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.

We're grateful and proud to have received a grant from Mass Humanities! With their generosity, we're working to record o...
04/19/2019

We're grateful and proud to have received a grant from Mass Humanities! With their generosity, we're working to record oral histories of affiliates of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.

A project led by formerly incarcerated women in Springfield, a program engaging high school students in the history and culture of Roxbury, and a tour on the life and activism of Waltham’s Robert Roberts are just a few of our latest grants. http://bit.ly/2FA4yJk

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night's History Café: Digital Engagement, with City Councillor Sumbul Siddi...
04/11/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night's History Café: Digital Engagement, with City Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui City Councillor Alanna Mallon and moderator Smarika Suwal. The event, held at Cambridge Community Television, drew a wonderful and engaged crowd!

To make sure you hear about our future events, sign up for our email list using the link in the top right-hand corner of our site: www.cambridgehistory.org

Photos by Marissa Kramer.

02/21/2019
How Does Cambridge Engage?

We're thrilled that CCTV Cambridge News filmed our 2019 Opening Conversation. You can enjoy the conversation between Dr. Karilyn Crockett and Diana Lempel here: https://vimeo.com/318282986

February 13, 2019, The Cambridge Historical Society hosted their opening conversation, "How does Cambridge engage?", a conversation between Dr. Karilyn…

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02/14/2019

Cambridge Historical Society

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting last night! We’re so lucky to have m...
02/14/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting last night! We’re so lucky to have members that will spend the evening thinking critically with us. Here’s to many more important discussions in 2019! #EngageCambridge

Not a member yet? Head to cambridgehistory.org/support/ today to make a tax-deductible donation that will help us continue to connect our past with our future.

Looking for the perfect last-minute (delicious) gift? Head over to our friend Spindler Confections on Mass Ave!Thank you...
12/24/2018
Spindler Confections

Looking for the perfect last-minute (delicious) gift? Head over to our friend Spindler Confections on Mass Ave!

Thank you, Jeremy, for your support of the Society this year, and for preserving Cambridge's candy-making history!

Candies and confections, hand made in Cambridge, MA

Wishing all of our friends, members, and supporters the Happiest of Holidays!
12/21/2018

Wishing all of our friends, members, and supporters the Happiest of Holidays!

We wanted to extend a big thank you to our 2018 lead sponsor IRB real estate for all your support in bringing public his...
12/13/2018

We wanted to extend a big thank you to our 2018 lead sponsor IRB real estate for all your support in bringing public history to Cambridge!

Don't forget about our 2018 Holiday Party on Tuesday! Hope to see you there! Register online at:https://www.eventbrite.c...
12/02/2018
2018 Holiday Party

Don't forget about our 2018 Holiday Party on Tuesday! Hope to see you there! Register online at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-holiday-party-tickets-51513449113

To our members and friends, Please join us for end-of-year fellowship, libations, music, and light refreshments. We encourage your most festive holiday attire! The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is not accessible.Limited street parking is available.

Did you know that today is #GivingTuesday? Support Cambridge Historical Society and we'll make history together! paypal....
11/27/2018

Did you know that today is #GivingTuesday? Support Cambridge Historical Society and we'll make history together! paypal.me/supportchs

Check out this great event in Cambridge this Wednesday evening!
11/26/2018

Check out this great event in Cambridge this Wednesday evening!

A big thank you to everyone who came out last Tuesday and supported our final event of the year! Hope you all join us fo...
11/18/2018

A big thank you to everyone who came out last Tuesday and supported our final event of the year! Hope you all join us for our 2019 events!

We are so excited for the screening and discussion with the filmmakers of "Jahar" tomorrow night! Have you purchased you...
11/12/2018
History Café 5: "Jahar"

We are so excited for the screening and discussion with the filmmakers of "Jahar" tomorrow night! Have you purchased your ticket yet? It's not too late! Register at https://historycafe5jahar.eventbrite.com

What do you do when your classmate, friend and neighbor -- a Cambridge Rindge and Latin high schooler -- turns out to be responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that shook the world? Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, high school classmates of Dzohkhar Tsarnaev explore these questions in....

Get ready for our big event on Tuesday! Join our moderator for the evening, Robin Young, host of NPR's Here & Now, discu...
11/12/2018

Get ready for our big event on Tuesday! Join our moderator for the evening, Robin Young, host of NPR's Here & Now, discuss the film "Jahar" with the filmmakers! Register online at https://historycafe5jahar.eventbrite.com.

