Cambridge Discovery Days

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 11:00am - Sat, 08/11/2012 - 4:00pm

Saturday, August 4 and 11 from 11 to 4 as a part of the city wide Cambridge Discovery Days, the Historical Society will host our photo scanning days.

Photo Scanning Days
August 4 & 11 | 11 AM-4 PM | 159 Brattle St | Cambridge
If you bring a photo that was taken in Cambridge to the Cambridge Historical Society and let us scan it for our digital collection, we’ll give you back the original and give you a free scoop of Toscanini’s ice cream! Gus and Mimi Rancatore have generously donated 100 scoops of ice cream, so there is no need for a coupon or any delayed gratification; bring in a photo, walk out with an ice cream.

This is your chance to add your personal view to the history of Cambridge.

• What kind of photos are we looking for? Just about anything in Cambridge: block parties, school plays, your house when you first moved in, big snow storms, hurricanes, parades, birthday parties, your dog on your back porch, you name it, we’re probably interested. The only thing we’re not looking for is photos taken within the last year, it needs to have a little history to get an ice cream.

• Why do we want these? The images from personal collections are a great way to document the history and changes in Cambridge. In past years we have received images of the Blizzard of ’78, a 1960s shot of the inside of Elsie’s Diner, street scenes of Central Square in the 1990s, images of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Parade from both the 1950s and the 1990s, little league pictures, first communion pictures, and neighborhood shots.

• What will we do with these? We’ll add them to our digital collection of images of Cambridge. They will be available to people interested in the history of Cambridge and the Historical Society may use them in educational displays or publications. You will retain the copyright to the image, so if we wanted to use the image in a for profit way, we would have to contact you for your consent prior to doing so.

• Can you have a copy of the digital file? Sure.

• Can you bring multiple images? Sure, although we can only offer one ice cream per-person.

Questions? Comments? Contact Gavin Kleespies at

Images (counterclockwise from top left): Mary Dorothy and Ruth McElwain, ca. 1928, courtesy of Sandra Dolan (scanned 2010); Neighborhood kids, 1970s, courtesy of Rick Levy (scanned 2009); The blizzard of ’78 along the Charles, 1978, courtesy of Penelope Kleespies (scanned 2010); Bicentennial Celebration in Harvard Square, 1976, courtesy of Jinny Nathans (scanned 2009); Memorial Hall, taken between 1925 and 1956, courtesy of Barbara Yeoman (scanned in 2009)

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