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PRSSA 2016 National Conference

Crossroads of Public Relations

Indianapolis | Oct. 21–25 |

Visiting Boston

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and offers a rich history of revolutionary thinkers and communicators. As the home of many colleges and universities, Boston is a hub for students and young professionals leading with innovation in an evolving professional world.

Visiting Boston gives you the opportunity to walk amongst those who are leading the charge in the evolving industry of public relations.

History

Boston was one of the first major cities in America. Much of the current city used to be the harbor. Originally, Boston was an island surrounded by the Charles River, but officials decided to fill in part of the river to enclose the city with the Boston Harbor and Back Bay area. From the early times of the Puritans, Boston implemented groundbreaking change. Boston Latin School and Harvard University were some of the first educational institutions in America in the mid 1600s.

100 years later Boston was the battleground of the American Revolution. Many well-known battles took place on Boston soil, such as the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. All of these memorable moments in history are commemorated and remembered on Boston’s Freedom trail. The Freedom Trail takes visitors on a journey to Boston’s most iconic and significant, from the Boston Commons to Paul Revere’s house and even the Bunker Hill Monument.

Many of the original monuments and noted buildings in the history books still stand in Boston today. Still in the center of downtown, the Old State House can be seen closely resembling its structure from the 1700s. Several streets of Boston can still be found with its original cobbled stone connecting the ways of the past with the revitalized Boston.  You can walk down these streets to visit many original restaurants and meeting places that still stand today, such as the Bell in Hand, which dates back to 1795.

Boston was also the origin of the telecommunications revolution. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented his invention of the telephone igniting a spark that lead to the development of the smartphones of today.

Entertainment

With 23 unique neighborhoods, it’s hard to be bored in Boston. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Tower, this year’s National Conference host hotel, is located in Back Bay at the center of everything Boston has to offer. Being in America’s Walking City, guests are lucky that the Boston Park Plaza is only a short stroll away from some of Boston’s best restaurants, parks and theaters. In the mood for some shopping? The Boston Park Plaza is only 600 feet away from the start of Newbury Street where you will find all of Boston’s main shops and some exciting restaurants. Or you can walk the two minutes to Copley Square, home to Trinity Church, the Hancock Tower and the Boston Public Library. While you’re there, you can also get an up close look at the Boston Marathon finish line. And don’t forget about the North End because it’s also within walking distance. The North End is where you will find some of the best Italian food in Boston.

Fall is one of the best times to be in Boston. Attendees can get out and enjoy the beauty that is Boston by walking across the street from the Boston Park Plaza to the Boston Public Gardens or the Boston Common. The Boston Park Plaza is also close enough to the Charles River for guests to explore the Esplanade, a three mile stretch of green space along the water. Just east of the Back Bay is Boston’s theatre district. Guests can explore the sites or enjoy a show. Boston also offers a number of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum and more. Many of Boston’s museums are free for students if you bring your student ID.

In addition to being a hub for food, art and culture, Boston is a center for revolutionary ideas that are evolving in the industry. With public relations opportunities in political, non-profit, agency and more, Boston is the place to grow your knowledge of every sector of this industry.

Join us in Boston for the largest gathering of public relations students in the country. Get ready to network with professionals and share your own revolutionary ideas about public relations with peers from across the country