Have you registered for our final event of the year? It's not too late! Come hear filmmaker, Henry Hayes, discuss his th...
11/09/2018

Have you registered for our final event of the year? It's not too late! Come hear filmmaker, Henry Hayes, discuss his thoughts on #FromCambridge and how the community came together after a tragedy. Register online at https://historycafe5jahar.eventbrite.com

We are only one week away from our final #FromCambridge event of the year! Join us on Nov. 13th at 6:30pm to see the scr...
11/06/2018

We are only one week away from our final #FromCambridge event of the year! Join us on Nov. 13th at 6:30pm to see the screening of "Jahar" and hear from one of the filmmakers, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, talk about his experiences creating the film! Register online at https://historycafe5jahar.eventbrite.com

A big thank you to all those who joined us for our Fall Symposium last Thursday! We truly appreciate all the generative ...
10/30/2018

A big thank you to all those who joined us for our Fall Symposium last Thursday! We truly appreciate all the generative discussion from our audience, panel, and moderator! If you are excited to continue the discussion, check out our next History Café: "Jahar" on November 13th! Register at https://historycafe5jahar.eventbrite.com

10/24/2018

Thank you to our Fall Symposium sponsors! Alexandria Real Estate, Alnylam, Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust, Capital One Café, and North Cambridge Co-Operative Bank! #FromCambridge

We wanted to extend a big thanks to IRB for all their incredible support that allows us to continue creating programming...
10/22/2018

We wanted to extend a big thanks to IRB for all their incredible support that allows us to continue creating programming that engages with the people of Cambridge!

Only have 5 days left until our Fall Symposium! Come take part in the conversation with Nestor Pimenta from the Harvard ...
10/21/2018

Only have 5 days left until our Fall Symposium! Come take part in the conversation with Nestor Pimenta from the Harvard Divinity School and University Lutheran Church and share your thoughts on how to make Cambridge a more welcoming space for all! Register at https://fallsymposiumwhereiscambridgefrom.eventbrite.com #FromCambridge #sanctuarycity

Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission, will be one of our speakers for the Fall Symposiu...
10/20/2018

Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission, will be one of our speakers for the Fall Symposium on Oct. 25th at 6:00pm! We invite you to join! Register at http://tiny.cc/CHStix #FromCambridge

We are only one week away from our 2018 Fall Symposium! It is still not too late to get tickets! Register at https://fal...
10/18/2018
Fall Symposium "Where is Cambridge From?"

We are only one week away from our 2018 Fall Symposium! It is still not too late to get tickets! Register at https://fallsymposiumwhereiscambridgefrom.eventbrite.com and get ready for an exciting night! Hope to see you all there! #FromCambridge

The Past and Present of Immigration and Sanctuary Who is Welcome and Safe Here? Panel discussion featuring Christine Elow, Cambridge Police; Nestor Pimienta, Harvard Divinity School; and Charles Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission. Moderated by Reverend Irene Monroe. Featuring a storytelling i...

Hear one of our speakers for the night, Cambridge Police Superintendent, Christine Elow answer how to make Cambridge a m...
10/15/2018

Hear one of our speakers for the night, Cambridge Police Superintendent, Christine Elow answer how to make Cambridge a more welcoming and safe city for all. Register for our Fall Symposium on October 25th at https://fallsymposiumwhereiscambridgefrom.eventbrite.com/
#FromCambridge #CambMA

How can we make Cambridge a more welcoming and safe city for all? Join our moderator for the night, journalist and minis...
10/12/2018

How can we make Cambridge a more welcoming and safe city for all? Join our moderator for the night, journalist and minister, Reverend Irene Monroe at the Fall Symposium on October 25th at 6:00 PM! Register at https://fallsymposiumwhereiscambridgefrom.eventbrite.com/
#FromCambridge #CambMA

Where is Cambridge From? Join us on October 25th @ 6:00 PM for an evening exploring immigration, identity, sanctuary and...
10/02/2018
Fall Symposium "Where is Cambridge From?"

Where is Cambridge From? Join us on October 25th @ 6:00 PM for an evening exploring immigration, identity, sanctuary and welcoming in the city of #Cambridge register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-symposium-where-is-cambridge-from-tickets-49953184319
#FromCambridge #community #sanctuarycity

The Past and Present of Immigration and Sanctuary Who is Welcome and Safe Here? Panel discussion featuring Christine Elow, Cambridge Police; Nestor Pimienta, Harvard Divinity School; and Charles Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission. Moderated by Reverend Irene Monroe. Featuring a storytelling i...

