Cambridge Historical Society

Cambridge Historical Society We are your source for Cambridge History. www.cambridgehistory.org/membership We are Cambridge history. We inspire interest in and enthusiasm for the Cambridge experience; its changing landscapes and neighborhoods; its workers and thinkers; its daily life and innovative contributions to the nation.

We are a resource for everyone who wants to know about Cambridge and its history. We collect and preserve Cambridge history in many forms and seek to make it widely available through exhibits; online communities; access to our archives and collections; vibrant public programs; and publications.

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We are touring Starlight Square today to prep for our upcoming event: Cambridge Love Letters. Can’t wait to take the sta...
05/06/2021

We are touring Starlight Square today to prep for our upcoming event: Cambridge Love Letters. Can’t wait to take the stage to share love letters, past and present, drawn from the attic and basement and lawn kept diaries of Cantabrigians just like you!

Share the love! Submit your love letters: https://cambridgehistory.org/featured/cambridge-love-letters/

#CambridgeLoveLetters #LocalHistory

We are touring Starlight Square today to prep for our upcoming event: Cambridge Love Letters. Can’t wait to take the stage to share love letters, past and present, drawn from the attic and basement and lawn kept diaries of Cantabrigians just like you!

Share the love! Submit your love letters: https://cambridgehistory.org/featured/cambridge-love-letters/

#CambridgeLoveLetters #LocalHistory

Psst.... Keep your eyes on us. Big changes are coming to Cambridge Historical Society.#reinventing #localhistory #cambma...
05/05/2021

Psst.... Keep your eyes on us. Big changes are coming to Cambridge Historical Society.

#reinventing #localhistory #cambma #bigchanges #histcamb
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Psst.... Keep your eyes on us. Big changes are coming to Cambridge Historical Society.

#reinventing #localhistory #cambma #bigchanges #histcamb
Cambridge Historical Commission, Cambridge Day, Cambridge Chronicle, City of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television, YWCA Cambridge City of Cambridge (Official) Cambridge Local First

Share your love letters with us! We’re searching for the heartfelt, the humorous, the angst-ridden, the joyous. Mine the...
05/05/2021

Share your love letters with us! We’re searching for the heartfelt, the humorous, the angst-ridden, the joyous. Mine the treasures of your past or write something new about what the city, its people and its institutions mean to you. https://buff.ly/3tnqEoj #cambridgeloveletters

Share your love letters with us! We’re searching for the heartfelt, the humorous, the angst-ridden, the joyous. Mine the treasures of your past or write something new about what the city, its people and its institutions mean to you. https://buff.ly/3tnqEoj #cambridgeloveletters

May 21 at 5 pm: Tiya Miles presents The Black Experience in 18th Century Cambridge. Professor Miles teaches History at t...
05/03/2021
History Café: The Black Experience in Early Cambridge | Cambridge Historical Society

May 21 at 5 pm: Tiya Miles presents The Black Experience in 18th Century Cambridge. Professor Miles teaches History at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

History Cafés are lively conversations with history experts, bringing their perspective to timely topics in unique settings around Cambridge. Sessions take place via Zoom, and we have some engaging topics coming up that you won't want to miss. Made possible by The Society of the Cincinnati. Register now.

This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities. Hosted by Eshe Sherley, History Cambridge intern.

Cambridge Historical Commission Mass Humanities Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site Cambridge Day Tiya Miles

#historycafe #localhistory #cambma

What was life like for Black Cantabrigians in the Revolutionary Era? How did American independence affect their experience in the city, and in what ways were they able to carve out spaces for themselves, forming ties with one another and creating religious, social and economic networks to support ea...

05/01/2021

If you love #podcasts and politics with a side of reality tv / book recommendations / realness, you will love the podcast Vice-Mayor Alanna Mallon and I host. Catch up on all our episodes of “Women Are Here” 👉🏾 http://bit.ly/WomenAreHereEpisodes 🎧

04/30/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: CNA Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Thursday, April 29 6:00pm - Neighborhood Development & Zoning in Cambridge. Register for Zoom link: https://buff.ly/3e38DXM

Charles Sullivan, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, will present on local history of zoning and development. He will outline the effect that municipal intervention had on the originally unconstrained organic growth of Cambridge neighborhoods, beginning with sanitary and fire codes in the late 19th century and continuing with the adoption of zoning, slum clearance, urban renewal, and comprehensive planning in the 20th century.

#cambma #zoning #neighborhoods #localhistory #history

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: CNA Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Congratulations to these extraordinary students!
04/28/2021

Congratulations to these extraordinary students!

