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Back Story: Learning history on the road

Back Story: Learning history on the road

Sharon Boston, media relations manager at University of Maryland Medical Center, normally spends her days fielding requests from the media. But when it comes to weekends and vacations, it's a safe bet that she's on the road, traveling to visit homes once occupied by presidents, writers and other historic personages.

Boston cheerfully bills these perambulations that she began in 2001 — some right here in her own backyard — "Nerd Trips."

She also writes an illustrated blog she fittingly calls, "Nerd Trips! Roads Less Traveled To Presidents, Poets, & Other Historic Persons."

"I do six or seven Nerd Trips a year, and I also do an annual girls...