11/13/18—Past—History Café: “Jahar”

What an incredible final event to our year focusing on “Where is Cambridge From?”! The evening was filled with thoughtful remarks from our filmmakers, moderator, and attendees about the process of healing after a local tragedy, and the importance of continuing these types of open discussions and conversations to learn from the past. Interested in this event? Check out more … Read More

2018-Past-History Cafés and Walking Tours

Check back soon for dates to upcoming History Cafés and Walking Tours! History Cafés are lively conversations with experts, bringing a historical perspective to timely topics in unique settings around Cambridge. They are social, conversational, and fun. Come to learn, stay for good conversation, refreshments, and cheer! This year’s “Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafés will explore the past and … Read More

07/24/18: Past—History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People

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Thank you to Katherine Howe, author, and Society board member Ed Rodley, 4th generation Cambridge Irish-American, for leading a conversation about two defining Cambridge types—Brahmins and City People—at the heart of where Cambridge is from. Thank you as well to Archivist Maggie Hoffman and Intern Lydia MacKay, for giving us a peek into the Society’s archives, including a brief look at the Susan Nichols’ journals from the late 1800s.

07/14/18: Past—Walking Tour: Caribbean Community in the Port

We had a great time with the wonderful Marian Darlington-Hope & Joe Galusha on their walking tour of the Port. The tour focused on the history of the Caribbean community in the Port through personal stories in the context of places of work, education, worship, and outreach.

07/09/18: Past — History Café 3 & Walking Tour: Caribbean Community in the Port

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We want to thank the fantastic speakers, those who led the walking tour, Joe Galusha and Marian Darlington-Hope, as well as the history café, when we were joined by Cleola Payne and Selvin Chambers, as well as the Lamplighter Brewing Co. for providing a wonderful space, and of course everyone who showed up and participated! We learned a lot about the history and current situation of the Port neighborhood, especially the Caribbean community which has been so central to its story.

06/13/18: Past — Open Archives 2018

On June 13, the Cambridge Historical Society participated in the annual Open Archives, hosted by the Cambridge Historical Commission. Under the direction of our Archivist Maggie Hoffman, we were able to showcase a variety of historical materials from our archival collections, such as the Hodges-Swan family papers and the Harvard Square Defense Fund.

05/30/18: Past — “Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafe 1: East Cambridge & The Facts

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We enjoyed a lively evening of conversation and learning at the great Atwood’s Tavern! Thanks to all of the participants for coming and sharing their curiosity and enthusiasm about East Cambridge and “the facts.” Our speakers, Cliff Cook and Michael Delia, with the guidance of our moderator Reed Gochberg, had much to say on subjects of demographic trends, a changing East Cambridge, and the central role of the East End House in the neighborhood.