Local Resources and Apps





New this year! The National Humanities Conference will have its own mobile app. If you do not receive an invitation to download the mobile app, with instructions, by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, please email Director of Meeting Shannon Loburk at sloburk@statehumanities.org. Invitations will be sent to the email address used when registering for the conference.

Email Shannon Loburk for App Invite!

Local Apps

Mass Book Trails
-Literary walking tours of Beacon Hill from Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Puritan Boston Tests Democracy
-An app for walking tours of Boston.

Lexington and Concord
-A digital guide to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Local Restaurants and Attractions

Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Attractions

Bookstores

Groceries

From Mass Humanities:

There are many great restaurants in the Boston area, as you will discover if you participate in the inaugural “Dine Around” following the Capps Lecture on Friday evening. The eateries listed here are some favorites of Mass Humanities board members, advisory board members, and staff and an easy walk or short cab ride (15 minutes or less) from the conference hotel. Boston’s subway system is called “the T” — it is the oldest subway in the nation but still serves the city well. The one-way fare is $2.25. Vending machines inside all Stations dispense CharlieCards (named in tribute to, “Charlie on the MTA,” the folksong popularized by the Kingston Trio in the 1950s [listen] and also known locally as the Irish Drinking Song). You might enjoy a ride on the MTA and you shall return!

Thank you to Mass Humanities for this incredible restaurant list that includes dietary information, star ratings and price!

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133
0.4 mile, 9 minute walk from conference hotel

New England Holocaust Museum
126 High Street, Boston, MA 02111
0.4 mile, 9 minute walk from conference hotel

Wang Theatre Lobby
270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
0.4 mile, 9 minute walk from conference hotel

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
185 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111
0.4 mile, 9 minute walk from conference hotel

Old State House and Boston Historical Society
206 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109-1773
0.5 mile, 9 minute walk from conference hotel

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
0.6 mile, 13 minute walk from conference hotel

King’s Chapel
64 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
0.6 mile, 12 minute walk from conference hotel

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
0.6 mile, 13 minute walk from conference hotel

Faneuil Hall
4 South Market Street, Boston, MA 02109
0.7 mile, 14 minute walk from conference hotel

Trinity Church
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
0.9 mile, 18 minute walk from conference hotel

The North End (Little Italy)
North End, Boston, MA 02113
1.0 mile, 20 minute walk from conference hotel

Paul Revere House
19 N. Square, Boston, MA 02113
1 mile, 20 minute walk from conference hotel

Boston Public Library and Leventhal Map Center
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
1.0 mile, 21 minute walk from conference hotel

Granary Burying Ground
Tremont Street (Between School and Park streets), Boston, MA 02116
1.5 miles, 13 minute drive from conference hotel

King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Tremont Street (Between School and Park streets), Boston, MA 02116
1.5 miles, 13 minute drive from conference hotel

Mass Historical Society
1154 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
1.6 miles, 13 minute drive from conference hotel

Granary Burying Ground
Hull Street and Snowhill Road (North End), Boston, MA 02113
1.7 miles, 15 minute drive from conference hotel

Skywalk Observatory and Dreams of Freedom Museum
800 Boylston Street, 50th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
2.0 miles, 15 minute drive from conference hotel

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
2.5 miles, 17 minute drive from conference hotel

Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium
200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
2.9 miles, 15 minute drive from conference hotel

These Words, a Century of Printing, Writing, and Reading in Boston’s Chinese Community
A brochure and guide to Chinatown

Commonwealth Books
Short walk from the conference hotel
Many lovers of prose adore the musty smell of used book stacks. This cluttered, cozy space is a book lover’s bookstore. Readers seeking hard-to-find text treasures boast of success at Commonwealth Books. It includes a downstairs bargain basement and a couple comfy chairs in front of a little fireplace.
Address: 9 Spring Lane (Downtown Crossing)
Telephone: (617) 338-6328

Brattle Book Shop
Short walk from the conference hotel
Open since 1825, the Brattle Book Shop calls itself “one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores.” If you’re in Downtown Crossing and spot what looks like an outdoor library, you’re in the right spot. Title start at just $1 on the outdoor discount shelves. Inside there are three more stories of used books including hard-to-find titles. Browse the rare book room and you just might spot a first edition Moby Dick.
Address: 9 West Street (Downtown Crossing)
Telephone: (617) 542-0210

Harvard Book Store
Take the Red Line from Downtown Crossing to Harvard Square
Not to be confused with the Harvard Coop, this independent shop in Harvard Square offers an impressive selection and a top rate author lecture series (including many co-sponsored by Mass Humanities). Looking for gently used titles or remainders? Head straight to the basement. Not sure what you want? The knowledgeable staff posts their top picks online. For the aspiring author, Harvard Book Store has a machine to print and bind your own work. However, if you’re looking for a cozy chair to sit and read, you won’t find it here.
Address: 1256 Mass Ave. (Harvard Square)
Telephone: (617) 661-1515

Brookline Booksmith
Take the Green Line from Boylston Street to Coolidge Corner
This Coolidge Corner staple outlived the nearby Barnes & Noble. With a regular schedule of author signings and speakers, a wide selection of new titles, and a basement packed with discounted used books, there is something for everybody. There is also a cozy children’s area and a quirky selection of odds & ends and unique gifts.
Address: 279 Harvard Street (Coolidge Corner)
Telephone: (617) 566-6660

New England Mobile Book Fair
Take the T (Green Line, D Train) but a cab is a lot quicker!
It’s not mobile. It’s not a fair. It’s a giant warehouse completely covered in books – on shelves, tables, and in boxes on the floor. Their new titles are offered at everyday discounts; the crowded backroom is chock full of more markdowns. Described in customer reviews as “charmingly cramped,” if you want a spot to read, pull up a corner of the floor. One must-know tip before you go: this store is organized by publisher, not author. If you’re having trouble navigating, just ask a member of the staff.
Address: 82 Needham Street (Newton Highlands)
Telephone: (617) 527-5817

View the full list, including specialty book stores.

Whole Foods Market
348 Harrison Avenue
0.6 mile, 15 minute walk from conference hotel

Whole Foods Market
181 Cambridge Street
0.8 mile, 18 minute walk from conference hotel

Trader Joe’s
899 Boylston Street
1.3 miles, 27 minute walk from conference hotel