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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06/29/2020
06/22/2020

We're grateful to be recipients of funding from Mass Humanities, provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act of 2020! This funding allows us to continue our mission of engaging with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. #NEHCares

06/19/2020
Mount Auburn Cemetery

Curious about the history of Juneteenth? Check out this video made by our friends at Mount Auburn Cemetery, which shares the history of the holiday along with the stories of George Lewis Ruffin and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin. Josephine and George spent their time in the Greater Boston area, but their influence stretches well beyond the Bay State!

Today is Juneteenth, a day which aims to celebrate the ending of the institution of slavery in the United States. Today Corinne tells us a bit about the origins of Juneteenth and talks about the lives and legacy of the Ruffin family--a prominent Boston family of abolitionists and civil rights activists.

Find more information on Juneteenth here:
https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

Cantabrigians, what is YOUR wish for America's future? We're thrilled to be partners in Made By Us and we can't wait to ...
06/15/2020

Cantabrigians, what is YOUR wish for America's future? We're thrilled to be partners in Made By Us and we can't wait to read your wishes!

My Wish For U.S. invites YOU to share YOUR voice in shaping our nation’s future. History is happening now, and some of America’s most iconic institutions have joined forces in an unprecedented effort to listen to your hopes, concerns and visions for the next 250 years of U.S. history and develop ways to support you in addressing them. Start with the first step at MyWishForUS.com. #MyWishForUS

BLACK LIVES MATTER.We recognize that systemic racism exists in Cambridge and throughout the world. We firmly support the...
06/02/2020

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

We recognize that systemic racism exists in Cambridge and throughout the world. We firmly support the efforts of Black Cantabrigians and other people of color who are resisting in response to horrific police brutality, racial injustice, and white supremacy.

To ensure that our promises aren’t platitudes, we are currently engaging our staff and board in conversations about racism as we develop a clear, actionable plan to dismantle white supremacy in our institution and support anti-racist efforts throughout the city. We will be issuing a full statement and action plan soon.

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05/22/2020

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We're thrilled to be recording and sharing your stories. Have you added your voice to our Cambridge & COVID-19 collectio...
05/22/2020

We're thrilled to be recording and sharing your stories. Have you added your voice to our Cambridge & COVID-19 collection?

Share your story today (bit.ly/CovidCollection) and make sure to follow us on Instagram (instagram.com/cambridgehistorical) to see more of your neighbor's stories!

Made By Us
05/15/2020

Made By Us

Joyce Chen did fusion before fusion was cool. We might be totally drooling over Peking duck and hot and sour soup, but if you were the average American in the 1950s, your reaction would probably be more like “huh?” Chinese food wasn’t yet a widespread part of the US food scene the way it is today. But Joyce Chen would change that.

Chen opened her first restaurant in 1958 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began teaching Chinese cooking. When publishers refused to print her cookbook in color, Chen self-published. Less than a decade later, Joyce Chen Cooks aired on television in 1967, often filming in the same studio as Julia Child..

Chen introduced many Americans to the wok, and helped shape a beloved national cuisine starting in her own kitchen in her own neighborhood. Her son, Stephen Chen, recounted her story for Cambridge Historical Society: read more at https://bit.ly/35wY8Gm

What culinary revolutions might be waiting to happen right in your community?

Wondering how your voice can shape Cambridge's history during this turbulent time? Check out our article on Cambridge Da...
05/04/2020
Shaping things to come: Why Cambridge history matters during Covid-19, and how to play a role - Cambridge Day

Wondering how your voice can shape Cambridge's history during this turbulent time? Check out our article on Cambridge Day to learn more!

There are countless lessons to be learned from history, which is why it’s crucial that we tell our story. One day, in some unimaginable setting, many years from now, someone will look back to today. And consciously or not, they’ll be looking to learn from us.

Have you taken our Cambridge & COVID-19 survey? We are all living through the same pandemic, but we each experience it d...
04/08/2020

Have you taken our Cambridge & COVID-19 survey?

