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History Cambridge History Cambridge engages with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. 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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Photos from Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui's post
10/08/2021

Photos from Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui's post

If you like #HCHistoryHive, you're gonna love this! Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition th...
10/07/2021
Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 in the United States - Wikimedia Commons

If you like #HCHistoryHive, you're gonna love this! Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition that invites the global community to document and preserve historic sites around the world on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

Learn More: https://buff.ly/3ae0ugy
#history #localhistory #monuments #photography

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition that invites the global community to document and preserve historic sites around the world on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

A big thank you to CambridgeSeven, our Fall Conversation sponsor. We couldn't do this work without you! Join us on Novem...
10/07/2021

A big thank you to CambridgeSeven, our Fall Conversation sponsor. We couldn't do this work without you! Join us on November 15 at 7 pm ET via Zoom for How Has Food Mended Cambridge? We'll be joined by special guestsDr. Merry White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, Dr. Megan Alias, Director of the Gastronomy Program at Boston University, and Gus Rancatore, Cambridge restaurateur and author. Tickets are free! Register: https://buff.ly/3DmrEhG

We're proud recipients of the SHARP Grant. Grateful to Mass Humanities for their generosity!
10/07/2021

We're proud recipients of the SHARP Grant. Grateful to Mass Humanities for their generosity!

Through funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Humanities's #SHARP grants will help nonprofit organizations in the #Northeast Region of #Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth rebuild from the impact of COVID. Read the full list of grantees: https://bit.ly/300kUrB Congressman Seth Moulton Congresswoman Lori Trahan

#SHARP Grantees of the #Northeast: Danvers Alarm List Coy Lawrence History Center Museum of Old Newbury Westford Museum & Historical Society Wenham Museum Andover Center for History & Culture Peabody Historical Society & Museum Hammond Castle Museum Stoneham Historical Society and Museum Amesbury Carriage Museum Danvers Historical Society The House of the Seven Gables Salem Athenaeum Maritime Gloucester

#IndigenousPeoplesDay
10/06/2021

#IndigenousPeoplesDay

Join me in front of the Cambridge Public Library tomorrow at 11am for a story time! We'll be reading books in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Check out other events happening in the area for Indigenous Peoples' Day here: https://bit.ly/3adWc8X

In addition to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, Maya Lin designed the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research...
10/06/2021

In addition to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, Maya Lin designed the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research at 250 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge.
#localhistory #architecture #CambMA

Happy 62nd birthday to acclaimed American architect and artist Maya Lin! As a 21-year-old undergraduate at Yale in 1981, Maya Lin's design was selected for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions. Her famous memorial features a black cut-stone masonry wall with the names of 58,300 fallen soldiers etched into its face. The American Institute of Architects has ranked it as number 10 on their list of America's Favorite Architecture. Lin, who continues to work today as an architectural designer and artist, also designed the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama among many other works.

To share her story with children, Maya Lin is the subject of the inspiring picture book, "Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines," for ages 5 to 9 at https://www.amightygirl.com/maya-lin-light-and-lines

She is also featured in two compilation books for children: "Little Feminist" for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/little-feminist-picture-book) and "Women Artists A to Z" for ages 6 to 10 (https://www.amightygirl.com/women-artists-a-to-z)

For adults who would like to learn more about this pioneering architect, we recommend her visually stunning book "Boundaries" at http://amzn.to/1WHhLAo

To learn about about heroic women who served during the Vietnam War, we also recommend "Courageous Women of the Vietnam War" for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, at https://www.amightygirl.com/courageous-women-of-the-vietnam-war

And, for fun ways to inspire the architects and builders of tomorrow, we've showcased our favorite girl-empowering building toys in our blog post: “Building Her Dreams: Top 60 Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10430

So proud of Dr. Tiya Miles, one of our past History Café presenters. Congratulations on this honor - well deserved! Watc...
10/06/2021
Finalists Announced for This Year’s National Book Awards

So proud of Dr. Tiya Miles, one of our past History Café presenters. Congratulations on this honor - well deserved!

