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Filmmakers and tour company launch New England ‘Hidden Gems’ trip

Clockwise from above, stops on the Tauck tour “Hidden Gems of New England”: Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, where he lived from 1874-91, is a museum;
Clockwise from above, stops on the Tauck tour “Hidden Gems of New England”: Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, where he lived from 1874-91, is a museum; CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM; HARRIET BEECHER STOWE CENTER (TOP LEFT); FAYFOTO, BOSTON; FAYFOTO, BOSTON; COURTESY OF TAUCK; TAUCK; MARK TWAIN HOUSE & mUSEUM; TAUCK

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HARTFORD — Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan started with a blank slate that stretched across New England. From the far northeastern reaches of Maine to the southwestern tip of Connecticut, from postcard-perfect villages to historic figures, everything was in play. They looked at maps and deliberated. Then, as Burns said, they “really agonized” over how the whole project would come together, repeatedly questioning the content, the narrative themes, the sights and sounds.

What should a tour of New England include? Where would they find people and places that told great stories? How could two men famed for documentaries on the Civil War, jazz, baseball, and national parks focus their creative process on their home region?

The answer: the Hidden Gems of New England tour for Tauck tours.

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