We are all living through the same pandemic, but we each experience it differently. What does life look like for you right now? What precautions are you taking? How are you feeling? Consider this a chance to add your voice to the historical record. Take the survey today: http://bit.ly/CambCOVID19

Are you a Cambridge resident? We want to learn about your experiences during the ongoing pandemic. How are you coping? Are you working remotely? What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread? Take our survey today and add your voice to the historical record: https://bit.ly/CambridgeCOVID19

Did you know that Jack Emerson, a Cantabrigian, was responsible for significant improvements to the iron lung and the cr...
03/30/2020

Did you know that Jack Emerson, a Cantabrigian, was responsible for significant improvements to the iron lung and the creation of other ventilation devices? Read about his contributions to the field of respiratory medicine here:
bit.ly/JJEmerson

Are you a Cambridge resident? We want to learn about your experiences during the ongoing pandemic. How are you coping? A...
03/26/2020

Are you a Cambridge resident? We want to learn about your experiences during the ongoing pandemic. How are you coping? Are you working remotely? What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread? Take our survey today and add your voice to the historical record: https://bit.ly/CambridgeCOVID19

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last week's Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting at the Cambridge Public Libra...
03/04/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last week's Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting at the Cambridge Public Library! We're so grateful to our speakers, Eva Martin-Blythe of the YWCA Cambridge and Diana Lempel, the Society's Doing History Curator. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who help make our events possible! Check out the recap here: https://cambridgehistory.org/news/2020-opening-conversation/

We're thrilled to see so many Cambridge Historical Society affiliates named as cultural visionaries! We extend a special...
03/04/2020
Cambridge celebrates 20 Cultural Visionaries in 2020

We're thrilled to see so many Cambridge Historical Society affiliates named as cultural visionaries!

We extend a special congratulations to Frank Kramer, longtime Society Council Member, as well as these Society members, supporters, and collaborators: Elsa Dorfman, Phyllis Bretholtz, Tunney Lee, Yo-Yo Ma, and Betsy Siggins.

The Cambridge Community Foundation focuses on the city’s cultural richness CAMBRIDGE, MA | February 27, 2020 The Cambridge Community Foundation has named 20 exceptional artists and creators as Cambridge Cultural Visionaries, recognizing, for the first time, a diverse and talented group of individu...

Are you experienced in research and committed to public history? Check out our Spring 2020 Programs Internship! Applicat...
01/17/2020
Opportunities | Cambridge Historical Society

Are you experienced in research and committed to public history? Check out our Spring 2020 Programs Internship! Applications are due January 24th.

Programs Intern Position Announcement January 2020 About the Society  From the American Revolution to the biotech revolution, the history of Cambridge is unlike that of any other city. Working with our Cambridge community, the Cambridge Historical Society connects our past to our present and future...

In these early days of 2020, we're reflecting on the importance of the year we just had. In 2019, we hosted twenty event...
01/03/2020

In these early days of 2020, we're reflecting on the importance of the year we just had. In 2019, we hosted twenty events with 750 attendees. We heard from Cambridge activists and scholars on issues that matter to them, and to our city as a whole. Read more about our work in 2019 here: bit.ly/2019atCHS

Thank you to everyone who assisted in making 2019 a year of listening, learning, and reflecting. We couldn’t do this work without our speakers, moderators, volunteers, collaborators, and sponsors. We’re honored to make history with all of you!

Stay tuned to hear more about our plans for 2020!

12/06/2019

Thank you to Bonny Lamb of Compass! Lamb's continued support helps us connect Cambridge's past with its present to pave the way for a better future.

12/01/2019

Thank you to Bigelow/Irving! Their continued support enables us to connect Cambridge’s past with its present to build a better future.

11/14/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night’s Fall Conversation! We are especially grateful to our speakers: Mary McNeil, Charlotte Ryan, and Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones.

Last night’s event would not have been possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers: Alex Li, Rayshauna Gray, Heli Meltsner, Frank Kramer, Christina DeYoung, and Amy Devin. Thanks also to Marissa Williams for photographing the event, and 22-CityView for filming. Thank you to Mack Caroll, Juan, and Maria at Capital One for their support.

And a special thanks to our hosts at University Lutheran Church, Cambridge - UniLu: Reverend Kathleen O’Keefe Reed, Jayms Battaglia, and An Nguyen!

11/06/2019

Thanks to the Petrowsky Jones Group at Compass for supporting the Cambridge Historical Society! With their help, we are able to provide thoughtful programming and preserve Cambridge's history.

Thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Serjeant Family Letters (1769-1840) were re...
11/05/2019

Thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Serjeant Family Letters (1769-1840) were recently transcribed and digitized! Learn more about the project and see the letters here: https://buff.ly/317SkzX #CambMA

11/01/2019

Thank you to Darwin's Ltd.! Their continued support allows us to connect Cambridge’s past with its present to create a better future.

Happy Halloween! We love that Cantabrigian Eleanor Stearns Whittemore held onto concert programs, tickets, and other eph...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! We love that Cantabrigian Eleanor Stearns Whittemore held onto concert programs, tickets, and other ephemera from her time in college, but we're on the fence about the Hallowe'en dinner she was served back in 1939. What do you think?

Have you registered for our 2019 Fall Conversation? Join us on November 13th as we invite Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Dr....
10/28/2019

Have you registered for our 2019 Fall Conversation? Join us on November 13th as we invite Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Dr. Charlotte Ryan, two radical educators and activists with Cambridge ties, to discuss what drives them to engage and how they do it. In dialogue with moderator Mary McNeil, they will discuss the issues that motivate them and tools we can use to make our own change here in Cambridge. This event concludes our 2019 theme "How Does Cambridge Engage?"

Register now: bit.ly/FallConv19

Have you registered for our Oral History Round Table? Join us on Tuesday, 10/22, at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House a...
10/17/2019
10/22/2019 |Oral History Round Table | Cambridge Historical Society

Have you registered for our Oral History Round Table? Join us on Tuesday, 10/22, at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House as our oral history team discusses what we’re learning about the pivotal role of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in supporting and empowering people of the Port neighborhood! The event will be filmed by The Loop Lab. Register Here: http://bit.ly/OHRound

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, 6-8 PM at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge for an update on our 2019 oral history project. Led by scholar Diana Lempel, you’ll hear from the project team and oral history narrators about what we’re learning from the narrators’ stor...

09/29/2019

Thank you to Bonny Lamb of Compass! Lamb's continued support helps us connect Cambridge's past with its present to pave the way for a better future.

Free event tonight! We're delighted to be co-hosting "Claiming our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rig...
09/25/2019
Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights

Free event tonight!

We're delighted to be co-hosting "Claiming our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights" with City of Cambridge (Official)! Register now and join us this evening as speakers Dr. Jennifer Guglielmo, Reverend Irene Monroe, and Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson engage us in a reflective dialogue about women’s rights across the 20th and 21st centuries! The event will be moderated by Andrea Asuaje.

Join us for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on the upcoming centennial of 19th Amendment.

We're delighted to be co-hosting "Claiming our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights" with the City o...
09/16/2019
Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights

We're delighted to be co-hosting "Claiming our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights" with the City of Cambridge (Official)! Register for this free event today and join us next Wednesday as speakers Dr. Jennifer Guglielmo, Reverend Irene Monroe, and Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson engage us in a reflective dialogue about women’s rights across the 20th and 21st centuries! The event will be moderated by Andrea Asuaje.

Join us for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on the upcoming centennial of 19th Amendment.

Thank you for your generous donation, Cambridge Savings Bank! Support like this helps us connect Cambridge's past and pr...
09/12/2019

Thank you for your generous donation, Cambridge Savings Bank! Support like this helps us connect Cambridge's past and present to build a better future.

We were glad to make a $5,000 donation to the Cambridge Historical Society in support of their November 13th, Fall Conversation, "How Can We Make Change Here?". Marieke Van Damme, CHS ED accepted the check from Ashwin Acharya, CSB Sr Branch Mgr, Harvard Square. For more information about this free event: https://cambridgehistory.org/news/fall-conversation-2019/

09/02/2019

Thank you to Bigelow/Irving! Their continued support enables us to connect Cambridge’s past with its present to build a better future.

08/09/2019

Thanks to the Petrowsky Jones Group at Compass for supporting the Cambridge Historical Society! With their help, we are able to provide thoughtful programming and preserve Cambridge's history.

07/28/2019

Thank you to Darwin's Ltd. Their continued support allows us to connect Cambridge’s past with its present to create a better future!

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