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On behalf of the entire Vital Village Network, we are so glad you can join us for our 10th National Community Leadership Summit!

Here is a list of resources for you to use during your visit to the great city of Boston.

Mapping Boston

Please enjoy this fun interactive map of the Vital Village partner organizations to learn more about our organization’s community.

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Boston University Bridge

located half a mile west of George Sherman Union, stretches across the Charles River and connects Boston to Cambridge. Across the bridge, you’ll find Magazine Beach, Cambridge’s second-largest park. You can also walk down to the Charles River Esplanade to enjoy a stroll, jog, or bike ride along Boston’s iconic river.



which is located at 200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, is a three-story-tall, inside out stained-glass globe that is bisected in the middle by a glass walkway. Once illuminated with hundreds of lamps, today it glows with the light of LEDs. The globe is located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library which is a research library, museum, and repository for the papers of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

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Fenway Park

is the home of the Boston Red Sox, located within a mile of George Sherman Union. In addition to visiting the oldest ballpark in the nation, explore the shops, pubs, and restaurants in Kenmore Square or take a break from the city scene at the nearby Back Bay Fens, part of the historical Emerald Necklace parks. To tour Fenway Park, visit MLB

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Coit Observatory

is located on the roof of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences building at 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. Every Wednesday at 7:30pm, weather permitting, the observatory holds a Public Open Night for visitors to learn astronomy and observe the night sky. Tickets are posted every Thursday the week before and can be reserved here

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The Museum of Fine Arts

is located along Boston’s Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. Explore the nearly 450,000 artworks on display at the MFA, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. To learn more about current and upcoming exhibits, visit Students attending schools in Boston can attend the museum for free.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

is a marketplace and meeting hall that is located near Government Center right near the waterfront. Opened in 1743, Faneuil Hall housed the speeches of many famous American separatists who vouched for American  independence from Great Britain including Samuel Adams, James Otis, and many others. Today, it is a part of Boston National Historical Park and a stop on the Freedom Trail. Right next to Faneuil Hall is the Quincy Market which is a large food hall in a historic building that houses over 50 eateries, vendors, and kiosks. If you are craving great food, stop by Quincy Market and take a walk on the waterfront.

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Boston’s History and Context

Learn more by checking out these articles:

  • Boston. Racism. Image. Reality: Check out the Boston Globe’s seven-part series focused on answering the critical question: Does Boston still deserve its reputation as a place unwelcoming to blacks? If so, why - and how c​an the situation be improved? 

  • How we got here: Boston’s history, enabler of present fortune: This article explores Boston’s success in the last few decades. What has contributed to the successful evolution of Boston? Find out here

  • Significant Moments in Boston’s History: Interested in finding out key moments on Boston’s history? Look no further

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