Women of Beacon Hill Audio Tour

Silhouettes of women against a 19th century bird's eye view of a city


Through this self-guided audio tour, explore the stories of the inspiring women who lived and made a difference in the Beacon Hill community.

This self-guided audio tour is also available on the free NPS app! You can download this tour ahead of your visit and listen along as you walk through Boston.


Total run time of all 13 audio clips: 27 minutes.


Download this tour and discover many more using the free NPS App!

How to find the Women of Beacon Hill tour on the NPS App

  1. Download the free NPS App from your preferred app store
  2. Tap "Find a Park" and search "Boston African American National Historic Site"
  3. Select "Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts," which will take you to the park homepage on the App
  4. Tap "Self-Guided Audio Tours"
  5. Select "Women of Beacon Hill Tour"

Learn More...

Want to dive into women's history in Boston? Check out our digital engagements: Boston Women and the Underground Railroad and Boston: A Suffrage Hub.

"$5000 from an Ex-Slave. Request of the Late Harriet Hayden Paid over to Harvard." Boston Journal. May 23, 1894.

"Boston: The Woman's Era Club." The Woman’s Era Volume 1, number 1. March, 1894.

Guillen, Sherry. "'Shall We Have a Convention...?'" NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

Grover, Kathryn, and Janine V. Da Silva. "Historic Resource Study: Boston African American National Historic Site." Boston African American National Historic Site, 2002.

Hilton, Thomas B. "Reminiscences." The Woman's Era Volume 1, number 5. August 1894.

Holden, Teresa Blue. “‘Earnest Women Can Do Anything:’ The Public Career of Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, 1842-1904.” Phd dissertation. Saint Louis University, 2005.

Jackson, Francis. Account Book of Francis Jackson, Treasurer The Vigilance Committee of Boston, Dr. Irving H. Bartlett collection, 1830-1880, W. B. Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives.

Jones, Martha. Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. New York: Basic Books, 2020.

Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Political Writer: Essays and Speeches. Edited by Marilyn Richardson. Indiana University Press, 1987.

McMillen, Sally G. Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015.

National Park Service. "Arianna Sparrow." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Clara Vaught." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Edmonia Lewis." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Harriet Hayden." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Maria Stewart." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Nancy Prince." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Susan Paul." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

-----. "Women's Suffrage at the Massachusetts State House." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

"Old Passages of Boston's 'Underground Railroad' Uncovered," Boston Evening Transcript, March 31, 1926, accessed September 2020, https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/siebert/id/14125.

Shoenfeld, Sarah J. "Applications and Admissions to the Home for Aged Colored Women in Boston, 1860-1887." New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume 154. July 2001, 251-272; Volume 155. October 2001, 397-413; Volume 156, January 2002, 62-85.

Still, William. Still's Underground Rail Road Records: With a Life of the Author. Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom. United States: William Still, 1886. 

Weierman, Karen Woods. The Case of the Slave-Child, Med: Free Soil in Antislavery Boston. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

The Woman’s Era Volume 2, number 5. August 1895.

The Woman’s Journal 24, no. 52 (December 30, 1893), Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, accessed July 16, 2022. https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:49673168$421i

Woods, Kaitlin. "'Make the World Better': The Woman's Era Club of Boston." NPS.gov. Accessed April 2023.

Last updated: October 26, 2023

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