Life in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House: The Emerson and Dow Years

BY STERLING DOW This paper is from the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings for the Years 1976-1979, Volume 44 A native of Portland, Maine, Sterling Dow received his undergraduate and graduate education at Harvard, where he taught Classics and the history of ancient Greece until his retirement as John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in 1970. His paper was given on … Read More

CHS Executive Director Marieke Van Damme Invites Your Stories of Engagement

Click here to share your story! The question posed by this year’s theme at the Cambridge Historical Society, “How Does Cambridge Engage?” has brought to mind the many ways that we have taken part in political and cultural movements, starting with the American Revolution. Ever since our founding as Newe Towne in 1636, the citizens of Cambridge have come together … Read More

“Sweet Souls” Oral History Project Underway

The Cambridge Historical Society has launched an oral history project, in partnership with the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and The Loop Lab. This summer, “Sweet Souls, Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge” will be documenting the life stories of twelve people, or “narrators,” closely affiliated with the 117-year-old settlement house in the Port, using audio recordings and … Read More

50 Years Later: Harvard’s 1969 Protests

In Cambridge, as in the rest of America, the late 1960s were a period of unrest and upheaval. As we consider our 2019 theme “How Does Cambridge Engage?” we benefit from looking back fifty years to the Spring of  1969. The events of April 8th-10th, 1969 were a response to the Vietnam War and the social and political tensions it sparked. … Read More

Winwood Serjeant Letters Digitized for Online Research

This collection will be featured at our 2019 Open Archives on June 27. We are delighted to announce that the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati has generously provided funding to digitize the Cambridge Historical Society’s Winwood Serjeant Letters  (1769-1840) and make them accessible to the public on our website and in person at the historic Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. Winwood Serjeant (c.1730?-1780) … Read More

Governing Council News: Christina DeYoung Elected President

The Cambridge Historical Society is delighted to announce that Christina DeYoung was elected to serve as President of the Governing Council of the Cambridge Historical Society at the Annual Meeting in February, succeeding Tod Beaty who has stepped down after six years of distinguished leadership. Also elected to the Governing Council in February were Belinda Clerisme, Marni Clippinger, Howard Lurie, … Read More

Mass Humanities Oral History Grant

In March, Mass Humanities awarded the Cambridge Historical Society $7,500 to conduct an oral history project. “Sweet Souls, Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge” will gather the personal stories and experiences of twelve people affiliated with the 112-year-old settlement house in the Port. Interviews will be conducted by Katie Burke and Lina Raciukaitis, under the guidance of … Read More

CHS Executive Director Marieke Van Damme Introduces our 2019 Theme: How Does Cambridge Engage?

At the annual Opening Conversation held at the Cambridge Public Library in February, Cambridge Historical Society Executive Director Marieke Van Damme discussed the theme that will shape the Society’s programs throughout 2019: How Does Cambridge Engage? Three years ago, we decided to tackle issues that Cambridge is facing today and to offer a historical perspective. We vowed to be timely, … Read More

Huron Village’s Modern Houses

Although Huron Village is dominated by houses dating from after the Civil War to the first quarter of the twentieth century, it is actually well furnished with what are still called “modern houses.” We say “Modern,” although the four following examples were built nearly a half century to three quarters of a century ago. Three were built as the architect’s own house or for his parents, a time-tested method of introducing a difficult new style into a neighborhood.

“Three Distinct and Separate Communities”

The Old Cambridge Secession Attempts of 1842–44 By Edward Rodley   Introduction The Cambridge, Massachusetts, of 2017 is a heavily developed, densely populated urban center with a population that has hovered around 100,000 for the past twenty years. Regional differences exist from one part of the city to another, but the sense of Cambridge as a unique, distinct community provides a … Read More