Genna Weidner

Hello and welcome! My name is Genna, and I am a recent but proud resident of the greatest city in the world. My mission is to show people how amazing, complex, rich, and fascinating the city of Boston is. My blog focuses on the historical development of Beantown while offering fun travel and navigational tips.

A little about me: I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in history. I currently work in the field of higher education in Boston. I moved to Boston in May 2018, and I had the opportunity to work for museums throughout the city. I finished my honors thesis part time, which focused on Boston during the American Revolution. In my time in Boston, I fell in love with the complex streets, intricate and inconsistent architecture, beautiful parks, and the fascinating stories throughout the city. I knew I had to not only keep learning about this city, but I had to live here. And funnily enough, I knew that I had to live here since I was a young child. My parents often recall me talking about Boston since I was a little kid. I remember babbling to my mother when I was young about how I would someday have an apartment on Commonwealth Avenue, and I would run along the Esplanade with my dogs.

The second I moved here in May, I knew I made the right decision. Every moment I spend here is another moment of assurance that I am in the right place. I learn new things everyday about the city that makes me love it more. Boston has some ugly history, but I admire its consistent attempts to improve and make the lives of its citizens better. It’s a long journey, and Boston is not even close to being done. But I am excited to be here as Boston continues to improve.

Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention - Presented Paper
Explanation of "No Taxation without Representation"

The foundation of the American Revolution came from the famous “taxation without representation is tyranny” ideology. The British saw taxation on the colonies as fair. The colonists saw this as oppressive, because they believed they were equal citizens in the British Empire and they did not consent to such a tax. The conflict came from a misunderstanding about the purpose of the colonies. The colonists began to build an identity for themselves, and they believed they were an extension of the...

University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate History Journal
Popular Literature in the Abbasid Caliphate: How It Represented and Defined the Culture of the...

The Abbasid Caliphate was an Islamic empire that existed from 750 to 1258 C.E. as it was centered in Baghdad and included much of the Middle East. Poetry and literature were significant ways that the Abbasids expressed their cultural values. Based on what the Abbasid poetry emphasized, it is clear that the Abbasid court valued the caliph’s authority, entertainment, and the experience of proving knowledge through poetry recitation. Prose literature had a significant role in the Abbasid court...

University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate History Journal
The Power of Perception: How the perception of race impacted Irish and Italian immigrants in...

In the 1850s, a large population of Irish immigrants came to Boston. In the 1880s, as Boston began to industrialize, the promise of jobs encouraged many more groups of immigrants to move to Boston. The Italians and more Irish came to Boston, but because the Irish had established communities and job connections in the city, it was easier for the Irish immigrants to have better jobs and move into positions of power. Since the Italian immigrants came later than the Irish, the gatekeepers of...

Genna in Boston

Are you visiting Boston for the first time? Or is it your fiftieth time? Do you have an interest in history? If you have lived in Boston for twenty years and want to appreciate it more, or if you have ever looked at a map of the MBTA and just thought "UGH!!"

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