• Colonial Boston Map, Faneuil Hall and the Charlestown Navy Yard skyline


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Imperiled Promise

On November 2, 2012, the University of Massachusetts in Boston hosted "Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service." NPS interpreters, historians, and their colleagues reflected on the Organization of American Historians' 2012 report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, which critically examines the state of history in National Parks. The two videos that follow show the lively, two part discussion of this important topic.



Did You Know?

Daniel Webster speaking in the Senate chamber.

Daniel Webster was once rebuffed in his effort to speak at Faneuil Hall. His support of The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 earned for him the enmity of New England's abolitionists, and a worry that if he were allowed to speak, his appearance might spark a riot. He later spoke without incident.