Watch History Café with Dr. Tiya Miles: Harriet Jacobs and the World of Abolitionist Cambridge Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqHEY_74xw&t=230s

#blackhistory #enslavement #abolition #womenshistory #AmericanHistory #CambMA

Five books are now shortlisted for each of the five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature. Winners will be named in November.

#HCHistoryHive, we've got another one for you: Do you know who owned the first gas station in Cambridge? Help us solve i...
10/06/2021

#HCHistoryHive, we've got another one for you: Do you know who owned the first gas station in Cambridge? Help us solve it!
Cambridge Historical Commission Cambridge Community Television Cambridge Public Library
#localhistory #cambma

#HCHistoryHive, we've got another one for you: Do you know who owned the first gas station in Cambridge? Help us solve it!
Cambridge Historical Commission Cambridge Community Television Cambridge Public Library
#localhistory #cambma

We are excited to announce that History Cambridge is the recipient of two grants that were generously awarded by Mass Hu...
10/05/2021
History Cambridge Continues Anti-Racism Work With Two New Grants from Mass Humanities | History Cambridge

We are excited to announce that History Cambridge is the recipient of two grants that were generously awarded by Mass Humanities, both of which will allow us to continue our anti-racism work. The first is a #blackhistory grant that will support four programs coming in 2022. The second is a SHARP grant that will fund our website redesign, a project that will help Cambridge history be more accessible to anyone who's interested. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3B141KJ

Many thanks to Mass Humanities and Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward J. Markey for all their work on behalf of the humanities community in Massachusetts.

#localhistory #blackhistory #americanhistory #cambma

Mass Humanities has awarded two grants to History Cambridge that will help us continue our anti-racism work that we began in earnest in 2020 with our new Strategic Plan. The first is a Black History grant in the amount of $11,726 that will help us bring Untold Stories of Black Cambridge to the commu...

Did You Know? Cambridge had its own little Suez Canal crises back when Cambridgeport was still The PortMichael Kenney wr...
10/05/2021
Cambridge had its own little Suez Canal crises back when Cambridgeport was still The Port - Cambridge Day

Did You Know? Cambridge had its own little Suez Canal crises back when Cambridgeport was still The Port

Michael Kenney writes for us at https://bit.ly/3D5psem. #CambMA

An early 20th century photograph of the schooner Henry Endicott heading up the Charles River toward the Broad Canal stands as evidence that there was a time when the “port” in “Cambridgeport” had real meaning. The Henry Endicott was a 192-foot, three-masted schooner built in Bath, Maine, in ...

Join us on Saturday, October 23, for our newest in-person guided tour, Food and Mending in Central Square. As a source o...
10/02/2021
Guided Tour: Food and Mending in Central Square | History Cambridge

Join us on Saturday, October 23, for our newest in-person guided tour, Food and Mending in Central Square. As a source of both physical and emotional sustenance, food is intricately tied to our survival as individuals and as a community. During the twentieth century, food also played an important role as a means by which Cantabrigians could learn about and connect with their neighbors across racial, ethnic and class lines. Graduate students from the Boston University Gastronomy Program will lead us in a tour of Central Square, highlighting locations and moments in Cambridge history in which the sharing of a diverse array of ethnic cuisines helped to raise awareness and understanding of the area's rich cultural mosaic.

What: Guided Tour: Food and Mending in Central Square
When: Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm
Where: Central Square (details will be shared with registered participants)
Cost: $10

Register:
#localhistory #HCtours #food #dining #culture #cambma

When: Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pmWhere: Central Square (details will be shared with registered participants) Cost: $10 Please join us for guided tour of Food and Mending in Central Square! As a source of both physical and emotional sustenance, food is intricately tied to our survival as individu...

Our friends at Cambridge Office for Tourism were kind enough to share our book tour. Turn the page to learn more…
10/01/2021

Our friends at Cambridge Office for Tourism were kind enough to share our book tour. Turn the page to learn more…

Have you heard it’s National Book Month? You can book it around Cambridge to trace the steps of writers and fictional characters curated by History Cambridge. Take a page from their book! Try the self-guided tour, Cambridge Through the Pages: smarturl.it/cttp.