#onthisday in 1938 a huge and destructive hurricane hit New England. The photo shows men removing a large poplar tree fe...
09/21/2018

#onthisday in 1938 a huge and destructive hurricane hit New England. The photo shows men removing a large poplar tree felled by the storm on Elmwood Street. #archives #publichistory http://ow.ly/nPC230lwLsN

Thank you to Cambridge Savings Bank! Their generous support allows us to continue providing innovative programming and e...
09/18/2018

Thank you to Cambridge Savings Bank! Their generous support allows us to continue providing innovative programming and engaging with the Cambridge community.

#throwbackthursday Brattle Street in the 1880s, when you could ride your horse down the street! #archives #publichistory...
09/13/2018

#throwbackthursday Brattle Street in the 1880s, when you could ride your horse down the street! #archives #publichistory http://ow.ly/sYE030lwM9B

IRB Real Estate has been a continual and generous supporter. Thank you for helping us provide meaningful programming to ...
09/07/2018

IRB Real Estate has been a continual and generous supporter. Thank you for helping us provide meaningful programming to the Cambridge community!

Today is #LaborDay. Here are some women workers in the Squirrel Brand factory. http://ow.ly/J5wS30lwL9T #archives #publi...
09/03/2018

Today is #LaborDay. Here are some women workers in the Squirrel Brand factory. http://ow.ly/J5wS30lwL9T #archives #publichistory #CambMa

This week we want to thank Cambridge Savings Bank. Their generous, ongoing support makes what we do possible!
08/31/2018

This week we want to thank Cambridge Savings Bank. Their generous, ongoing support makes what we do possible!

Happy birthday to Fireside Poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.! He was born #onthisday in 1809. #archives #publichistory htt...
08/29/2018

Happy birthday to Fireside Poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.! He was born #onthisday in 1809. #archives #publichistory http://ow.ly/ff5U30lwKHg

Thank you to IRB Real Estate for their continuing and generous support! They make it possible for us to continue to offe...
08/24/2018

Thank you to IRB Real Estate for their continuing and generous support! They make it possible for us to continue to offer innovative and meaningful programming.

#throwbackthursday Famous Shakespearean actress Julia Marlow in 1893.  #TBT #archives #publichistory http://ow.ly/f7dF30...
08/23/2018

#throwbackthursday Famous Shakespearean actress Julia Marlow in 1893. #TBT #archives #publichistory http://ow.ly/f7dF30lwKpZ

#flashbackfriday: check out the ca. 1910 fashion on display at a benefit for the Women's Municipal League at the Larches...
08/03/2018

#flashbackfriday: check out the ca. 1910 fashion on display at a benefit for the Women's Municipal League at the Larches. https://bit.ly/2n8dVWD #archives #publichistory #CambMA

We saw this Cambridge Chronicle article this morning (http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20180731/city-manager-jerrys...
08/02/2018
The Downside of Progress | Cambridge Historical Society

We saw this Cambridge Chronicle article this morning (http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20180731/city-manager-jerrys-pond-not-eligible-for-epa-grant),
and it reminded us of our #DidYouKnow blog post written by Doug Brown last year, as part of our 2017 theme exploring Cambridge's manufacturing history, (https://cambridgehistory.org/research/the-downside-of-progress/) which considers the legacies of our manufacturing past found in our local environment.

The Downside of Progress By Doug Brown   Cambridge has made a lot of things over the centuries, not all of them valuable. Our manufacturing history has its dirty, dangerous downside, and dealing with the hazards and by-products of production has always been a challenge in this jam-packed, 7.1-squar...

Today we want to thank the Cambridge Savings Bank for their generous and ongoing support which allows us to continue to ...
07/27/2018

Today we want to thank the Cambridge Savings Bank for their generous and ongoing support which allows us to continue to provide relevant and exciting programming.

Thank you to everyone who attended our History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People on Tuesday! A special thank...
07/26/2018

Thank you to everyone who attended our History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People on Tuesday! A special thanks as well to the two wonderful speakers who made the event what it was: Katherine Howe, author, and Ed Rodley, CHS board member. #FromCambridge #HistoryCafe

Out of Town News and trolleys in Harvard Square circa 1922. https://bit.ly/2uTY6qU #CambMa #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #arch...
07/26/2018

Out of Town News and trolleys in Harvard Square circa 1922. https://bit.ly/2uTY6qU #CambMa #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #archives #publichistory

07/25/2018

Catch the Cambridge Women's Commission and City of Cambridge Community Development Department (Official) at their next Get Energized Walk on August 1: Library Leads the Way - Literary Figures (Meet at Main Library, 449 Broadway, 12pm-1pm). Open to everyone – City employees and the general public! http://www.cambridgewomenscommission.org/events.php

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