Katie Hargrave / The Freedom Trail® : Economic and Cultural Pilgrimage

The Freedom Trail® is a self guided tour in Boston that takes visitors through sites of "national importance" in a seemingly important way, by painting a line for us to follow. In the way that we understand history to be produced, sometimes shifting though imagined to be concrete, the Freedom Trail® has shifted over time as well. Several abandoned patches are found throughout the city, and several added since the trail was “invented” in 1951 by journalist William Schofield. What does it mean to physically rewrite history, how does heritage tourism affect the construction and digestion of history?

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