What do a Mississippi-born blues/jazz musician, a three-term US Poet Laureate, a legendary basketball coach, and an award-winning NPR host have in common? Cambridge, Massachusetts!

Here at the Cambridge Historical Society, we believe that through their experiences, every person in our city knows something about Cambridge’s history, and their knowledge matters. We support people in sharing history with each other–and weaving their knowledge together–by offering them the floor, the mic, the platform. We believe that as we weave together our unique experiences, we are all creating the history of today.

We’re excited to bring you our fall fundraising event, Shaped By Cambridge. Join moderator Marieke Van Damme, executive director, for a live, four-part series of conversations with people whose lives have been influenced by our extraordinary city.

Your ticket purchase supports a great cause! As our speakers are donating their time and expertise, all proceeds from this event will directly benefit our work exploring how the past influences the present.

Know someone who should be featured for our next series? Tell us! info@cambridgehistory.org

Thursday, October 1, 7:30-8:30 pm | Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus is an award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist who brought a piece of Cambridge history to the world as head of the band Squirrel Nut Zippers. A native of the American South, Jimbo befriended Hollis G. Gerrish, the owner and president of Squirrel Brand Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who allowed the band the use of the name.

Thursday, October 8, 7:30-8:30 pm|Robin Young

Robin Young is a co-host of NPR and WBUR’s daily program Here and Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and more.

Thursday, October 15, 7:30-8:30 pm | Coach Mike Jarvis

Coach Jarvis played on Rindge Technical High School’s 1962 Class A Championship (East Massachusetts) team. He also coached at Rindge and Latin, where his players included NBA players Patrick Ewing, Rumeal Robinson, and former George Washington head coach Karl Hobbs. He is the author of several books including The Seven C’s of Leadership.

Thursday, October 22, 7:30-8:30 pm |Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky served an unprecedented three terms as United States Poet Laureate and founded the Favorite Poem Project. His spoken word albums are PoemJazz and House Hour. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

Photo credit Eric Antoniou

Your ticket admits your entire household to all four virtual events. Can’t make all the events? A video recording will be made available to ticket holders after the event.

Thank you for making our work throughout Cambridge possible!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors


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A benefit for the Cambridge Historical Society