In the big picture, both cities and states are co-champs. Ask anyone
from Boston, though, and they will tell you that Massachusetts has the
edge in this match-up.
The short history lesson begins in 1620, nearly two decades before
Swedes colonized the future Pennsylvania, when English Pilgrims
landed in the future Provincetown on Cape Cod. They congressed in
Philadelphia, but the original Patriots of the Revolution all hailed from
Boston, including Benjamin Franklin (although he ran away to Philadelphia at age 17!), John Hancock, John Adams and Paul Revere.
The first battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought in
Lexington and Concord, in 1775. From those nation-building days, the
Bay State pioneered forward in the arts, education, industry, science and
It all makes for exceptional heritage tourism—and solid foundations
for Massachusetts’ $775 million meetings and events industry.
Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution, has seen America evolve
Key venues include Faneuil Hall. Gifted to the city in 1742 by merchant Peter Faneuil, the “Hub of the Hub” saw colonists declare “no
taxation without representation” and Samuel Adams stir Bostonians to
the cause of independence.
Today, groups rally in such spaces as the Hall’s Rotunda and Quincy
Market, incorporated into the venue along with the North and South
markets. At the event-capable Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, groups
can reenact history by tossing East India tea into the Boston Harbor.
The city is filled with other historic options. Opened in 1912, Fenway
Park is the nation’s oldest surviving ballpark, offering guided tours and
the 200-capacity outdoor deck atop the 37-foot “Green Monster” outfield wall for events.
Boston Common, from 1634, is America’s first public park. Organizers can hold city-permitted events at the former, with the latter mostly
serving as a wedding backdrop.
Another first, founded in Newtowne (now Cambridge) in 1636, Harvard is America’s first university. Today it offers versatile venues such as
the Science Center and Lee Family Hall of History, tracing the university’s athletic past.
Boston is equally a seat of invention, producing America’s first tannery (1629), first lighthouse (1716) and first computer—the non-elec-tronic “differential analyzer” developed at M.I. T. in 1928. To this day,
Boston brains make the city a global center for investing in ideas.
“Knowledge and innovation are at the core of the Boston and
Cambridge DNA,” said Greater Boston CVB President & CEO Patrick
Moscaritolo. “From our university classrooms and labs to think-tanks,
venture capitalists and start-up engines like Mass Challenge, this net-
work produces cutting-edge marketplace products and a brand with
wide audience appeal, including corporate and association planners
seeking content for their meeting or event.”
After Benjamin Franklin created the first lending library in 1790, the
Last month’s thrilling Super Bowl may have been a rematch between football teams from Boston and Philadelphia, but the states of Massachusetts and
Pennsylvania have always been in a head-
to-head battle regarding their prominence in
early American history.
BOSTON TEA PARTY
SHIPS & MUSEUM
Massachusetts pulses with
pioneering people and places
BY JEFF HEILMAN
SEIJI OZAWA HALL AT
HISTORIC DEERFIELD LIVING MUSEUM