives, I can help you find the missing details or context for your book, exhibit, dissertation, or genealogy.
I speak to students of all ages. I have spoken about the Revolutionary War to middle schoolers, immigration and religion to college students, and the anti-slavery movement to 3-year-olds (by request, of course!). Contact me for information about a walk or talk for your school group -- or for assistance with your History curriculum.