Historic Chinatown Walking Tour
Tercentenary Parade in Boston, 1930. Youth from the Chinese community marched and posed along Boylston Street holding flags of both the United States and the Republic of China on the occasion of the 300th birthday of the City of Boston. The picture is featured in the 1931 Chinese Directory of New England.




Youth from the Chinese community marched and posed along Boylston Street while holding flags of both the United States and the Republic of China on the occasion of the 300th birthday of the City of Boston in 1930. (CHSNE collection)

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) offers Historic Chinatown Walking Tours, which is designed primarily to visit sites in the neighborhood that have significance in the founding and development of Chinatown in downtown Boston. Tour guides will provide information about the early settlers and how they were integrated into the broader Boston community. The growth of the community will be discussed through the tour as well as the impact of public policies on the community through highway and institutional expansion and urban renewal. This tour focuses on Chinatown prior to 1965.

In 1965 Congress passed and President Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This was a watershed event in our history because it allowed unprecedented numbers of Chinese and other immigrants to come to America after many years of exclusion. Boston’s Chinatown, like many other Chinatowns across the country, was forever changed in terms of its social, demographic, economic, and cultural characteristics. Special tours can be arranged for groups to cover topics of particular interest, such as community growth since 1965.

The 90-minute tours are given by trained volunteers and scheduled by special arrangements. Tours are available for groups of ten or more. To arrange for a tour please contact CHSNE at (617) 338-4339 or e-mail to info@chsne.org with your request and contact information. A CHSNE volunteer will respond.
 


2008 Chinese Historical Society of New England

China Trade Center 2 Boylston Street, G-3 Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 338-4339 Fax: (617) 338-9339 info@chsne.org







Chinese School Graduation Ceremony, 1931. This extraordinarily detailed photograph presents a comprehensive portrait of the students and faculty during the graduation ceremony of the Quong Kow Chinese School at 18 Oxford Street in 1931. The school was founded by the Chinese Merchants Association in 1916 to promote Chinese language and heritage. The large number of children indicates that there was a remarkable growth in the number of Chinese families in the 1920s.

This extraordinarily detailed photograph presents a comprehensive portrait of the students and faculty of the Quong Kow Chinese School at 18 Oxford Street during the 1931 graduation ceremony. (CHSNE collection)