Recap: History Tour 2019: Central Square Activism from the 1960s to Now

Thank you to all who joined us for an engaging tour through Central Square with intern Amelia Zurcher! This tour looked at Central Square and its surrounding neighborhoods as sites of tremendous social and political activity, where activists sought to achieve visions of affordable housing and food, equal representation, civil rights, and global peace. Through exploration of settings of debate, … Read More

Recap: Cambridge Open Archives 2019

In late June, the Cambridge Historical Society participated in the eleventh annual Cambridge Open Archives, a free event organized by the Cambridge Historical Commission where archival repositories around Cambridge open their doors to visitors and highlight thematic collections. This year’s theme was “Politics and Activism in Cambridge (and Beyond).” Visitors to the Society had the opportunity to learn about and … Read More

Recap of 6/25/19 History Cafe 2: Engaging with “Difficult Histories” Workshop

Thank you to all who joined us at the First Church of Cambridge for the June 25th History Café: Engaging with “Difficult Histories” Workshop. The Café was led by two historians, Dr. Stephen Berrey, University of Michigan, and Dr. Tatiana Cruz, Lesley University, who guided us through a facilitated conversation based on their research and scholarship. Dr. Berrey’s academic research … Read More

A Fond Farewell to CHS Treasurer Andy Leighton

Friends and family gathered at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House in early April to celebrate Andy Leighton, who has stepped down after nearly three decades of service to the Cambridge Historical Society. Current and former Society presidents, executive directors, council members, staff, and friends thanked Leighton for his countless contributions as a member of the Finance Committee and the Advisory Council, and … Read More

Recap of 4/10/19 History Café: Digital Engagement

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the April 10 History Café: Digital Engagement, with City Councilors Sumbul Siddiqui and Alanna Mallon and moderator Smarika Suwal. The event, held at CCTV, drew an engaged crowd.

Recap of 2019 Opening Conversation & Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cambridge Historical Society’s “Opening Conversation” & Annual Meeting! We also want to thank our captivating speakers, Dr. Karilyn Crockett and Diana Lempel. To kick off the year-long series of events, CHS hosted Dr. Crockett and Diana Lempel in exploring the year’s thematic question, “How Does Cambridge Engage?” Dr. Crockett drew on her work as … Read More

Recap of 11/13/18 History Café: “Jahar” Screening and Panel

What do you do when your classmate, friend, and neighbor turns out to have been responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that shook the world?  The unforgettable closing event of a year spent exploring the question “Where is Cambridge From?” was a screening and conversation with the filmmakers of “Jahar,”  a short film made by two high school friends … Read More