Cambridge, A Pioneer Home Of Electronics by Harold B. Richmond

Cambridge, A Pioneer Home Of Electronics By Harold B. Richmond* Read October 28, 1952   A​s​ a sort of Christmas present last year, my very good friend and a distinguished citizen of Cambridge, the late Elmer A. Noden, appeared one day in my office to inquire if I would be the next speaker at the Cambridge Club and talk on … Read More

Early Cambridge Newspapers by George Grier Wright

Early Cambridge Newspapers By George Grier Wright Read January 24, 1928   In the fall of 1839 two school boys, Peter L. Cox, aged fifteen years, and his brother Henry S., aged twelve years, conceived the idea of publishing a weekly paper for Cambridge. These boys belonged to a family of printers. An older brother published a paper in Virginia, … Read More

The Howl by Richard Griffin

The Howl was born in 1992 from a conversation held in midair over the Atlantic Ocean. My wife, Susan Keane, and I were returning from a vacation, and we were in the mood for a new project, preferably one that would benefit our neighborhood. We finally agreed that some kind of periodical could bring the people of Howland Street closer … Read More

When Sweet Flavors Filled the Air by Michael Kenney

When Orra L. Stone compiled his History of Massachusetts Industry in 1930, he counted no less than 29 candy-manufacturing firms in Cambridge. There were giants like the New England Confectionary Co., whose 1,400 workers produced some 500 varieties of candy, including the iconic NECCO wafers, at its plant on Massachusetts Avenue, and small family-run firms throughout Cambridgeport and East Cambridge. … Read More

Swimming in a Countercultural Sea by Dick Cluster

For much of its brief existence between 1968 and 1970, the 16-page tabloid underground newspaper Old Mole featured a column of short items called Zaps on page 4. Here are two: “PEACE CORPS EXPELS 13 FOR ANTI-WAR ACTIVITY –– a real, live headline from the Washington Star.” “If it isn’t in the New York Times Index, maybe it didn’t happen.” … Read More

Past “Whose Kendall?” History Café and Walking Tour

Kendall Square Then and Now

Join us Tuesday, 9/12/17 at Cambridge Brewing Company for a Walking Tour ​& Talk about ​this dramatically changing neighborhood of Cambridge with Daniel Berger-Jones​ from Cambridge Historical Tours​ ​and Peter Abair​ from Mass Bio. Cambridge Brewing Company is located at 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. Click here to buy tickets Check back soon for more updates.

“Apothecary Now: A look inside the medicine cabinet” History Café

Apothecary Versus Prescription Drug Mass Production

Join us Wednesday, 9/27/17 at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals for a ​peek inside​ yesterday’s and today’s medicine cabinet ​​with Rachel Meyers from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Robert Skenderian of Skenderian Apothecary. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is located at 300 Third St., Cambridge, MA 02142. Click here to buy tickets Check back soon for more updates.

“Why Here?” – The first installment of the 2017 Fall Symposium

October Symposium Postcard

Our 2017 Symposium’s theme is “Made in Cambridge: What’s Happening in Kendall Square?” Join us on Monday, October 2nd at the Cambridge Public Library for the first part of our 2017 Fall Symposium: “Why Here?” Our moderator is Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of Cambridge, and our speakers are Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health at Cambridge Public Health, Robin Wolfe … Read More