An Intrepid Lady of Brattle Street: Sara Chapman Bull

By Ted Hansen Beginning in 1879, until her death in 1911, Sara Chapman Bull lived in Cambridge, first at “Elmwood” (the Oliver-Gerry-Lowell House), and from 1889 until her death at 186 Brattle Street. A number of facts about her should pique our interest: At age 20, she was married in a semi-secret ceremony in Norway to a 60-year-old renowned Norwegian … Read More

2020 Opening Conversation

Help us kick off a year of programming around our 2020 theme, “Who Are Cambridge Women?” Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 25, 2020* Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch6-8 PM *Inclement weather date is Wednesday, February 26, at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House Founded in 1891, the Cambridge YWCA has been dedicated to the health and well-being of Cambridge women for … Read More

NEW! Purchase a 2020 History Café Season Pass

Introducing our 2020 History Café Season Pass! Similar to a theater’s season ticket, this pass allows Society members the opportunity to purchase tickets for our entire History Café series upfront at a discounted rate. In 2020, we plan to hold three History Cafés as well as our Summer walking tour. The pass costs $30 (a $40 value) and is available … Read More

Introducing the 2020 theme “Who Are Cambridge Women?”

The Cambridge Historical Society engages with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. This year, we are asking “Who Are Cambridge Women?” Our 2020 theme is important now more than ever in this year of national celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women suffrage. While the Society … Read More

Recap of 11/13/2019 Fall Conversation

On November 13, 2019, Cambridge Historical Society hosted Fall Conversation 2019: How Can We Make Change Here? at University Lutheran Church. Speakers Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Dr. Charlotte Ryan joined moderator Mary McNeil to discuss activism and how they use education as a tool to engage others. This event concluded the Society’s 2019 programs centered on the question “How Does Cambridge … Read More

Serjeant Family Letters Transcribed

Thanks to generous funding from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Serjeant Family Letters (1769-1840) have now been digitized and transcribed. This collection offers insight into the life of a Loyalist family in the years leading up to and following the Revolutionary War. The letters, transcribed below, illuminate the connections between family and religion and shed light on colonial … Read More

Renew your membership

Join hundreds of others curious about the rich history of Cambridge. Renew your membership today! We welcome all donors as members. In recognition of your support, you will receive: A subscription to our quarterly e-newsletter Invitations to the Opening Conversation & Annual Meeting, History Café series, Fall Conversation, Holiday Party, and other signature events throughout the year Discounted event registration … 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