We’d like to congratulate the 134 high school students who were recently inducted into the Derry-Wood Chapter of the National Honor Society! Candidates selected by members of the CRLS National Honor Society Faculty Council exhibit excellence in scholarship, character, leadership and service.

“I think our work is really going to help move the city to think differently,” said Tony Clark, president of My Brother'...
04/25/2021
My Brother’s Keeper provides vaccine access, education to Cambridge’s underserved

“I think our work is really going to help move the city to think differently,” said Tony Clark, president of My Brother's Keeper, Cambridge. “I’m really excited about where we are and where we can go.”

“I think our work is really going to help move the city to think differently,” said Tony Clark, founder of My Brother's Keeper, Cambridge.

This #earthday, we are thinking about how Cambridge has approached the environment. Here a couple of posts we've written...
04/22/2021
environmental issues | Cambridge Historical Society

This #earthday, we are thinking about how Cambridge has approached the environment. Here a couple of posts we've written on the subject: https://buff.ly/3n9mA9A #environment #earthday2021 #gogreen

A Brief History of Zoning in Cambridge By Doug Brown, 2016 Just as we have a place for everything in a well-ordered home, so we should have a place for everything in a well-regulated town. What would we think of a housewife who insisted on keeping her gas range in the parlor and her piano in the kit...

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to help make a difference for the environment?#earthday #earthday2021 #environment #...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to help make a difference for the environment?
#earthday #earthday2021 #environment #gogreen

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to help make a difference for the environment?
#earthday #earthday2021 #environment #gogreen

Did you know? It's  National Volunteer Week, when we celebrate all the invaluable contributions that volunteers make to ...
04/21/2021

Did you know? It's National Volunteer Week, when we celebrate all the invaluable contributions that volunteers make to the countless organizations they champion.

So much of what we do relies on volunteer power, and we want to recognize our volunteers. You are what makes us shine. Thank you for all you do!

#localhistory #cambma #historycambridge #volunteer #volunteerpower #nationalvolunteerweek #gratitude

Did you know? It's National Volunteer Week, when we celebrate all the invaluable contributions that volunteers make to the countless organizations they champion.

So much of what we do relies on volunteer power, and we want to recognize our volunteers. You are what makes us shine. Thank you for all you do!

#localhistory #cambma #historycambridge #volunteer #volunteerpower #nationalvolunteerweek #gratitude

Did You Know? Statues, plaques and memorials across the city commemorate people and events from its nearly 400 years of ...
04/19/2021
Self-guided tour No. 3 leads to Prince Hall stones and other monuments, memorials of Cambridge - Cambridge Day

Did You Know? Statues, plaques and memorials across the city commemorate people and events from its nearly 400 years of settlement. But who decides what is worthy of commemoration, and how does the memorial landscape of the city reinforce certain narratives of Cambridge history and exclude others?

Beth Folsom writes for the Cambridge Historical Society at https://bit.ly/3eczW0R. #CambMA Cambridge Day

Statues, plaques and memorials across the city commemorate people and events from its nearly 400 years of settlement. But who decides what is worthy of commemoration, and how does the memorial landscape of the city reinforce certain narratives of Cambridge history and exclude others?

As part of their Podcast Series: Exploring Black Arts, Culture & History in Cambridgeport, Black History in Action for C...
04/17/2021
Conversation with Dr. Kerri Greenidge: “A People's History of Black Cambridge and Boston” — Black History in Action for Cambridgeport

As part of their Podcast Series: Exploring Black Arts, Culture & History in Cambridgeport, Black History in Action for Cambridgeport is hosting a Conversation with Dr. Kerri Greenidge: “A People's History of Black Cambridge and Boston” on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 5:00 PM 6:00 PM Learn more:

Part of our St. Augustine’s Alive! Podcast Series: Exploring Black Arts, Culture & History in Cambridgeport Join for a lively conversation with an opportunity for audience Q&A. Register for the webinar here or watch at our page here .

