“Who is Safe and Welcome Here?” Join us for an evening of exploration of the history of welcoming and exclusion in Cambridge from its founding to the present day.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Society’s “From Cambridge” Spring Benefit was a festive evening with old and new friends, delicious food and great music. The evening’s program was moderated by Merry (Corky) White, local food anthropologist; and featured Kari Kuelzer, owner of Grendel’s Den, Harvard Square; and Hector Piña, co-owner of La Fábrica Central, Central Square.