📷: @charlescherney (Instagram)

Did You Know? Brilliant, eloquent, strict, caring, dignified, dedicated, revolutionary – some of the words often express...
09/27/2021
Suzanne Revaleon Green has tales of May Parties, Magazine Beach and 'pungs.' Meet her here first. - Cambridge Day

Did You Know? Brilliant, eloquent, strict, caring, dignified, dedicated, revolutionary – some of the words often expressed to describe Suzanne Revaleon Green by those who knew her. Meet her here before reading her stories of Cambridge over the past 90 years.

Paula Paris writes for History Cambridge at https://bit.ly/3AKAMMr. #CambMA

Suzanne Revaleon Green’s personal account of “Growing Up on Worcester Street” remembers World War I’s armistice and a time kids would wear metal roller skates, go swimming at Magazine Beach and participate in the lost rituals of May Parties, and when homes with coal stoves got daily deliveri...

Our weekly Did You Know? tops the Cambridge Day weekly recap. At age 20, Sara Chapman was married in a semi-secret cerem...
09/27/2021
What's new on Cambridge Day

Our weekly Did You Know? tops the Cambridge Day weekly recap. At age 20, Sara Chapman was married in a semi-secret ceremony in Norway to a 60-year-old renowned concert violinist Ole Bull. Things only got more interesting from there. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3kIM8eg

#CambMA #WestCamb #localhistory#HCdidyouknow #womenshistory

Jazz band parade honors Cambridge legend Bob Moses
09/25/2021
Jazz band parade honors Cambridge legend Bob Moses

Jazz band parade honors Cambridge legend Bob Moses

Musicians and mourners from New Orleans led a New Orleans-style jazz band parade through the streets of Central Square in honor of civil rights leader Bob Moses of Cambridge, Sept. 25, 2021. Moses, 86, a beloved Cambridge legend, died July 25 in Hollywood, Florida.

Calling all #HCHistoryHive members! We were recently asked about John Wayne's visit to Harvard in 1974. The news report ...
09/23/2021
John Wayne visits the Harvard Lampoon

Calling all #HCHistoryHive members! We were recently asked about John Wayne's visit to Harvard in 1974. The news report from the time said that there was a crowd of a thousand people to greet Wayne. Were you there? What do you remember?

https://buff.ly/3kzFKFZ
#harvard #cambma #localhistory
Harvard University @johnwayne

More from the New York Post: https://buff.ly/3o4FAIO

Wayne takes on ... college kids

Dr. Bob Moses was a civil rights leader, a defender of fair education, a mediator for change, a beloved Cambridge commun...
09/20/2021
Bob Moses Community Celebration @ Starlight Square

Dr. Bob Moses was a civil rights leader, a defender of fair education, a mediator for change, a beloved Cambridge community member, and more. A celebration of his life will take place at Starlight Square on September 25. RSVP for tickets or watch the Facebook Livestream. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3znqTm9
The Algebra Project @ypp.page
#activism #bobmoses #localhistory #cambma

Empowering youth and communities through mathematics literacy work

Our Candy Making Self-Guided Tour of Cambridge is a great way to spend a Sunday exploring #localhistory. Check out Cambr...
09/19/2021

Our Candy Making Self-Guided Tour of Cambridge is a great way to spend a Sunday exploring #localhistory. Check out Cambridge Day's weekly recap for more:
https://buff.ly/2###WvV

#cambma #iwantcandy
Cambridge Office for Tourism

Our Candy Making Self-Guided Tour of Cambridge is a great way to spend a Sunday exploring #localhistory. Check out Cambridge Day's weekly recap for more:
https://buff.ly/2###WvV

#cambma #iwantcandy
Cambridge Office for Tourism

Michael M. is the newest member of our #HCHistoryHive. He adds to the collective memories of Ms. McCartney, our mystery ...
09/18/2021
History Hive: Mrs. McCartney | History Cambridge

Michael M. is the newest member of our #HCHistoryHive. He adds to the collective memories of Ms. McCartney, our mystery mechanic: "I didn't know she was a mechanic, but it was obvious that she spent alot [sic] of time in, under, and around cars because her trademark white coat was always dirty with grease. She obviously knew everything there was to know about cars. And she seemed to enjoy what she was doing. You could always get a laugh out of her, when she wasn't coughing.