Yesterday we hosted 9 Cambridge Plant & Garden Club members, who spent all morning working in our garden. Leaves were ra...
04/14/2021

Yesterday we hosted 9 Cambridge Plant & Garden Club members, who spent all morning working in our garden. Leaves were raked, perennial beds detailed, and shrubs pruned. We are so grateful for their hard work! Thank you to Maggie Booz, Janet Burns, Liz Coxe, Lulu Davis, Sandra Fairbank, Brigitte Huber, Annette LaMond, Magda McCormick, Elizabeth Michelon.
#gardening #cambma #gratitude

Ramadan Kareem to all who celebrate.#ramadan #ramadankareem #ramadanmubarak #happyramadan
04/13/2021

Ramadan Kareem to all who celebrate.
#ramadan #ramadankareem #ramadanmubarak #happyramadan

Ramadan Kareem to all who celebrate.
#ramadan #ramadankareem #ramadanmubarak #happyramadan

Caitlin Hopkins, Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University, was our guest speaker at our first Tory Row A...
04/13/2021
Tutorial: Using Online Resources to Research British Slaveowners

Caitlin Hopkins, Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University, was our guest speaker at our first Tory Row Anti-Racism (TRAC) meeting on April 7. Here she outlines how to use online resources to research British slaveowners. This tutorial walks you through two resources: Legacies of British Slaveownership and the 1813-1834 Slave Registries held in the UK National Archives.

https://buff.ly/3wPEAKH
#localhistory #cambma #enslavement #american #history

This tutorial walks through two resources: Legacies of British Slaveownership and the 1813-1834 Slave Registries held in the UK National Archives (and digiti...

Our latest on Cambridge Day - take a self-guided tour of Central Square, a hub of local activism and civic engagement. #...
04/12/2021

Our latest on Cambridge Day - take a self-guided tour of Central Square, a hub of local activism and civic engagement. #localhistory #activism #cambma #histcambridge #selfguidedtour

https://buff.ly/3tcNxvo

Our latest on Cambridge Day - take a self-guided tour of Central Square, a hub of local activism and civic engagement. #localhistory #activism #cambma #histcambridge #selfguidedtour

https://buff.ly/3tcNxvo

Our friends at Cambridge Public Library are hosting Linked Descendants: African American Genealogy Prior to 1870 tomorro...
04/07/2021
Linked Descendants: African American Genealogy Prior to 1870

Our friends at Cambridge Public Library are hosting Linked Descendants: African American Genealogy Prior to 1870 tomorrow. Register: https://buff.ly/3sKoQ9e
#blackhistory #localhistory #cambma #africanamericanhistory

Join us for a workshop with Sharon Leslie Morgan, renowned genealogist and founder of Our Black Ancestry, as we delve into African American ancestry before abolition. Researching African American families p...

#ICYMI watch The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge with Deputy Superintendent Pauline Well...
04/05/2021
The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge

#ICYMI watch The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge with Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells of the Cambridge Police Department. https://youtu.be/kD1ZaNx-Vug

#cambma #handwork #covid19 #pandemic #masks #handwork #localhistory

In this program, Cambridge Historical Society peers into our archives to discuss the legacy of the Basket Club and how Cantabrigians created handmade donatio...

Many Americans know John Adams. But few may realize there was another man, a free Black man, who was just as transformat...
04/03/2021
A Forgotten Black Founding Father

Many Americans know John Adams. But few may realize there was another man, a free Black man, who was just as transformative a force. His name was Prince Hall.

Last night's event, The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge, was fantastic. Programs Manager...
04/02/2021

Last night's event, The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge, was fantastic. Programs Manager Beth Folsom kicked things off by asking what everyone's favorite mask is. One attendee held up her lobster-patterned mask, made by her mother-in-law.

Special guest Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells of the Cambridge Police Department shared some fascinating and heartwarming stories about her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wells estimated that the Cambridge PD gave out over 30,000 masks through the first few months of the pandemic. "It's the hardest I've ever worked in my life," she said.

Wells shared the story of a couple from West Cambridge. She remembered that the husband was a cab driver who served as a translator in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and asked if his wife could make masks for the police department. She delivered 400 handmade masks that had "Cambridge Police" emblazoned on them.

"They were people of meager means, helping us at the police department," said Wells.

#covid19 #pandemic #cambma #cambridgepolice #handwork #masks #handmade

Last night's event, The Basket Club and Mask-Making: The Fabric of Mending in Cambridge, was fantastic. Programs Manager Beth Folsom kicked things off by asking what everyone's favorite mask is. One attendee held up her lobster-patterned mask, made by her mother-in-law.

Special guest Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells of the Cambridge Police Department shared some fascinating and heartwarming stories about her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wells estimated that the Cambridge PD gave out over 30,000 masks through the first few months of the pandemic. "It's the hardest I've ever worked in my life," she said.

Wells shared the story of a couple from West Cambridge. She remembered that the husband was a cab driver who served as a translator in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and asked if his wife could make masks for the police department. She delivered 400 handmade masks that had "Cambridge Police" emblazoned on them.

"They were people of meager means, helping us at the police department," said Wells.

#covid19 #pandemic #cambma #cambridgepolice #handwork #masks #handmade

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