If you’ve ever attended a meeting in Boston, chances are your event materials had a giant picture of the Paul Revere statue on the front page. It’s no secret that Boston’s role in American history is a huge draw for meeting planners and tourists alike. We’re proud of our city’s place in history and want to tell you more about the history you’ll experience just by attending events at PCMA Convening Leaders in Boston in January 2014.
The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
Home to PCMA Convening Leaders, the Hynes could not offer a better convention experience! It is in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, surrounded by world-class shopping and dining and the best part is you don’t even have to walk outside to experience it all. Connected to the Prudential Shops, Copley Place and all of the PCMA block hotels, it will be January outside, but clear and warm in!
Construction for the “War Memorial Auditorium” began in 1958, and in 1965 city officials renamed the building the John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium in honor of Mayor John B. Hynes who had been a prominent advocate for the facility. In 1982 the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority took over and established what we now know as the Hynes Convention Center and today, the building continues to make history hosting notable events and figures from President Obama to Bill Gates and everyone in between!
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market, is where the PCMA Convening Leaders Networking Reception will take place. Boston Colony’s first wholesale market place was born in 1742. In 1826 Quincy Market was built to add to the market place. Quincy Market was named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. Quincy Market is two stories tall and about 27,000 square feet. The building is built with granite, is 535 feet long and has red brick interior walls. The structure was the most innovative structure of its time, using such a great amounts of steel beams, and glass during construction. in 1826, Faneuil Hall was Boston’s central meeting place, a place of history, culture, and innovation. It was the place George Washington toasted Americas first birthday, where colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the doctrine of “no taxation without representation.”
Over the years Faneuil Hall and most specifically, Quincy Market, has had some face lifts. In the 1970’s renovations to the Market Place were conducted, to keep the historic landmark alive. To this day the market place is a place for congregating, shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is a place where tourists, Bostonians, street performers, historical tours, and much more come together. It is Boston culture. There are 14 Restaurants and 36 international food vendors inside QUINCY MARKET, the largest food hall in New England. From Samuel Adams, to Bill Clinton, and Ted Kennedy speeches, the market place has been made history and will continue to reinvent itself in many more to come.
Info from: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
The House of Blues
Get ready to PARTY WITH A PURPOSE! 15 Lansdowne Street is a piece of Boston’s history and culture. It began as a garage to hold delivery horses, carriages, and trucks for the founder and owner of The Boston Globe, Eban Jordan. In 1969, 15 Lansdowne Street entered into the entertainment industry, opening the night club The Ark. Soon after, the legendary Boston Tea Party moved into the location. Both the Tea Party and its predecessor The Ark played host to many of rocks most celebrated acts such as Bob Dylan, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. From then on, 15 Lansdowne would stay one of the biggest pieces of music and culture in Boston, renaming the venue Boston-Boston, Metro, and CITI. In 1992 the Venue was reinvented as the nightclub Avalon. In 2009 the House of Blues opened its doors at 15 Lansdowne Street.
The original House of Blues was founded by Isaac Tigrett in historical Cambridge, Ma in 1992. A Tennessee native, Tigrett’s love for unique American art, the rural south, and rhythm and blues, gospel, and rock and roll was magnified with the Southern Culture, and delta-inspired food was the forte to the venue. The House of Blues’ mission has always been the same: A profitable, principled global entertainment company, and to celebrate the diversity and brotherhood of world culture, and to promote racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness, and non-violence. For over 40 years, 15 Lansdowne Street has been the anchor of this historic town musically. The House of Blues was founded just down the street from 15 Lansdowne. It was a match made in heaven for these venues to evolve into one, and will continue to add to Boston’s culture with great music, art, cuisine and history in Boston years to come.
Info from: www.houseofblues.com
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
The youngest of all locations,the BCEC is making history. The BCEC opened its doors in June 2004 and was one of the first public projects in Boston to be built on time and on budget. It is the largest convention center in the Northeast with 2.1 million square feet of flexible meeting space. It is located in the booming South Boston Waterfront, also known as the Innovation District, home to many start-ups, life sciences and financial organizations. The BCEC will host the PCMA Convening Leader’s Opening Reception. Make sure to check out the amazing view of the Boston Harbor and skyline from the third floor ballroom.