The Cambridge Historical Society seeks interested persons to serve on its Governing Council beginning in April 2017.

The Society’s Councilors serve three-year terms.

About the Society
From the American Revolution to the biotech revolution, the history of Cambridge is unlike that of any other city. A community this vibrant and original must preserve its past and learn from it to make today’s Cambridge the best it can be. Working together with our community, the Cambridge Historical Society connects the past with our present and future, serves as stewards of our collective history, and inspires questions like “how come?” and “what if?” for generations to come.

Plans for the Future
In 2014, the Society completed a strategic planning process to guide us through 2018. The ambitious plan builds off of years of successful preservation and programming efforts and lays the groundwork for expanded operations.

The Society exists to help our community explore and understand how and why we got here and to use that perspective to better understand contemporary issues. We aim to increase empathy in the city through conversational program formats and question-raising. Our vision is to bring the history of Cambridge “forward,” making it an integral part of our present and future. We enable our community to better recognize, understand, and appreciate the threads that connect yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Each year, the Society frames its annual programming around one issue of pressing interest to Cantabrigians today. In 2016, we discussed housing in Cambridge by asking “Are We Home?” The Society's 2017 theme is “What Does Cambridge Make?”

Serving as a Councilor
To achieve our goals as outlined in the strategic plan, the Society seeks individuals interested in sharing the history of Cambridge with the following skill sets:
• Grant writing, benefit/event planning, or other fundraising talents;
• Social media and/or marketing and communications;
• Collections management.

Council members are expected to:
• Attend Council meetings;
• Serve on at least one committee;
• Actively assist in fundraising activities;
• Provide professional guidance in your area of expertise;
• Embrace the Society’s vision and enthusiastically communicate our vision to all current and potential members and supporters.

Individuals interested in learning more about joining the Council should email a short note of interest to Marieke Van Damme, Executive Director, and Frank Kramer, Chair, Nominations Committee, at by January 16, 2017.