I don't know if she smoked, but I think the chemicals in the gas station did a number on her lungs. That is what got her, in April of 1980. My father used to get mad when he saw her bills, ("Your damn bills,” and she just laughed at him). She was a fixture in Harvard Square, and a character. It was never quite the same when she moved the garage to the corner of Bay St. and Mass. Ave."

Read all about Ms. McCartney:

#localhistory #womenshistory #cambma

#HCHistoryHive, you did it! We asked you to help us find the identity of a well known female mechanic who may have run a Gulf gas station in Brattle Square. This mechanical whiz was able to fix a car by hammering and/or kicking the motor. When asked if her fee was too much for simply roughing up the...

09/17/2021
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More from our #HCHistoryHive! #ICYMI We asked you to help us find the identity of a well known female mechanic who ran a gas station in Brattle Square. She was able to fix a car by hammering and/or kicking the motor. When asked if her fee was too much for simply roughing up the motor, she said it wasn’t just for kicking, but for knowing where to kick.

From Liz J.: "I remember seeing her lying on her back under our car when my dad took it down for service sometime in the 40's. This fascinated and surprised me to see a woman working as a mechanic!"

Liz also sent this fascinating account: https://buff.ly/3EkLj2S
#localhistory #womenshistory #cambma
Cambridge Office for Tourism, Cambridge Historical Commission

09/15/2021
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#HCHistoryHive, you did it! We asked you to help us find the identity of a well known female mechanic who may have run a Gulf gas station in Brattle Square. This mechanical whiz was able to fix a car by hammering and/or kicking the motor. When asked if her fee was too much for simply roughing up the motor, she said it wasn’t just for kicking, but for knowing where to kick.

Heli M. says, "Mrs. McCartney, the owner of the gas station in the heart of Harvard Sq. was a formidable woman. Tiny, with fluffy white hair, she was always dressed like a doctor in a white coat and holding a clipboard. Although small and female in a man’s world, she spoke commandingly. She would telephone my mother and say 'Mrs. Spiegel, I’m sending a man to pick up your car - it’s time for your oil change,' or some procedure she'd kept track of. The car would duly be whisked away and returned a few hours later. In return, my mother got her gas at the station. She’d drive in and say, getting out of the car, 'Fill her up while I run across the street to pick up a lipstick at Woolworths.' And they would. Parking spaces in the Square were as difficult to find in the 1950s and 60s as they are now."

Frank K. replied, "I think her name was Mrs. McCartney, and I believe she took over when her husband died. When the Coolidge Bank bought the property she had to move down Mass. Ave to the west corner of Bay St. She was one tough lady."

#localhistory #womenshistory #cambma

Take our candy making tour…#localhistory #CambMA #IwantCandy
09/13/2021
Self-guided tour: The history of candy making - Cambridge Day

Take our candy making tour…
#localhistory #CambMA #IwantCandy

With the high-tech firms and pharmaceutical companies that now dominate the landscape in Kendall Square and other parts of Cambridge, it’s hard to image that 50 years ago candy was king here.

Did You Know? A look today at Sacramento Field in the Baldwin neighborhood would show no hint of a pool – let alone of t...
09/06/2021
There was a sylvan reservoir stocked for fishers as space went from a bleachery to a playground - Cambridge Day

Did You Know? A look today at Sacramento Field in the Baldwin neighborhood would show no hint of a pool – let alone of the grape-arbored reservoir for the Middlesex Bleachery, stocked with fish for anglers, that occupied the site some 70 years ago

Michael Kenney writes for History Cambridge at https://bit.ly/3tfXDfQ. #CambMA

A current image of Sacramento Field in the Baldwin neighborhood shows no hint of a pool – let alone of the reservoir for the Middlesex Bleachery that occupied the site some 70 years ago

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