What Makes Harvard Square A Square?

Harvard Square has been an intellectual and cultural center for nearly four centuries now. Join us as we explore the haunts of Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and T. S. Eliot. We'll see the Gold Coast, a castle and a horsecar barn, and the First Church and the First Parish (and learn why they split). Walk the square and learn why this part of Cambridge is one of the most fascinating places in the world. In case of extreme weather, call the Cambridge Center at 617-547-6789 for information and the rain date. Meeting point: Courtyard of 42 Brattle Street. Instructor: Charles Bahne



Start Date

August 21, 2019




Off Site





Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. Aug.21

Please see registration confirmation email for meeting point.

Instructors: Charles Bahne


Charles Bahne

Charles Bahne is a Boston historian and tour guide, and author of The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail. Charlie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on urban history and tourism. He then worked in some of the city's historic sites and museums, and became a seasonal Park Ranger with Boston National Historical Park. He left the National Park Service in 1985 to publish his Freedom Trail book, which has now sold more than 400,000 copies. Since 1997, Charlie has also taught many Exploritas (formerly Elderhostel) programs about Boston and its role in the American Revolution.