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    Bostondhi heads to M a s s a c h u s e t t s

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    nown for making history from its earliest days, Boston is a natural home for the Door and Hardware Institute’s 2008 Conference and Exposition where we are sure to make history with our best ever show. Ranked as the 10th most popular tourist city in the United States, you’ll find the city to be packed with incredible sites and delicious

    restaurants. In fact, with so much to see and do, you may want to come early and stay late just to try and take it all in!

    Similar to Nashville, home of the 2007 DHI Conference and Exposition, Boston is also known for its abundance of learning establishments. From Harvard University, to Boston College and MIT, there are few cities that have as many prominent colleges and universities as Boston.

    In addition to being the site of the famous Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill, it was also the site of many firsts such as the first public school, college and American subway.

    When most people think of Boston, its importance in the birth of America is usually one of the first things that comes to mind. Today, with a popula- tion of 4.4 million, it is the 11th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Whether you refer to it as Beantown or the Cradle of Liberty, Boston is a one-of-a-kind travel destination in beautiful New England. History buffs could spend days just scratching the surface of the numerous land- marks, historical buildings and museums. If you would like to combine your history lesson of the area with some exercise and fresh air, hop on the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile trail passes historical homes, meeting houses, a ship, burial grounds, museums and more.

    Boston M A S S A C H U S E T T S

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    Culture The city is home to the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Casinos, Comedy Clubs, Dinner Cruises, John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Library and Museum, and the New England Aquarium, just to name a few. You’ll find the biggest problem you have is not finding some- thing to do, but rather deciding how many things you have time to see!

    With all of its great scenery and history, it’s no wonder that so many popular television shows and movies have been set in Boston. Popular TV shows have include Cheers, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Boston Public, Crossing Jordan, The Practice, Spencer for Hire, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch to name a few. Hit movies to take place in Boston include The Departed, Fever Pitch, Good Will Hunting, Legally Blonde, Mystic River, The Paper Chase, and The Thomas Crown Affair.

    Boston is also an all-American sports town. The home to seven professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and Boston Bruins. The Basketball Hall of Fame and the Volleyball Hall of Fame are both located in Massachusetts.

    Culture The city is home to the

    The Neighborhoods

    KNOWN AS AMERICA’S WALKING CITY, Boston is compact in nature and can be easily explored on foot. The city is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods including:

    BACK BAY: This neighborhood is full of great Victorian brownstones, high-end fashion and shopping.

    BEACON HILL: Known for its quiet, historic 19th century red brick town- homes, gas-light promenades and old-fashioned merchant signs.

    CHINATOWN: If you want to try some of the best Asian restaurants in Boston, this is the place to come.

    NORTH END: Craving pasta? You’ll be enchanted by this Italian neighborhood, complete with cafes, and trattorias.

    ROXBURY: The heart of the African- American community, this neighbor- hood has several museums, and galleries that are definitely worth a visit.

    SOUTH END: Very trendy with hip restaurants, galleries and studios, the

    South End has plenty to offer. The Historic District is the largest surviving contiguous Victorian-era neighborhood in the U.S

    THEATRE DISTRICT: Looking to dance or take in a comedy club? This is the place to see and be seen.

    WATERFRONT: Come get your fill of great seafood while enjoying the sights and sounds of the boats in the harbor.

    CAMBRIDGE: Just across the Charles River, this neigh- borhood is home to Harvard as well as some charming coffee shops, bookstores, boutiques and ethnic restaurants.

    Boats on the Charles River - The Charles River is one of America’s most beautiful rivers which offers spectacular views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

    Beacon Hill Street

    Casinos, Comedy Clubs,

    biggest problem you have is not finding some

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    With its colonial charm and urban sophistication, Boston is a mecca for the arts and culture and home to world class shopping and dining.


    This year’s conference will be held the first week in November, but even though we’ll be farther north than usual, there should be little chance of experiencing winter weather this early in the season. Average highs for early November are in the mid 50s with lows near 40.


    1630 Founded by Puritans from England on September 17

    1634 Boston Common became the first public park in America.

    1635 The Puritans founded the first public school, Boston Latin School

    1636 Harvard College was established

    1653 The first public library is founded

    1737 First St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US was held in Boston

    1773 Boston Tea Party A reenactment takes place in the Boston Harbor every year on December 16th

    1822 Boston was chartered a city

    1897 The United States’ first subway system was built

    USS Constitution 2

    Old State House

    Bunker Hill Monument - 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major

    battle of the American Revolution.

    The Charles River is one of America’s most beautiful rivers which offers spectacular views

    of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

    Photos Credits: FayFoto, Inc. & Greater BostonConvention & Visitors Bureau